Deerfield-News. com-Deerfield Beach, Fl-J.R Dunn the namesake of the Lighthouse Point jewelry store and local philanthropist has died at age 78. Mr. Dunn was well known in the community not just for owning J.R Dunn’s jewelry store but for his philanthropy. Mr. Dunn was known throughout Lighthouse Point and Deerfield Beach area for starting Dunn’s run. Dunn found the Dunn’s run in 1996 and raised money for The Boys and Girls Club of Broward County.

Below is a Facebook post of a friend of Mr. Dunn’s, local restaurateur  Patty Miranda.

There are only a handful of people that have had a profound impact on my life, thus far & Mr. Dunn (because I could never bring myself to call him Jim) is one of these special souls?When I heard the news today of his passing @ the Diner, I went in our office, shed my tears, collected myself, and remembered his last visit couple of weeks ago. I know for sure from our first encounter to our last, he loved his family, his friends, small business, community & philanthropy❤️His charisma, camaraderie, & no-nonsense approach will inspire me & last me a lifetime! I owe him a debt of gratitude, for when I was a young single mom, he gave me an opportunity to volunteer & give back through the early days of Dunn’s Run. He would set up a corner for my toddler to play while us adults took care of philanthropy business. I will never forget this nicety ❤️. To his family, my deepest condolences?To his friends my deepest sympathies?To ALL, this great man started a dream in our community that we all need to continue?I will forever look at my wedding ring & know that Mr. Dunn had a hand in this ❤️