Lunt retires from Pima

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Valley Central: Dennis Lunt, left, receives a plaque from Dennis Lines for his 25 years of service to the town. The Pima Town Council recognized Lunt and his retirement at the June 6 council meeting.

By Jon Johnson

PIMA – “I’d still be in Pima if it wasn’t for my wife.” – Dennis Lunt.

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Valley Central: Dennis Lunts shows his plaque.

After 25 years of service, Dennis Lunt has retired from the town of Pima.

Lunt was recognized for his work during the Pima Town Council meeting June 6, where another longtime Pima employee, Dennis Lines, spoke highly about the work ethic of his colleague and friend.

“One thing about Dennis, he had pride in the town of Pima,” Lines said. “Whatever he did he didn’t want to shortchange it or fudge. He wanted to do it the right way.”

Lines handed Lunt a plaque for his years of service to the applause of all in attendance. An emotional Lunt graciously thanked everyone for the recognition and said while he has had to move to farmland in Thatcher, he will always be Pima proud.

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Valley Central: Lunt said he will always consider PIma to be home.

“My heart has been Pima for many years,” Lunt said. “It’s a nice place to raise a family . . . We enjoyed it here, and this will always be home.”

Lunt began as a part-time employee with Pima in 1992 and after seven years secured a full-time position. He previously had been on medical leave for several months prior to his retirement and his replacement has been on the job since the end of May.

“We lived here for 37 years and got to know a lot of good people and got to work with a lot of good people,” Lunt said. “There’s good in everybody if you just look and let those little things go by the wayside. I’m grateful. I appreciate the support.”