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Jerry Lee DuVall was a 4 year resident of the South Bay. He was 75 years old and passed away at his home in Torrance on Wednesday, August 26, 2010. Jerry was born in Crothersville, Indiana and spent his childhood in Anderson, Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in electrical engineering and later received his Masters in engineering management from Oklahoma State University. Jerry was in ROTC at Purdue and went straight into the Air Force as a first lieutenant. He was a trained bombardier and navigator and after graduating flight school, he went straight to Yokohama, Japan and flew B-50 Superfortesses with the 601st Air Reconnaissance Squadron. While he was stationed in Japan, Jerry met his true love and wife to be, Fukuko Saito. After being married for a year, Jerry and Fukuko had a son, Mark and he moved his family all over the nation in Air Force fashion, living in Mississippi, New Hampshire, Maine, Oklahoma, Indiana, Hawaii and California. Jerry did a tour of duty in the Vietnam War and lived to talk about it, which he would do only after a few beers. After serving 20 years in the Air Force, he was faced with a number of career choices and decided to retire from the Air Force as a colonel. Jerry started a second career at Lockheed and settled down in Fremont, California. After retiring from Lockheed, Jerry and Fukuko traveled leisurely for many years prior to coming to Torrance. Jerry will always be remembered for his ability to appreciate all the small things in life at all times and his relentless care and concern for those around him. He was an avid runner that enjoyed running daily and would routinely run as far as 13 miles with ease. For those that knew Jerry, they will forever remember his iconic silhouette kicking back on the back porch sipping a beer after a long run next to our ever present family beagle. Jerry was a hardcore Air Force officer for much of his life and used to routinely say "Don't sweat the small stuff … and remember it's all small stuff". Jerry is survived by his sister, Linda DuVall of Fremont, CA; his son, Mark (and his wife Grace) DuVall of Torrance, CA and 4 grandchildren. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits. Please go to the mortuary's website, www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages and to share memories.

Published in Daily Breeze on Aug. 28, 2010
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