ROCKPORT – Dale Edward Dunavent, 66, died Friday, April 10, 2009, surrounded by his loving family at Penobscot Bay Medical Center, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born Nov. 10, 1942, in Houston, he was the son of Sidney W. Dunavent and Lorraine (Wotipka) Dunavent. He was a graduate of Jones High School and received a Bachelor of Science in technology from the University of Houston. He served six years in the Texas Air National Guard at Ellington Field, Texas. After graduating, Dale worked in drafting/technology, went into technical advertising and upon moving to Louisiana, went into sales engineering, which was his “fun” job. In Maine, he continued working in industrial sales throughout the state. Dale married Patricia “Bunnie” Unrath, June 10, 1967, in Alexandria, La. After living in Texas and Louisiana, the family fell in love with Maine while vacationing and in June 1987 they moved from Baton Rouge, La., to Maine. He was an active participant in family life, never missing a recital, concert, game or activity of his children or grandchildren. He loved working with wood and making things for his grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing and sailing on Canyon Lake in Southeast Texas with his family, as well as spending time on Penobscot Bay. Dale was a communicant of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church, Camden. He also served as a Eucharistic minister. Dale will be remembered as one who would shared his story with those who would listen, and if you were one of the lucky ones, you’ll always have a bit of his story with you. Surviving are his wife, Patricia “Bunnie” Dunavent of Rockport; his two daughters, Christine Van Alstine and her husband, Peter, of Yarmouth, and Suzanne Dunavent-White and her husband, Michael White, of Camden; his father-in-law, Richard Unrath of Rockport; four grandchildren, Hannah and Hayden Van Alstine, Sydney and Rhys White; a brother, Sidney W. Dunavent Jr. and his wife, Phyllis, of Houston; a sister, Dianne Babb and her husband, Lowell, of The Woodlands, Texas; nieces and nephews, Karen Blue of California, Jason Babb of New Jersey and Chris Babb of New Jersey, and their families. He was predeceased by his parents. A memorial Mass will be held 1 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church, Camden, with the Rev. Mark Reinhardt officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Maine Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 553, Portland, ME 04112 or Camden Area Interfaith Food Pantry, 128 Mount Battie St., Camden, ME 04843. Arrangements with Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden.