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David Duncan

August 27, 1953 ~ September 29, 2018 (age 65)

It is with heavy hearts that we share the loss of David Duncan on September 29, 2018 after a year –long struggle with cancer.  David’s true spirit was kindness and tolerance, and those qualities shone through everything he did—he made time for everyone. His honesty and integrity were respected by all, and his legacy will live on through everyone he knew.

David was born August 27, 1953 at the Carmel Hospital, and was a lifelong Peninsula resident.  He attended elementary school at David Avenue School and San Benancio School, and high school at Salinas High School and Monterey Adult School.  David also attended Monterey Peninsula College as an adult, and began his professional life as an electrician in construction in 1972, moving to his career as an Instrumentation Electrician and computer programmer with MRWPCA in 1979.  His epic skill at troubleshooting and problem solving abilities made him an asset to every task and group he touched; the man could fix anything. David achieved a Grade III Mechanical Technologist certificate from the California Water Pollution Control Association, a Grade 3 Electrical/Instrumentation Technologist certificate from the California Water Environment Association, and was certified as a Commercial Plumbing Inspector and as a Commercial Electrical Inspector by the International Code Council.  David retired in 2013, and continued working in his retirement with the City of Monterey and as harbormaster for Pebble Beach Company and the Stillwater Yacht Club until 2016.

An avid outdoorsman, David enjoyed camping, backpacking, and mountaineering.  He completed many climbing adventures with family and friends, including Thunderbolt Peak and Matterhorn Peak in California, and Mount Olympus in Washington.  His adventures moved from land to sea in 2001, when he and wife Sarah began sailboat racing, carrying on the tradition on the boat that his father-in-law, John Neighbours, built.  Under his watch, Calphurnia and her crew won season championships with the Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club several times over, most recently in 2016 and 2017.  He was a dedicated racer, and showed himself as a true Corinthian, both on and off the water.  David was Commodore of the yacht club in 2016, and was valued by the Club as part of their Board of Directors and as House Chair.  David also had amazing experiences delivering sailboats from Mexico to California, and down the coast from San Francisco to San Diego, and spoke of those experiences as some of the best times he’d ever had.

David is survived by his wife of thirty eight years, Sarah, who he met when he was eighteen years old.  He was most certainly the love of her life.  David is also survived by their son, Joshua, of southern California, and by his mother O’lema, and siblings Christine Alexander, Donald Duncan, and Bradley Duncan (Diane), and their children.  His Neighbours family; David, Mary, and Renee, and many nieces and nephews, will miss his loving care of all. His friends, too many to record, will never forget his great spirit.

A memorial service is planned for the near future. 

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