Mahlon Gunn

July 29, 1948 – April 8, 2022

Mahlon Gunn, 73, Douglas, formerly of New Town, died Friday, April 8, 2022, at his home.

Mahlon William Gunn was born July 29, 1948, in Minot, to Faith (Fox) and Fred Gunn, Jr. He was raised in New Town and attended area schools before transferring to Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota. He was blessed with six children from his first marriage.  Mahlon and Lynn Starr have shared their lives over the past 20 years and were married in 2015.

He had an artistic soul and was always drawing. He left behind many books filled with his amazing sketches. He enjoyed the music of all genres, with Blues being his favorite. Mahlon was also fluent in Hidatsa. He worked a variety of jobs throughout his life including as a firefighter, police officer, and a farmhand; he was a “jack of all trades”. 

Mahlon was a giving man and willing to help anyone in need. He loved his children and extended family and had the biggest heart. He was a loving husband. Mahlon’s kind heart will be greatly missed. 

Mahlon is survived by his wife, Lynn Starr-Gunn; sons, Chan Big Knife, Jason Big Knife, and Casey Big Knife; daughters, Kim Big Knife (Leroy Windy Boy), Julia Black Wolf (Robert), and Dorcas Big Knife; brothers • Fred Gunn, III (Rae), and Faron Gunn; stepmother, Marie Gunn; stepsons, Bluesky Starr and Anthony Starr; 31 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and extended family. 

 Mahlon was preceded by his father, Fred Gunn, Jr.; mother, Faith Fox-Gunn; son, Mahlon Gunn, Jr.; sister, Dorcas Sam; brother, Gary Gunn; infant brother, Farrell Gunn; and a great-grandson.

Mahlon’s services were held at Langhans Funeral Home in Parshall with a Family and Friends Gathering on Sunday, April 10, 2022, from 4-6 p.m., and a Prayer Service with Final Reviewal: Monday, April 11, 2022, at 11 a.m.  Mahlon’s final resting place is at Shell Creek Congregational Cemetery, rural New Town.