Sazerac Company -Master Distiller John Lunn Had Died, Cover

In a statement from Sazerac, they shared the sad news that Master Distiller John Lunn at the Sazerac A&J Bond Distillery in Tennessee has passed away on March 30, 2023.

Sazerac Tennessee Distillery - Master Distiller John Lunn bunging the barrel
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Master Distiller John Lunn bunging the barrel.

Here is the statement from Sazerac.

In Memory of John Lunn, Master Distiller

December 20, 1969 — March 30, 2023

It is with great sadness the Sazerac Company shares John Lunn, Master Distiller at its Tennessee “A&J Bond Distillery,” passed away unexpectedly on March 30, 2023.

John earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University and was a distilling veteran of over 20 years.

Starting his distilled spirits career at Diageo, John eventually rose to the ranks of Master Distiller at George Dickel Distillery before leaving for Avery Trail Distillery.

Sazerac Company purchased Avery Trail in 2016, specifically so that John and Allisa could join the Sazerac team and make all the whiskeys he and Allisa aspired to bring to consumers.

John was a wonderful distiller, trusted leader, and patient teacher to his fellow Sazerac teammates.

We will miss John’s friendship, knowledge, and most of all, his dry sense of humor. John always knew a subtle way to put a smile on our face while remaining a consummate professional.

John imbued the qualities of integrity, trust, ethics and values.

He will be dearly missed by the distilling community and his Sazerac family.

Funeral arrangements for John are pending.

John’s legacy will live on in the marvelous whiskeys that he and Allisa have created.

John Lunn, age 53, a resident of Manchester, TN passed away at his residence March 30, 2023. John was born December 20, 1969 in Spring Hill, TN to his parents, Harry Lunn and Evaline Kincaid Lunn.

John attended Spring Hill High School and went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University. He was employed by Sazerac Company of Kentucky. He was Plant Manager for A & J Bond Distillery in Tennessee. John loved collecting farm toys from years past and had achieved quite a collection. He also had a love for older model Jeeps. Most of all he cherished Sunday worshiping at Mt. Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church where he was baptized as a young teen and where he served as an elder for 18 years and Sunday School Superintendent for many years,

Sunday was John’s time to spend with family and friends. His brother, Tom (Christina) Lunn, was his best friend. He loved his niece, Lindze Lunn, and was so proud of her accomplishments. He loved playing games and ball with his two nephews, Gabe and Dane Lunn. He spent many hours talking to his boys about their weekly activities and loved it. He will be missed by his Uncle Bayless Kincaid and Uncle Danny Lunn and all of his cousins.

Once monthly on Sunday he joined his longtime dear friends, Brian and Elizabeth Noakes, for dinner on their farm in Pulaski, TN.

He had a special friend, Mary McClelland of Pittsburg, PA.

He loved his church family at Mt. Lebanon Church, all his co-workers at Sazerac Company and especially his longtime work partner, Allisa Henley.

John is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Alma Tankersley Kincaid and Raymond Kincaid; paternal grandparents, Sarah Cammuse Lunn and Hugh Lunn; aunts, Viola Thacker, Brenda Mayfield, Louise Moore; uncles, James Kincaid, Calvin Lunn.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 4497 Kedron Road, Spring Hill, TN 37174.

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