Jerrald Richard Dunaway
Jerrald Richard Dunaway passed away peacefully on August 9, 2016 after fighting cancer for several years. He was born July 17, 1940 in Denver City, Texas and spent most of his life in Texas. He served 4 years in the US Air Force attaining the rank of Airman 1st Class.
In 1965, Jerry along with a majority partner established a successful rent to own business in Houston which eventually grew into a nationwide chain with over 100 retail stores. The business was sold in 1983 and Jerry retired to a life of investing and his passion in life, world wide deep sea fishing.
He shared his sport fishing and time at sea with the love of his life, his wife, Deborah. As owners of the famous mothership operation the Madam and the Hooker, the Dunaways traveled the world chasing IGFA world records and amassing a lifetime of priceless memories. During 20 years of fishing in over 20 countries, the pair caught 49 world records. Many of those world records are still standing. From the mid-1980s through the end of the 1990s he, his wife, and his “Hooker Fishing Team” were recognized as the leaders of the sport. In 2005 Jerry received the IGFA World Record Achievement Award and was inducted into the Texas Saltwater Fishing Hall of Fame. He was a life member of the International Game Fishing Association and Coastal Conservation Association. He died just one month before he and his wife were to be inducted into the IGFA Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the IGFA Hall of Fame on September 6, 2016.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Clifton and Alene Dunaway. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Deborah, sister, Barbara Martin, 4 children, Geraldine Ricciardi (Ron), Renee Bennett (Allen), Richard Dunaway (Robin), Samantha Oswald (Russ), 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren and step-son, Bill Maddux.