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James Russell Duncan
June 20, 1955 ~ September 1, 2023 (age 68) 68 Years Old
James Russell Duncan, known by his friend and family as Jim or Jimmy, was born on June 20, 1955, in Port Angeles, Washington, to his loving parents, Robert and Bettie Duncan. It is with heavy hearts that we announce his passing on September 1, 2023. Jim spent his entire life in the embrace of the Dungeness Valley, a place he cherished dearly.
Jim's journey through life was marked by various accomplishments and a deep love for his community. In 1975, he was crowned Prom King, a testament to his popularity, which was undoubtedly influenced by his parents' ownership of the beloved Dungeness Tavern. Jim was a celebrated track and field star. He also actively participated in football and basketball during his school years.
At the age of 19, Jim began his career at the Rainier Mill, starting as a humble broom pusher. His dedication propelled him to the role of a skilled millwright. When the mill eventually closed its doors, Jim pursued further education in diesel mechanics and embarked on a new path as a tow truck driver, where he found fulfillment for many years, working alongside Chris Frankfurth.
Jim's zest for life knew no bounds. He relished every opportunity to engage in outdoor activities, such as crabbing, skiing, biking, softball, racing, golfing, and gathering firewood. His adventurous spirit extended to both indoor and outdoor games, always eager to try something new, often times with his best friend Jamie-babe.
Jim's spiritual side was a significant part of his life, and he has now embarked on a journey to a better place. Beneath his strong exterior lay a softhearted and authentic soul, though occasionally displaying a hint of stubbornness. He held a deep affection for his loved ones, finding joy in their company.
Jim was not only a loving father but also a devoted husband to Michele. He leaves behind a legacy of love in his children: Joe (Megan), Jim (Mandy), Drew (Trisha), Jesse (Baylee), Mariah (Mike), and his nine cherished grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Chris.
Jim is now reunited with his parents, Robert and Bettie, and his sister Bobbie Jean, who preceded him in death. We invite you to join us in celebrating Jim's life on October 8 at 1:00 PM. The gathering will take place at Brian and Dot Flanders' residence, located at 387 Toad Rd. Sequim, where we will remember a man whose spirit will forever live on in our hearts.