Winston L. Dunlap, born May 2nd, 1938 to Jack Anson Dunlap and Ruby Estelle "Wyatt" Dunlap, in Sudan Texas (53 miles NW of Lubbock) passed away November 14, 2008 in Hermosa Beach, California. Winston graduated from Cisco High School in Cisco, Texas before entering the United States Army in 1958. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service while stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. Winston came back to attend school at the University of Texas and started his career at the Lone Star Gas company in Dallas. He then worked for Six Flags Theme Park for 17 years and was in charge of the acquisition of Magic Mountain in Los Angeles, California. This brought his family out to the west coast where he eventually left the company as Vice President of Finance. Winston, driven by a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a very supportive wife, Nancy, started Pronto Messenger Service in North Hollywood, California from 1980 to 1994. It was during this time he became involved with his favorite past time, his three sons, Kevin, Mike, and Brian. The family was heavily involved in BMX racing and frequently traveled around the country racing BMX at various tracks. Winston ended up purchasing their hometown BMX track "Devonshire Downs" in Northridge. He and his sons continued their racing enjoyment until the boys left home for school. With inspiration from his sons, Winston, Nancy and the boys started DVS Shoe Company in 1995. DVS has grown into a worldwide enterprise that today employs over 125 people. As he approached his golden years of enjoyment with his wife and their grandchildren, Alzheimer's took him away. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Dunlap; his sons, Kevin Dunlap and wife, Alissa of Hermosa Beach, California; Mike Dunlap and wife, Kirsten of Huntington Beach, California; Brian Dunlap and wife, Sandy, of Manhattan Beach, California; grandchildren, Devin, Kale, Ashley, Zack, Cooper, Taylor, all of California. Winston is survived by 3 brothers, 3 sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. Many thanks to: Lorena Morego, the caregivers at Sunrise Assisted Living of Hermosa Beach, the Alzheimer's Unit, and the staff of Vitas Hospice. Public viewing: Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance CA 90503. Funeral: Thursday, November 20, 2008, 10:00 am at Rice Mortuary. Burial: Thursday November 20, 2008, 2:00 pm at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92518. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to the Alzheimer's Association, Attn: Development Department, 5900 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1100, Los Angeles, California 90036, or to, the Winston L. Dunlap Tribute Fund.

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May the Lord’s face shine upon your family and offer the comfort that only He can provide.

  2. Wendall, Theresa and Family I am very sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Rosie Romero

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and Gerald and all the Dunlap family at this time. Bonnie Williams Miller(class 1960 Cisco) and Bill Miller (class 1955 Cisco)

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Nancy, and the entire Dunlap family at this time of special need. I pray God will be your strength and comfort.

  5. Nancy,Gerald, and Dunlap Children, May God bless you and give you comfort during this time. You are in our prayers. Jerry and Linda Slaughter

  6. Nancy, May the good LORD give you and yours comfort and peace in this sad time. GOD BLESS Joe and Linda Walton

  7. Winston was a friend to all that knew him and we will all miss him and his wonderful smile. It was my pleasure to have known him through high school and life. Our prayers go out to his family for their loss.

  8. My deepest sympathy to you on the passing of Winston. I remember him and some of his siblings from our Cisco High School days. I was so sorry to read of his illness and death. My prayers are with all the family.

  9. What incredible accomplishments. Our Cisco High School family has lost a good member. May the Lord comfort each member of the family. Linda “Pirtle” Black

  10. May the peace and love of God be with your family as we who grew up with Wendall mourn the loss with you. LC Class of 1856

  11. Winston was a wonderful friend and a beloved member of the Cisco High School Class of 1955. We will miss his smile and pleasant demeanor at all our reunions. We are praying for all of you during this time.

  12. I’m so sorry about the loss of one of our sweetest classmates, Winston. In reading about his life, it is obvious he had the love of a wonderful family and good sense to enjoy them. We, in Cisco, always knew he was smart!

  13. Our prayers and condolences go out to the Dunlap family at this time of loss. Winston was an example for us all.

  14. Our prayers are with you and your boys during this time. Mary Jane Rendall Little, Class of 56, Cisco High School

  15. My sincerest condolences to the family. I fondly cherish my high school memories of Winston. Neva

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