We Love You Dan (“Stingray”) Brunner!!

Dan grew up in Spokane, Washington, and graduated from Gonzaga University in 1966 with a BA in political science.  After finishing his undergraduate degree, Dan entered active duty in the United States Army.  He was stationed in Korea from 1967 to 1968 where he commanded a HAWK missile battery.  Dan retired from the United States Army in 1994 with the rank of Lt. Colonel.  He returned to Spokane where he received his JD from Gonzaga University in 1975 and went on to obtain a master’s in law from Georgetown University in 1980. 

In 1976 Dan joined the general counsel’s office with Amtrak in Washington, DC, where he stayed for seven years.  He then moved internally to become the Director of Corporate Real Estate.  In 1989 Dan joined the district counsel’s office for the Office of Veterans Affairs in Portland Oregon.   He later returned to Spokane and entered private practice for a couple of years before becoming the Chapter 13 Trustee for the Eastern District of Washington in January of 1991. 

Dan served on the Board of the NACTT for 8 years and was a member of the Due Process Committee.  He was also one of the founding members of the Association of Bankruptcy Professionals which successfully lobbied Congress to enact protections for standing trustees which are codified at 28 USC §§ 586(d)(2) and (e)(3). 

During his entire 32 years as trustee, Dan sat on the advisory committee for the Eastern District of Washington and was a frequent speaker at national and local conferences and seminars.  He collaborated with the Judges, clerks, and committee members to draft form Plans and adopt local rules and even found time to earn his pilot’s license.  Dan, we wish you the happiest, fullest, retirement and will miss you tremendously!

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