Dec. 11, 1925 – Dec. 10, 2016
Donald P. Duncan, son of Donald B. Duncan and Edith Studt, born in New York on Dec. 11, 1925, died peacefully in Northridge on Dec. 10 just hours before his 91st birthday.
As a young boy Don’s family relocated to Los Angeles where he attended Verdugo Hills High, graduating in 1943. It was during those years he experienced his first love, a 1930s Ford Roadster, that he named Daisy. It was the beginning of Don’s lifetime love of cars.
After high school Don enlisted in the Navy where he served aboard the USS Lenawee. He was on board the Lenawee in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945 and witnessed Japan’s formal surrender. After his release from the Navy he tried a variety of things – working at the Jergens Lotion plant in Burbank, taking accounting classes in Pasadena – but eventually found his niche at the Glendale Post Office. There he met budding artist Ben Abrial and purchased some of his early work.
Upon retirement Don could be seen tooling about in either his red Sunbeam Tiger or his Daimler Dart. He loved those cars and they loved him back.
In his later years Don was grateful for the loving care he received from the staff at Northridge Golden Nest, especially Eddie Ang. This gentle man will be missed by his friends and all who knew him, but hopefully there’s a wide open highway in heaven just for him.
A graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Glendale, 1712 S. Glendale Ave. in Glendale 91205 on Friday, Dec. 23 at 1 p.m.