Dewayne Everett Bunch was born on Feb. 22, 1962, in Whitley County. Bunch was a veteran of the United States Army and retired from the Kentucky National Guard after 24 years of service. During the same time of his National Guard service, he became a math and science teacher for 17 years. In 2010,he became a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives 82nd District. Bunch had worked hard and achieved his dreams. With the help of his wife and three daughters he was living the American dream.
On April 12, 2011, while what seemed like a normal day of work, two male students, age 15 & 16 started throwing punches at each other. Bunch stepped in and took a punch to the head and fell to the cafeteria floor, hitting his head on the tile. Bunch was sent to the hospital and ultimately transferred to Shepherd Center, which specializes in brain and spinal cord injuries. By June 2012, Bunch was communicating with his family, and had regained certain abilities. By July 2012, Bunch had slipped away and passed.
The two boys that were in the fight were charged with with one count each of first-degree assault and two counts of third-degree assault. Both were charged as youths and their court proceedings were sealed.