Maj. Michael Dunnagan

Published 11:53 pm Friday, August 31, 2018

Major Michael Grant Dunnagan, Retired USMC, 63, of Buxton, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, at his home.

Born in Bethesda, Maryland on Aug. 24, 1954, he was the son of the late Marie Andrews Dunnagan and Col. Cecil Grant Dunnagan (USMC).

As a child, Mike moved a lot and ended up graduating from Lejeune High in 1972. He attended East Carolina University, graduating in 1977 with a BS in Urban Planning.

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In 1979, after spending a few years working in construction, Mike applied to Officer Candidate School for the United States Marine Corps. This began his 20-year journey in the Corps as a combat engineer leading to his retirement in 1999. Upon retiring, he moved to the town he always loved (Buxton) where he resided until his passing.

An avid outdoorsman, he loved the ocean and was often seen fishing or prowling the beach looking for seashells. Most children that he ran into ended up with a scotch bonnet and a few laughs.

Mike is survived by three sons, Grant Michael Dunnagan (Amber), Erik Martin Dunnagan, and Brad McCain Dunnagan; two grandchildren, Ciara and Cillian Dunnagan; and a brother, Charlie Dunnagan.

In keeping with Michael’s wishes, a formal service will not be held. More information for a celebration of life will be announced in the coming weeks.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at