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Dunton suffers stroke at party in his honor

Imagine Photography-JoANNE MARINO/Courtesy<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Roy Dunton, far right, is pictured at his 90th birthday party with his son, Scott, and Roy’s wife of 62 years, Peggy.

Imagine Photography-JoANNE MARINO/Courtesy<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Roy Dunton, far right, is pictured at his 90th birthday party with his son, Scott, and Roy’s wife of 62 years, Peggy.

KINGMAN - Republican stalwart Roy Dunton gave his guests quite a scare at his 90th birthday celebration over the weekend.

But as his son, Scott Dunton said, if he was going to suffer a medical event, he couldn't have been in a better place, since many of the 200 or so guests at the celebration included doctors and other medical personnel.

"Dr. (Azam) Khan accused my dad of inviting him just so there'd be a doctor in the house," Scott joked.

Roy's birthday party was in full swing Saturday at the old Elk's building downtown when partygoers noticed Dunton slurring his words and the right side of his face starting to droop. Dr. Khan and Dr. John Lingenfelter gave Roy an aspirin and medical aid until the ambulance arrived.

He was then transported to the hospital, where doctors concluded that Roy had suffered a small stroke.

"Talk about making a grand exit from your own party," Scott said.

Roy ended up missing the cutting of his birthday cake, along with two awards presented by the Masonic Lodge for 50 years of service and one from the Republican Party naming him "Mr. Republican."

Roy also missed a reading of a letter by Rep. Trent Franks, recounting what an interesting 90 years Roy has lived.

Roy was released from the hospital Sunday and underwent a follow-up Tuesday.

"He feels good and looked good, even in the hospital," Scott said.

Scott said that no matter what his dad's condition is, he would never miss this weekend's planned Republican Party picnic. Even as he prepared for his doctor's appointment Tuesday, Roy was busy selling tickets to the picnic and calling about contributions.

"He'll be there, even if he's got to come on a stretcher," Scott said.

This isn't the first time one of the events Scott was a part of ended with a trip to the hospital. In 2008, Robert Bell, better known as Bob "Boze" Bell, suffered a heart attack behind the drum kit while rehearsing with his band for a reunion party the next day. Bell went on to make a full recovery.

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