JERRY DON DUNCAN
July 21, 1940 – Jun. 24, 2020
Jerry Don Duncan, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away unexpectedly on June 24, 2020 at the age of 79. Jerry remained a powerful example of faith, courage, kindness, and love to the very end.
Jerry was born in Sulphur Oklahoma, on July 21, 1940, the oldest of the five children of T.C. and Ruby Marie Duncan. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, his brother Jim, along with his brother in law James E. Foote. He is also survived by his sons, Scott (Kalli), Brian (Paula), David (Vivian), Nathan (Megan), and Troy (Sandra), and daughters Becky (Randy), and Diana (Cade), along with their respective children and grandchildren. He counts as his posterity, 8 children, 29 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren with 2 more due to join the family soon. Adding to Jerry’s legacy are many members of what he called “The Duncan Clan”. At last census Jerry would have numbered those he loved and counted as “Duncan’s” in the thousands. He was predeceased by beloved son Steven, his parents, his brothers Ron and Dennis, and his sweet and only sister Sandra Kay.
Jerry attended school in Morenci Arizona, graduating from Morenci High in 1959. Like anyone who has ever lived in Morenci and Greenlee County who Jerry was, and who he became were all founded in the copper mining town of Morenci. He always considered himself a Morenci boy, and was enormously proud of his roots in that small community. Upon graduating from Morenci, he moved to the valley to attend Arizona State University. Jerry had only one love from grade school on, and he and Dorothy were married in 1961 in the Mesa Arizona temple, creating the foundation for their eternal family.
While living in the valley, he began his career with Motorola. He will say that he got the job because of his basketball skills, but kept it, to keep his growing family fed. Jerry worked for Motorola for 37 years before retiring and focusing all of his energy and efforts on his family, friends, and his faith.
Jerry was passionate about many things, but the three that truly stood out in his life, were family, service, and scouting. To Jerry, there was no difference between a friend and family. Once you were a friend, you were immediately family. His scope of love knew no bounds, and his circle of friends continued to grow right up to his passing, as his doctors and nurses will attest. His life was a glorious example of the power of service to others, and the joy and peace that comes from seeking the well-being of others over your own. Jerry was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in the church in many capacities, and regardless of the calling, he pursued it with faith, passion, and most of all love. His most cherished calling was working with young men in the Scouting program for over 40 years. He was so proud of the young men he had the chance to love and influence and considered them in every way a son. He earned the Silver Beaver award, which is Scouting’s highest adult service award, but was prouder of the fact that all of his sons, and grandsons had earned their Eagle Scout rank.
Dad was an amazing man not soon forgotten by anyone he met. He was larger than life, his generosity knew no bounds, he encouraged people to pay it forward and in turn left a pattern of service and love for those he left behind. Jerry’s quiet nature, love of life, family, friends and the outdoors and his smile will abide with us until we meet again.
Due to the current pandemic, the family will be holding private by invitation only memorial services. There will, however, be a viewing to which we invite all of Jerry’s friends to attend. This will be held on Tuesday June 30th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Stake center located at 2707 S College Ave. in Tempe. Please note that we are striving to adhere to social distancing requirements as established by the State of Arizona and we strongly urge the use of masks during this portion of the viewing.