Arthur Marrell Duncan, 80, passed away on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at David Grant Medical Center. He was born in Etowah County, Ala. He enlisted with the United States Air Force in 1951 and retired in 1971 at Travis Air Force Base. In 1973, he went to work for the Sears Roebuck Co. as a technician and retired in 1990. He was a resident of Fairfield for 46 years.
Arthur enjoyed fishing, playing cards, cooking, reading western novels, solving puzzles, magic tricks, gardening and telling jokes. He could repair anything and everything and was always there to help anyone when they needed him. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was a great family man. He enjoyed baseball and coached his son’s Little League teams. In his later years, he enjoyed sitting in front of the house visiting with neighbors and entertaining the neighborhood kids. He loved animals and often befriended the neighborhood pets, including dogs, cats and blue jays in the backyard. Birds would land on his lap and feed from his hand.
He was preceded in death by his son, David Arthur Duncan; grandson, Adam David Hayes; parents, Frank Benjamin Duncan and Katie Harper Duncan of Alabama; brothers Shelly Duncan, RV Duncan, James Duncan, Dennis Duncan and WC Duncan; sisters Josephine Smith, Bessie McDaniel, Frances Champion and Joyce Stephens.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Beverly of Fairfield; twin daughters, Pat Duncan Hayes and Pam Duncan of Vacaville; grandson, Noah Hayes (Gail) of Suisun City; brother, Andrew Duncan of Greenville, S.C.; sisters, Artie Mae Blanton and Fay Nell Wilson of Boaz, Ala.; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at the Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, 1850 W. Texas St. in Fairfield. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct., 17, 2012, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1600 Union Ave., Fairfield, Calif. A military burial will be at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, Dixon, Calif., at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 . Memorial donations can be made to the Adam Hayes Scholarship Fund at St. Mark’s Preschool, 1600 Union Ave., Fairfield, CA 94533. We love you Papa.
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