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Gail Duncan


1920 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Gail Duncan Obituary
1920 ~ 2015
Our beloved father Gail B Duncan completed his mortal life, at home, February 6, 2015, in Cedar City, UT.
He was born the third of nine children to James Alonzo Duncan and Jessie Ann Barkdull in Meadow, UT, February 10, 1920. Seven of his siblings, his wife, and one great grandchild preceded him in death. He is survived by his sister Stella Ann Mathews, his children JoAnn Duncan (Daniel M.) Jones and Gail Neuman (Lucinda Alvey) Duncan, 11 grandchildren, and 35 great grandchildren.
Gail was married and sealed in the St. George Temple to Audrey Jones Houchen, September 14, 1944. Their union was one of love, joy, faith, testimony, kindness, and unity. The sentiment in their song, "I'll be loving you 'Always'," was exemplified by Dad as he cared for Mom when she contracted Alzheimer's Disease.
Gail is affectionately known as Opa to his grandchildren. He was pleased to receive his son and his seven grandsons into the Eagle's Nest, and to help support his grandsons and two granddaughters on their LDS missions.
Dad's greatest legacy to us is his example of service, love, and hard work. He helped support his parents throughout their lives. Each year he grew a beautiful garden and shared the harvest. His neighbors continue to express their appreciation for his unselfish help in their yards and homes.
Gail graduated from Millard High School as the student body president. He was an outstanding athlete in football, basketball and track. In 1939, armed with an academic scholarship, a bicycle, his father's best jersey cow, a sack of flour, and some bottled peaches, he made his way to BAC in Cedar City, where he earned his Associate's Degree. He graduated from Utah State University with his Bachelor's Degree, and later, from the University of Nevada with his Master's Degree.
Gail served his country as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. From 1949 to 1985, his employment was with Vocational Rehabilitation. He loved his clients, and helped many handicapped people become trained for and receive jobs. In 1966, he was named State, Regional, and National Rehabilitation Counselor of the Year.
Dad served God by living a life of honesty and integrity and by serving in many capacities in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some of his callings include Bishop, Stake President, and four missions with his sweetheart: England Coventry, Cedar West Stake, Church Employment Center, and The St. George Temple. Dad loved family history, and produced the book, "Ancestors and Descendants of James Alonzo and Jessie Ann Duncan." Through his efforts, hundreds of his kindred dead have received their temple blessings.
Gail was truly a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. All of us have tender memories of fishing and camping trips, family gatherings, and reunions that he so lovingly organized.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 21, 2015, at 1:00 pm in the 2nd Ward Chapel (256 S 900 W, Cedar City). Friends and family may visit Friday evening from 6:30-8:30 pm at Southern Utah Mortuary (190 N 300 W), and Saturday morning from 11:30-12:30 at the church. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.
Online condolences can be sent to www.sumortuary.com.
Published in Deseret News on Feb. 15, 2015
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