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James Robert DuncanApril 1, 1929 ~ September 24, 2017 (age 88)
James Robert Duncan, 88, of Homedale, died Sunday September 24, 2017 of natural causes. He was born on April 1, 1929 in Boise, Idaho.
Jim grew up in Grandview, Idaho, where his family farmed. He graduated from Grandview High School in 1947. His class numbered 5 members, all boys.
He married his high school sweetheart, Lydia Echevarria, on December 27, 1951 in Winnemucca, Nevada. In 1952 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. Upon completing his military service, Jim and Lyd moved to Pocatello where he graduated with an accounting degree from Idaho State University.
In 1954 they welcomed their son, Monte James. The three of them loved camping with their extended family and friends. Jim and Monte had a special bond with their love for the New York Yankees.
Jim’s work took them to Homedale in 1958. After several years working for a local accounting firm, Jim purchased the real estate and business for sole ownership. He sold the business and retired in 1985.
Jim also served for half a century as the Homedale School District clerk, and after his retirement, as the school district’s business manager. Former Homedale superintendent, Tim Rosandick, summed up Jim’s career perfectly when he said “Jim is a man of few words. He’s not one to toot his own horn, but if he were, it would be a symphony!"
Jim was very active in the Homedale community. He served as Secretary of the Homedale Rodeo Board, on the Owyhee County Waterways Commission and as Secretary of the Homedale Fire District. He is a member and past president of the Homedale Chamber of Commerce, a member and past president of the Homedale Kiwanis Club and past member of the Homedale Jaycee Organization.
Jim spent many nights watching his beloved Trojans at athletic events. He enjoyed this almost as much as watching his three grandchildren grow up; attending their sporting events and seeing them graduate from the University of Idaho. He was blessed to have met his six great-grandchildren, whom he adored.
Survivors include his brother, Arthur, Twin Falls, his son Monte (Darcy) of Boise his three grandchildren Kelly (Kacey) Duncan, Jenny (Dan) Stewart, Katie (Joe) Eiguren all of Boise, and his six great-grandchildren Drew and Taylor Duncan, Jack and Clint Stewart, and Sophia and Jacqueline Eiguren. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Margaret Duncan, his brother Ron, and his wife Lydia.
Memorials may be made to the Homedale School District.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Mike Parker, his family and staff, and Steve and Nancy Belknap for all of the support they gave Gramps over the years!
Celebration of Life will be held Friday, September 29, 2017 at 10:00 am at the Mountain View Church of the Nazarene in Homedale, Idaho. Burial will follow at the Marsing-Homedale Cemetery under the direction of Flahiff Funeral Chapel. This will be followed by a reception at the Txoko Ona Basque Center in Homedale.
Jim was a quiet man, but his pride and affection for those he loved shined through his kind blue eyes.