David Hoxie Duncan, beloved father, grandfather, brother, and friend to all, passed away peacefully on April 27th after a long illness. Born on February 18, 1944 in Denver Colorado to Horace and Mary Alice Duncan, Dave grabbed life by the horns and thought himself a true American cowboy.
A storyteller by nature, Dave could weave you a yarn that would please the king. From fantastic tales of his years in the hospitality industry, (including a summer at the Stanley Hotel, famous from the movie "The Shining") to stories of his childhood at "784 St Paul" Dave could regale a crowd and keep them laughing. A brilliant mind with a love of knowledge, Dave could rattle off important historical dates and movie quotes like an encyclopedia.
After suffering a spinal cord injury in 1988, Dave showed his indomitable spirit and regained mobility, returned to school and started a new life and career for himself. Despite his disability, Dave would take his children horse back riding, to amazing classic rock concerts, and always meeting friends on Fridays for dinner and a movie. Dave loved books, old westerns (especially John Wayne), tv crime dramas, shopping, classic rock music, Star Trek and Star Wars and his love was contagious through his immense enthusiasm and excitement. He never missed a Phil Collins air drum solo when his lucky song came on the radio.
Dave's reason for living was his children, whom he loved with all his heart. No matter his personal life challenges he always made sure his children felt his unconditional love. He instilled in them the ability and courage to try anything, and made them feel like the most beautiful, intelligent and important people on the planet. He was immensely proud of his children and grandchildren and that pride gives them strength.
May the Force be with him.