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Sad news: Passing of Gene G. Lunt

Obituary for Gene G. Lunt

FORT WORTH: Gene Gregory Lunt passed away at the age of 72 after a short illness on July 5, 2019, in Fort Worth. 
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Gene graduated from Msgr. Nolan High School, received a BBA cum laude and MBA at the University of Texas at Arlington (“UTA”). He was honored by the American Marketing Association as the Outstanding Senior Marketing Major at UTA and was in the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society. 
In mid-1972, Gene was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army’s Military Intelligence branch through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at UTA, after finishing an advanced camp at Fort Riley, KA. He went on active duty in early 1973 and completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, GA in April, just after the U.S. ceased hostilities with North Vietnam. His initial active duty commitment was changed to a lengthy reserve duty obligation at that time. Gene later became a first lieutenant and received an honorable discharge in 1980. He served on the Selective Service System Board in Dallas through the 1980’s. 
Gene followed an earlier interest in white collar crime investigation, turned down business job offers and became a Special Agent for the IRS Criminal Investigation Division. He was highly commended during his career as a financial fraud investigator, starting with being the top student at the U.S. Treasury Agent Criminal Investigator School in Washington, DC. Gene worked with U.S. Justice Department and U.S. Attorney Offices prosecutors in the Southwest on tax fraud and money laundering schemes in various industries. He worked extensively with other enforcement and regulatory agencies. Gene always had a high regard for mission-oriented government and career military service personnel. Throughout all his careers, he always highly admired the people that he worked with. 
After retiring from Federal law enforcement, Gene became a compliance examiner/investigator for 10 years. He worked for the NASD (now FINRA), Texas State Securities Board, and State Bar of Texas regulatory agencies. He recognized their important role in protecting investors, clients, and customers in those skilled professions. He worked with and highly respected the many attorneys and businessmen who voluntarily served on State Bar panels that deliberated cases involving regulatory compliance. 
Gene lived his life and professional career in a series of vignettes that he found worthwhile and productive. He lived and worked primarily in Dallas for almost four decades and then returned to Fort Worth to be with family in his retirement years. It was always important for him to spend quality time and holidays with his many relatives and he would not trade that for other commitments. He was athletic and loved the outdoors throughout his life. Gene vacationed in New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado for decades and loved spending time with extended family in New Mexico. Gene enjoyed military history, visited major Civil War battlefields and traveled to the United Kingdom several times during the 80’s and 90’s. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians for almost 50 years, enjoying magic as a hobby. 
Throughout his life Gene attended and supported higher educational, civic, religious, and cultural institutions. He had developed an appreciation for fine music from his younger days with the Texas Boys Choir. He was an Instructor of business courses at UTA for a few semesters before joining the IRS. He was a life member of UTA’s Cadet Corps Alumni Council supporting cadet officers trained there. 
To know Gene was to love him. He will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts. Gene was preceded in death by his parents Bernard and Helen Lunt, and his brother Edward J. Lunt. 
Survivors: Sister, Mary Rakowitz and husband, Bert; twin brother, John Lunt and wife, Cecilia; nephews and nieces, Christopher Rakowitz and wife, Kate, John Rakowitz and wife, Karla and Eileen Spinner and husband, Brian, Amy Leonard and husband, Mark, David Lunt, Jennifer Hinojosa and husband, Robert, and Kristen Lunt; and numerous great-nephews, nieces and their families with whom he loved to spend time whenever possible.