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William J. Duncan, Jr.
Feb. 6, 1923 March 7, 2010
William “Bill” Duncan, Jr., 87, of Bonita, passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 7. William was born Feb. 6, 1923, in Arkansas, and then moved to Turlock as a boy. He was the son of William and Gertrude Duncan and brother of Pauline Duncan. Bill lived in Bonita for 37 years with his family before returning to his hometown of Turlock for retirement. He moved back down to San Diego in 2006 to be closer to his daughters. Bill was a Marine and served in World War II. He attended Turlock High School and Modesto Valley Junior College. Next he attended UCLA where he played quarterback on the football team before an injury forced him to quit. He then transferred to USC, where he completed a master’s degree in Physical Education. His athletic ability transcended to his success as a coach. Bill was a coach in football, baseball and basketball at San Bernadino Valley College and Southwestern College. He was twice inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame — once at Turlock High School, then again at San Bernadino Valley College. Bill was a coach and teacher at Southwestern College for 25 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jette Duncan.
Bill is survived by daughters, Christine Duncan of Point Loma and Michele Duncan-Maxwell of Perth, Australia; son-in-law, Alex Maxwell; grandsons, Bayden and Tanner; and sister, Pauline Gloeckler of Flagstaff, Ariz.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 22 at Glen Abbey’s Little Chapel of the Roses. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.