Wilbur H. (Pete) Dunten

Wilbur H. (Pete) Dunten, of League City, passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at the age of 80. He was born on July 31, 1941 in Galveston, TX to Wilbur and Daisy Dunten and resided in League City TX.    He graduated from law school in 1970 and practiced law for 50 years.   He is survived by the love of his life, his wife Marlane Dunten, married 23 years and his two children John Dunten and wife Barbara and Amber Dunten and Carl Schaeper, also his two step children. Jeff Nativi and wife Beverly, Kirk Nativi and wife Corrie and five grandchildren Bethany and Gregory Dunten, Joesph, Nicholas and Vincent Nativi and two sisters Sharon Templin and Judy Fragua.

He was an active contributor to many Associations.  He was President of the Gulf Coast Legal Foundation, member of the American Bar Assoc., Texas Bar Assoc., Galveston County Bar Assoc., Federal Bar of Southern TX, Assoc. of Trial Lawyers of America, member of US Court of Customs and Patent Appeals and of the Mainland Bar Assoc. In 1974 he was cofounder and president of the Galveston County Legal Assoc. which provides pro bono legal assistance.  At one time he was an avid tennis player and started the Tennis Fats Tennis group.   He loved practicing law, traveling with his wife Marlane and spending time with the grandchildren.

Pete’s family will greet guests on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm followed by a celebration of Pete Dunten’s life at 2:00 pm at Crowder Funeral Home, Webster, TX. In lieu of flowers, the Dunten family requests that donations be made to The Alzheimer’s Association.


  1. Pete was a well respected colleague of mine in the practice of law in Galveston County for many years.

    Ellis J Ortego
  2. Pete is a great friend, great college and lawyer.

    Robert D. Clements, Jr.
  3. Pete and I go as far back as La Marque Jr. High. We spent many times together at his house, playing chess up in the attic. We really enjoyed each others company back then. Over the years, our paths would cross repeatedly. Our families visited each other time and again. We could always have a laugh together. Even when things weren’t great, we could talk, console and support each other. He has always been one of my best friends in this life. I already miss him and know that I will think of him fondly throughout my days.

    Al (Jinks) Bowen - "Fine '59"
  4. We loved Pete and are so disappointed that we will be unable to make his funeral and celebration of life. We have so many fond memories with Pete. God rest your soul. You are at peace in heaven! Much love! Jeff and Beverly Nativi

    Jeff and Beverly Nativi
  5. I worked for Pete for several years. He was so kind and gracious, the office was always filled with laughter. RIP my friend!

    Kelly Dorsey
  6. Pete and I go back over 65 years. We spent great times together as kids. Later, we shared our lives and families with each other over many years. I already miss you Pete. I’ll think of you and our friendship often for the rest of my days.

    Al (Jinks) Bowen
  7. My thoughts and prayers go out to John Dunten and his family during this time of lose.

  8. Praying for strength and guidance for the Family. Pete was such a special person. I knew him since 1991 and could call him anytime and he was always there for me and my family. He was such a caring man . I hope that you can remember all those good times. May the LORD hold and keep you close. I am so very sorry for your loss. I just ran across his obituary in the paper. RIP Friend Until We Meet Again. Tell Auntie and Tonya Hello for me.

    Angela White

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