*To get a sweet version of this same story, visit our daughter's (Emi Dunn Rigby) blog. She really shares such a sweet appreciation for the events of that day 20 years ago. Thanks, Em!!
On August 14, 1994 President Michael Dunn was attacked by a Grizzly Bear in Grand Teton National Park and miraculously survived. He was the first person in the 54 year history of the park to be attacked by a bear. We celebrate today his survival and wonderful life. Here are a few snapshots in honor of his life and God's hand in saving it! We celebrate this 20th year Anniversary with this blog post!!
|This picture taken the summer Michael was attacked, just prior to our trip to the Tetons. Jeff, 10, Brady, 8 and little Emily only 4. Our dog Kea was always in the picture!|
|We had moved to Park City that same year and bought a home just a mile or so away from where my parents lived.|
|After the attack, in the hospital in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Kids kept their sense of humor and so did the Bear..Man! He told the kids right after seeing him for the first time. "Remember kids, don't feed the bears.."|
|Just one year later, Michael was able to get his running legs back and with the help of our two sons, Jeff and Brady, he crossed the St. George Marathon in record time and was able to qualify to run in the Boston Marathon the next spring!|
|We were certainly blessed to have our husband and father around and with us for all the memories and experiences of life. Never does a day go by that we don't count our blessings.|
|He felt so lucky to be alive, that he signed up for the challenging Wasatch 100 and completed it, not just once but twice. His passion for life and zest for living only increased by surviving a life threatening experience.|
|How blessed to have his example to be with our sons as they served honorable missions|
|We have returned to the Tetons every year before and since the attack. In our 3 year mission pause, our children are keeping the tradition alive for us with their families.|
|Long may he ride!|