Worshipful Brother Theron Dunn, a California Freemason and well-known Masonic blogger and forum participant as well as co-publisher of Lodgeroom International magazine, passed away on Tuesday, May 13, after a brief illness.
Along with thousands of Masons throughout the world, I mourn his passing, and extend my sympathies and condolences to Bro. Theron's family and friends.
Bro. Theron and I seldom saw eye to eye on Masonic matters, but we had a grudgingly mutual respect for each other. While publicly we were often seen "fighting," in private we did from time to time exchange cordial and brotherly communications.
I'd always hoped he would voluntarily submit an essay for the "We All Shine On: This is Who I Am" series here on The Taper.
Last summer, I assisted him with some technical matters involving the set-up of his blog, Beacon of Masonic Light. One of the things I suggested to him was that his photo should have him facing into the text of the blog, not away from it, as it was originally. He flipped it so that he would be looking into the text, forever etching into our minds the flower in his lapel thus being on the non-traditional right side of his jacket instead of the left.
In his honor, I'm re-flipping his photo [see above] back to its original form.
He was fond of the nickname he gave to The Burning Taper. He called it "The Smoldering Stub."
In his memory, I am temporarily re-naming this blog The Smoldering Stub.
"When your final summons comes,
to take that last, long trip
Adorned with Lambskin Apron white,
and gems of fellowship;
The Tiler at the Golden Gate,
with Square and Rule and Plumb
will size up your pin, and say, 'Walk in —
I see you've Travelled some.'"
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