If you shot clay targets, particularly skeet, at any time in the past at Tri-County Gun Club in Oregon, you probably knew Joe Dunn. If you’re a recent member and you didn’t know Joe, you are currently benefiting from Joe’s influence on shotgunning at TCGC. Joe passed away December 9, 2023. Joe led the Skeet program at Tri-County Gun Club for 35+ years until the pandemic caused him to retire as the club’s Skeet Activity Chair. Over the years, Joe was an avid promoter of local and regional skeet and international skeet shooting by preparing articles for the Oregonian newspaper outlining upcoming events, tournaments results and reporting on individual shooters.
As a competitor, Joe was awarded many individual class awards and father-and-son awards with his standout son, Joe Jr. (“Joey”). Joe volunteered countless hours maintaining our skeet fields and target throwers, and with club governance. Joe represented TCGC as a member of the National Skeet Shooting Association for three decades and was an NSSA Certified Instructor. In July, 2022, Joe Dunn Sr. was inducted into the Oregon Skeet Shooting Association Hall of Fame.
Joe’s legacy was his desire to help many new and experienced shooters develop skills and knowledge of the sport he loved and helped coach women hunters via skeet shooting (NRA program) and coached many youth in refereeing skeet tournaments. We are appreciative to Joe, as his legacy lives on at Tri-County Gun Club.
– Contributed by Tom Jones