Florida Trail Association

Remembering Carl Dunnam

Franklin Carl Dunnam
February 6, 1934 – July 2, 2018
Suwannee Chapter: Trail Maintainer
FTA Awards: Special Service (2002), Lifetime Achievement (2005)

Franklin Carl Dunnam, 84, born in Boynton Beach, Florida on February 6, 1934, and a resident of Live Oak for the past 32 years, passed away on July 2, 2018 after a brief illness. A celebration of Carl’s life will take place this fall.

Carl’s company and conversation was open to everyone, his heart beat for the honest, simple and wholesome. His humor put everyone at ease and he made friends wherever he went.  He was a kind man who enjoyed working with his hands, especially transforming wood into beautiful porch swings. Carl will be remembered for travels within the US and abroad, time spent camping, hiking and canoeing, the lingering smell of wood chips in his workshop, his love for old western films and country music, storytelling, occasional colorful language, handy pen and notebook in his left pocket always at the ready, and the ever present measuring tape, functioning as his third arm.  He took fashion cues from no one. His signature daily look was all his: well worn blue work shirts, boots, dungarees and a ball cap. His stubbornness, pride, enormous heart, simplicity, empathy and love for family and friends will be missed. He loved red shouldered hawks, Florida State University Seminoles, grits, Sylvia’s sour cream pound cake, and sweet tea.

Carl served in the U.S. Navy and retired from the phone company after 32 years of service.  Since 1973, alongside many volunteers, he and Sylvia actively built, maintained and supported the Florida Trail – most recently shuttling hikers traversing the trail within the region of the Suwannee River.

Carl is survived by Sylvia; his beloved wife for over 60 years.   He leaves behind three brothers and two sisters along with two children, Dawn (John) Griffin, Tallahassee, and David Dunnam, Palm Beach Gardens.  Carl is also survived by four granddaughters whom he adored; Christina (Eddie) Ortado (Wellington), Jess (Charlene) Dunnam (Port St Lucie), Megan Griffin (London, England) and Sara Griffin (New York City) and one great-grandson, Kenny Ortado (Wellington).

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in Carl’s name to the Florida Trail Association at floridatrail.org.  Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., Live Oak handled the cremation.