Obituary of John Hunt (1958-2022) – Plano, TX | Wender Mind Kids

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John Edward Hunt was born on November 14, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois to parents John Baptist and Kathleen Mary (Shinners) Hunt.
Above all, John Hunt was an exceptional husband and father. The twelve pairs of hands helping to write this now could tell you in a million ways how true this is. Our father dedicated his whole life to living for his family and after years of our father speaking about us with tears of excitement and love in his eyes, we would like to take this opportunity to return the favor and talk about our father and how single-minded he raised us.
There’s a feeling that fills the room when we all come together at once. We speak, first softly and then with a gradual crescendo, until the air begins to hum, and finally, when it reaches its final state, the room lifts off the ground and we float with it. Well, anyone close to that noise radius could tell you that some get more attention than others, and our dad had a sixth sense for that. He could be the ringleader, but he was also just happy to sit back and watch us walk. And he always made sure that every single person in the room felt loved and cared for.
“How do you live a good life?” Our dad asked each of us while hugging us tightly as he sent us off to our first day of college. “You need to stay healthy in four ways – mentally, spiritually, physically and socially.” Needless to say, his advice made an impression on us. Not just because he kept saying it, but because our father set a good example for us. He lived his life the way he taught us:
Mental: The morning has a special place in our hearts because our dad woke up at 5 a.m. every day, poured a cup of coffee that he had so proudly programmed to be freshly ground the night before, sat at the kitchen table, the newspaper read, and salute each other as we all, one by one, in our own time, sleepily walked down the stairs to hear him say, “GOOD moooorning!” or “What’s up!” Or our favorite: “So who was at your little carnival last night?” Now that he thought about it, the morning was his way of making sure he could be there to catch us, hold us for a moment, and let us run off into our worlds, but not before he said those words that were fresh Holding air in them: “Good morning, Dad.” Our father stayed mentally fit by maintaining a regular schedule and keeping up with his eleven children during his ritual mornings.
Spiritual: In recent years, our father began making the daily 4-mile hike home from Mass while calling his children to travel. He treasured the time he spent praying the Rosary with his family. Upon retirement, he began teaching Sunday school so he could spend more time with Brendan. All of this he did up until the week he died.
Our father was very fond of his Irish heritage. Around the time we turned fourteen he took each of us to Ireland to show us where his parents had grown up and to introduce us to our beautiful family abroad. This spiritual connection to his ancestors lives on in us in eleven ways.
Physical: Our father worked every day of his life to improve himself as a person. Every day he rode his bike, walked or ran, which was always followed by a quick dip in the Kimbrough Pool. Next he would go to the YMCA, not to train, just to chat with every single person there.
In company: One of our father’s favorite pastimes was to visit us at school. This was his highlight of fatherhood. He drove in, texted us to let us know he was there, then found a breakfast spot to meet us. And after breakfast he got up without hesitation, holding his stomach and saying as casually as he could, “So what’s for lunch? I could eat!” He sent us to class and immediately made his way to the appointed place for lunch, taking hours to get there with a song in his heart and enjoying every step.
When we finally say goodbye to our dad, we say it the way he would—just as he would manage to get all thirteen people out of the house, into the car, and to church on time: “Can’t stop now you know you why The train runs! You gotta go!” And more and more comfortable in his own skin, on the car ride, the less he knew the lyrics, the louder he sang to us, instilling in us the love of music and love for each other.
“Well, this train carries saints and sinners
This train carries losers and winners
This train, dreams are not foiled
This move, faith is rewarded”
John is survived by his loving wife, Mary Hunt (née Peters); children Mary Kate Cook and husband Brian, John Hunt and wife Katie, Patrick Hunt and fiancee Fabiola Andújar, Edward Hunt and wife Katie Van Dam, Maureen, Neil, Nina, Jacqueline, Theresa, Anne and Brendan Hunt; grandchildren Hannah and Gabriel Hunt and Lucy Cook; brother Edward Hunt and wife Susan Foley; niece Bridget O’Brien and husband Shane Martin; grandnephews Daniel and the late Christopher Martin; and great-niece the late Grace Martin. His parents, the late John and Kathleen (née Shinners) Hunt, preceded him in death; his sister, the late Kathy, and her husband, the late Dan O’Brien.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 24, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Formation Center Chapel, 3100 W Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, Texas, with Rev. Bruce Bradley officiating becomes.
John will be buried after the service at Ridgeview West Memorial Park, Frisco, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for a donation to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton or Minnie’s Food Pantry: https://
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Posted by Allen Family Funeral Options – Plano on June 23, 2022.