Update: Name released of man who died after tree fell on his camper at a Douglas County resort

His wife, who was also in the camper, said it was like they were in a tornado.

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ALEXANDRIA — A man from Miami, Arizona died after a tree fell on the camper that he and his wife were staying in near Lake Mary on Monday, June 20.

The victim is Mark Edward Bunney, 72. His wife, Debra Lynn Bunney, 66, was injured but survived the ordeal.

Shortly before 11:45 p.m., the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a call from the resort with reports of a people screaming for help from a camper that a tree had fallen on.

Prior to that, shortly after 11 p.m., the sheriff's office had received multiple reports of storm damage from a system that had moved through the area.

When deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office responded to Elmwood Resort, they located the camper with Mark and Debra Bunney trapped inside.


The Alexandria Fire Department helped extricate both of them from the camper and Debra Bunney was transported by North Ambulance to Alomere Health.

Mark Bunney died on scene, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The incident is still pending further investigation, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

Wind gusts of 62 knots or 71 miles per hour were recorded at the Alexandria Airport between 11 p.m. and midnight, according to manager Kreg Anderson.

12 News TV , the NBC affiliate in Phoenix, which is about 80 miles west of the couple's home in Miami, Arizona, did a story about the Bunneys. The station reported that the couple had been in Minnesota for three weeks at their summer mobile home in Elmwood Resort when the severe weather moved in.

“There was this crash, like an angry crash, and then something fell on me,” Debby said in an interview with 12 News. “I said, ‘What’s happening?’ and then the whole ceiling fell down. I thought we were in a tornado.”

The station reported that Debby, who had been sleeping on a recliner in the living room, was pinned under the trunk. She could see Mark about three feet away.

"The rest of his body was covered with ceiling debris… I could tell he wasn’t alive, he wasn’t responding or moving," Debby said.

Her husband of 43 years was dead.


The station reported that the couple's place in Alexandria was a refuge — a way to escape the desert heat in Arizona. This year, the retreat was more than that. Mark was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, the station reported.

“I had such a sense of joy for him because he took a shortcut through cancer," Debby told 12 News. "He got called home and he didn’t have to face a bunch of ugly side effects and losing his beautiful brown hair that he still had.”

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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