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Dwain Louis Duncan

February 8, 1945 ~ May 16, 2019 (age 74)


Dwain Louis Duncan was born on February 8, 1945 at the Queen of Angels Hospital in Los Angeles to Fred and Elsie Duncan. He lived in Carson where he walked “uphill both ways” to elementary school and graduated from Banning High School where he ran Track and Cross Country. He enlisted in the Marines and completed Boot Camp but was Honorably Discharged because of a broken collarbone. He became a Manager for Thrifty Drug Store, a company he would serve for 49 years. He married Celeste and fathered Laurie Ann Duncan in 1968 and Bryan Dwain Duncan in 1970. He was divorced by 1971. In 1972, he met Janice where they worked together at the Rancho Palos Verdes Thrifty store. In 1973, he was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church at Mount Olive in Rancho Palos Verdes. Janice and Dwain were soon family dating and married at Mt. Olive on August 18, 1974. They lived in Long Beach and became active at Grace Lutheran Church, Dwain being an Usher, Trustee, and Elder. On February 21, 1976 Scott Alan Paynter-Duncan was born and baptized followed by Amy Beth Duncan now Cortez on May 3, 1978 and Christopher Louis Duncan on October 12, 1983. He was involved with the Boy Scouts and his sons in Long Beach and Temecula. On Good Friday March 29, 1989 Dwain moved his family to Temecula and became involved at New Community Lutheran. In 1998, he moved the family to Good Shepherd Lutheran where he again became involved as an usher, trustee and Altar Guild President till the end. Dwain loved to fish, camp, feed humming birds, collect ducks, (he even had two live ones) and travel with his wife, kids and grandkids to the mountains, beaches, deserts, zoos, missions, theme parks, antique and dollhouse stores  throughout California. Dwain and Janice were married 44 years. Dwain attended the births of his children, many graduations, plays, band concerts, scouting events, the weddings of three of his children, and an Eagle Scout Ceremony. Dwain entered Temecula Valley Hospital at 1:00 am on May 16, 2019 and passed around 10:00 am. We are comforted with the firm knowledge that he was standing in front of his Savior hearing Him say, “Well Done thou good and faithful servant!”



Dwain was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Elsie Duncan.

He is survived by his sister, Cheryl Nold, his wife Janice Duncan, his children, Laurie Duncan, Bryan Duncan, Scott Paynter (wife Madelynn), Amy Duncan-Cortez (husband Daniel Cortez), and Christopher Duncan; his grandchildren Jacob Duncan, Cody Duncan, Austin Duncan and Breanna Paynter;  and also many nieces and nephews.

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