HSU, Fortuna and Crabs legend Ken Dunaway passes away


Humboldt State Athletics

Humboldt State and Fortuna High hall of famer Ken Dunaway has passed away at the age of 90 after a brief battle with cancer.

A resident of Fortuna for more than 80 years, Dunaway graduated from Humboldt State in 1950 and was known as one of the most versatile athletes in the university’s history, earning 14 varsity letters during an illustrious four-year career, including captaining the football, basketball and baseball teams in his senior year.

Dunaway, who was inducted into the HSU sports Hall of Fame in 1976, signed a professional baseball contract with the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League after graduation, but he chose to attend graduate school instead and played several seasons with the Humboldt Crabs.

Dunaway was also inducted into the Fortuna High athletics hall of fame, and was included in The Times-Standard’s list of The Century’s Best Humboldt County Athletes in 1999 at No. 52.

Dunaway was born in Gratis, Ohio in 1929, and moved to Fortuna with his family when he was in the seventh grade

He also was a celebrated Humboldt Crabs baseball player both before and after he served as a Navy officer during the Korean War, and was eventually inducted into the Crabs’ Hall of Fame.

Dunaway was also an avid golfer and has been a member of the Redwood Empire Golf & Country Club since the 1960s, proudly “golfing his age” while playing every week prior to his cancer diagnosis. 

He is survived by his loving wife of over 60 years, Virginia, sons Gary, Todd (Toni), Tracy (Penny), and daughter Debra (Christopher).

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. It was Dunaway’s wish that in lieu of flowers, donations in his name be made to Redwood Empire Golf & Country Club, c/o Redwood Capital Bank, Fortuna Branch, Attn: Bob Judevine.

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