Tim Dunn

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Tim Dunn
Timothy Marvin Dunn

(1955-12-18) December 18, 1955 (age 62)
ResidenceMidland, Texas
Alma materTexas Tech University

Timothy Marvin "Tim" Dunn (born December 18, 1955) is an American businessman and philanthropist. He co-founded the oil and gas business CrownQuest Operating, LLC, and currently serves as the company’s chief executive officer. Dunn is involved with a variety of social and political causes that emphasize religious and political liberty.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Dunn was born in Littlefield, Texas, on December 18, 1955.[3] Neither of his parents, Joseph Rowe Dunn or Thelma Marie Moore,[3] were high school graduates. He grew up in Big Spring, Texas, where he graduated from Big Spring High School in 1974. He earned a chemical engineering degree from Texas Tech University in 1978.[1]


Dunn began his career as an engineer at Exxon Production Research Company, where he worked from 1978 to 1980. From 1980 to 1987, Dunn worked in banking at First City Bancorporation. He served as an executive at Parker & Parsley Petroleum from 1987 to 1995, ending his career there as chief financial officer.[4]

Dunn co-founded the predecessor entities to his current company, CrownQuest Operating, LLC, in 1996.[1] He currently serves as CrownQuest’s chief executive officer. In 2013, Dunn was named as top CEO of a large company by the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association and Texas Monthly magazine.[5]

In both 2013 and 2014, CrownQuest announced plans to drill for oil in approximately 250 wells.[6] CrownQuest’s new $14.9 million office building was slated to open in summer 2015.[7]

Public policy[edit]

Dunn is involved with a variety of national and Texas-based public policy organizations as both a donor and board member.[8][9] He has been called the most effective political donor in Texas.[1][10]

Dunn serves as chairman of the board of directors of Empower Texans and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. He is also vice chairman of the board of directors at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.[11][12]

Dunn helped to found the Center for Effective Criminal Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The Center for Effective Criminal Justice initiated the national Right on Crime movement. The Right on Crime movement focuses on advancing statutory and administrative reforms designed to move Texas' criminal justice policies toward a focus on crime reduction and restoring victims and communities damaged by crime.[13][14][15]

Dunn is a founding board member of Citizens for Self-Governance (CSG), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose stated mission is to "elevate awareness and provide resources, advocacy, and education to grassroots organizations and individuals exercising their rights to govern themselves." CSG is currently spearheading the Convention of States project, a national effort geared toward equipping citizens to call for an Article V Convention to propose Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.[16]

Dunn serves on the board of the Lucy Burns Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that seeks to empower people to engage in democracy via the delivery of "exceptionally high quality information."[17]

Educational and religious involvement[edit]

Dunn co-founded the Midland Classical Academy, a nonprofit Christian school, where he serves on the board of trustees.[8] Midland Classical Academy uses the Socratic method to teach a curriculum rooted in the development of western civilization.[18]

Dunn serves on the board of directors of Grace School of Theology, a Christian seminary with a vision to become “A Seminary to the World,” and the Liberty Institute, a Christian legal defense organization.[10][19]

In June 2014, Dunn joined the board of directors of King’s College, a Christian liberal arts college located in New York City.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Dunn married his wife, Terri, after his junior year of college. They have six children and fifteen grandchildren. Their two-year-old granddaughter died in 2015.[20] In 2018, Dunn wrote a book about the experience of losing his granddaughter titled Yellow Balloons: Finding Power To Live Above Your Circumstances.[21][22] The Dunns reside in Midland, Texas, where they are members of Midland Bible Church. One of Dunn's sons is the Christian singer-songwriter David Dunn.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Batheja, Aman (2014-05-10). "A Big Spender Aims to Push State Politics Further Right". New York Times. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  2. ^ Berman, Dennis (2003-08-14). "Telecom Investors Envision Potential in Failed Networks". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b Texas Birth Index (2002). "U.S. Public Records Index". Family Search. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Dunn, Tim. "My Life". Tim Dunn. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  5. ^ McEwen, Mella (December 2013). "Midlanders among Top Producers recognized by TIPRO". Midland Reporter-Telegram. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Permian Basin operators plan another active year". Midland Reporter-Telegram. February 25, 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  7. ^ "CrownQuest Petroleum plans new office building". Midland Reporter-Telegram. July 10, 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  8. ^ a b Mann, Dave (October 2, 2012). "Who Really Runs Texas?". Texas Observer. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Dunn plays to win when it comes to limited government". Midland Reporter-Telegram. 2011-05-13. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  10. ^ a b Batheja, Aman (2014-05-11). "In Tim Dunn, Far Right Has Big Spender Who Gets Results". Texas Tribune. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  11. ^ Blakeslee, Nate (January 2013). "Primary Targets". Texas Observer. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  12. ^ Kilday Hart, Patricia (2011-05-22). "Texas lawmakers in lockstep on juvenile-justice reform efforts". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  13. ^ King, Jr., Neil (2013-06-21). "As Prisons Squeeze Budgets, GOP Rethinks Crime Focus". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  14. ^ May, Ashley (February 2013). "The Philanthropy Roundtable Goes to Prison". Philanthropy Roundtable. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  15. ^ Dagan, David (November–December 2012). "The Conservative War on Prisons". Washington Monthly. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  16. ^ a b "Timothy Dunn: Trustee". The King's College. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  17. ^ "Board of Directors". Lucy Burns Institute. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  18. ^ Smith, Morgan (2014-05-14). "In Midland, a political donor with a private school". Midland Reporter-Telegram. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  19. ^ "Board of Trustees". Grace School of Theology. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  20. ^ "In Memory of Moriah Wimberly". Timdunn.org. Timdunn.org. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  21. ^ Dunn, Tim (June 12, 2018). "The Colossians 3:23 Power of Your Ordinary Life". Charisma Magazine. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  22. ^ "Yellow Balloons". Yellow Balloons. Retrieved 12 July 2018.

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