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JOHN R. (JACK)
John R. (Jack) Durrance, the son of Oscar Leon Durrance and Mattie (Bishop) Durrance was born near Deland, Florida December 20, 1923.
He lived most of his life in Gainesville, Florida, graduating from Gainesville High School in 1941. He served as a Staff Sergeant with the 103rd Infantry Division in World War II and received a battlefield commission to Second Lieutenant. He was awarded the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, Paratrooper Badge, Glider man Wings, and the Combat Infantry Badge. He attended the University of Florida and received a B.S. degree in 1947 and an M.A. degree in 1949. He taught there while working toward his doctorate. Prior to completing this he was employed as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and stationed in the New York City area. During his service as a Special Agent he received a letter of commendation from Director Hoover for the apprehension of one of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted fugitives. He returned to Gainesville, Florida to assume part ownership of Gainesville Bonded Warehouse. He served as an Alachua County Commissioner from 1954 until 1982, and was elected president of the State Association of County Officials.
He was predeceased by his parents and his wife, Janet Hiers Durrance. He is survived by four children: John R. Durrance Jr. and wife Mindy, James Leon Durrance and wife Kim, Jill Bryanne Durrance Welch and husband Frank, and Jean Brill Durrance Tarwater and husband John. His grandchildren: Travis Durrance, Cara Durrance Johnson, James Durrance, Benjamin Durrance, Meghan Durrance, Bennett Welch, Tara Welch, Jack Tarwater, and Joe Tarwater. His great-grandchildren: Eli Odessa Johnson and Reese Georgia Johnson.
A service is planned for later in the summer. In lieu of flowers the Women's Shelter, Peaceful Paths, 2100 NW 53rd Avenue, Suite A, Gainesville, FL 32653, (352) 377-5690. Please express condolences at www.southcare.us. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society in Alpharetta (678) 735-5500.
South Care Cremation and Funeral Society- Alpharetta
2260 Old Milton Parkway Alpharetta, GA 30009
Published in Gainesville Sun from Apr. 22 to Apr. 24, 2013