Former Adelphia/Time Warner production manager Joe Dunn died Tuesday from complications of a massive stroke he suffered on Aug. 21. He was 47.
Dunn worked for Adelphia/Time Warner for 19 years, from 1987 to 2006, and played a key role in the network’s High School Game of the Week broadcasts in the Diamond Bar/Walnut/Rowland Heights areas.
Easily visible by his wardrobe of t-shirt and shorts, no matter how cold, and full beard, Dunn also frequently helped with other events around Diamond Bar, even after leaving the company.
“People will probably remember him as the guy with the curly hair, big beard and neon shorts in December,” Dunn’s former co-worker and Adelphia/Time Warner play-by-play man Anthony Sarinana said. “It’s going to take some time to realize he’s gone. He was always around. There will definitely be a big chunk missing.”
Dunn, who lived in Ontario, is survived by his wife Cathy, daughter Stephanie and son Jonathan. Stephanie attends Mt. San Antonio College while Jonathan is a freshman at Diamond Bar High.
Dunn had been hospitalized at Kaiser Permanente in Fontana after suffering the stroke on August 21. He wasn’t able to speak or move and took a turn for the worse before passing away on Tuesday.
“I worked with Joe a lot and he wasn’t afraid to tell you how it was,” Time Warner sportscaster Reginald Miller said. “That’s what I appreciated about him — he wasn’t afraid to tell you what he thought and oftentimes he was right.
“He was a kindhearted guy and beloved in the city of Diamond Bar. He wore whatever he wanted and his wardrobe was incredibly outdated. He marched to the beat of his own drummer.”
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Aram’s take: I only got to work with him a few times, but saw him around quite often and I can tell you that Joe loved him some prep sports and didn’t care what sport it was. You couldn’t miss him and he was a great, great guy and truly unique. He and Sarinana put on excellent productions and anybody in the area they covered knows exactly what I’m talking about. He will be missed.