Close friends remember Master Sgt. Jonathan Dunbar

Austin

He was a loving father, a loyal friend and a decorated soldier.

On this Easter Sunday, Master Sgt. Jonathan Dunbar’s close friends mourn his death. He was killed when a roadside bomb went off while he was on patrol in Syria on Thursday.

Master Sgt. Dunbar, 36,  graduated from Connally High School in 1999 in Austin.  He was a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal.

“He’s been my best friend since I was 10 years old,” Darrell McGuire said. “And we grew up playing football together — hanging out together.” 

McGuire says Dunbar was just in Austin in January, and they talked a lot about his family.

“I think he had served the country well and was probably time to come home and take care of his family — spend a little bit more time with his family. But he certainly enjoyed the military and standing up for his country doing what needed to be done,” McGuire said.

Master Sgt. Dunbar is survived by his wife and children, including one on the way.

“I hope to be half the man he was,” said childhood friend Albert Sanchez. “He was humble. He was caring, loving and there isn’t a bad thing to say about the man.”

His friends promise to keep his legacy alive and are working on a memorial here in Austin in the coming days. 

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