WEST HAVEN -- A 103-year-old West Haven man may be the oldest living Eagle Scout in the world.
Oliver Dunn turned 103 on Saturday, and celebrated with a surprise birthday party and awards ceremony at Peach Tree assisted living.
Dunn was awarded his Eagle Scout status on June 23, 1925 in the Willard Fourth Ward. A national BSA source said Dunn is the oldest surviving Eagle Scout and the oldest he had ever heard of, but no official records could confirm either statement.
A 94-year-old Provo man was previously believed to be Utah' oldest living Eagle Scout, according to Lonnie Thorpe, a Trapper Trails Council den leader.
Thorke said it was an honor to know Dunn and expressed admiration for anyone who achieves the rank of Eagle Scout.
"It's takes a lot of dedication," said Thorpe, "it means a lot then and now. "
Dunn can still recite the Boy Scout motto and oath. He is the epitome of a good Scout, according to his children and caregivers.
"He's always been a good camper," said Dunn's son Gerald, "I remember going to Yellowstone once, getting lost, and he actually drove up out an old creek bed till he could find his way out of there."
Renae Daines, a nurse at Peach Tree, said he is the sunshine of the day.
"Every time I ask him how he's doing, he says 'I'm wonderful' or 'I'm great,'" Daines said.
Daine's said Dunn takes good care of his wife, Emily Bronson Dunn. He still gets her chair and helps her at meal times.
"They'll take naps together holding hands, a few times I've walked in and they've been kissing," said Daines.
Dunn was married 52 years to his first wife, Eliza Bronson, and has been married to Emily Lawrence for 28 years.
Dunn's daughter Janine described how her Dad has stayed active throughout the years.
"He goes on walks every day. He goes and does everything, and he remembers everything," she said.
Dunn says the secrets to long life and lasting marriage are the same.
"Well, the first requirement would be to keep your wife happy," said Dunn. "When she gives you an order do it quick, let her kind of guide you."
Dunn also claims to be the oldest living Jazz fan. He said he's been cheering for the jazz since they came here from New Orlans, and he still watches the stats.