Donald Gene Duncan, a long-time resident of Charlotte, died Sunday, Feb, 19, 2017.
Born June 28, 1936 in Farmington AR, he was the second son of Norman Riley and Ellie Johnston Duncan. His brother, Dean Duncan of Fayetteville AR, survives him.
After attending the University of Missouri on a NROTC scholarship, Mr. Duncan earned his BS in Chemical Engineering and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. He served 12-years active duty primarily in the Submarine Service. In his final 2 years, after temporary duty as an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy, he taught NROTC Celestial Navigation at the University of South Carolina where he also earned an MBA. He served an additional 6 years in the Naval Reserve, retiring with the rank of Commander.
He moved to Charlotte in 1970 to work with insurance brokers mainly serving textile corporations. He ultimately became a corporate risk manager for one of the larger companies and after retirement, continued to serve as a consultant up until 2015
Mr. Duncan was predeceased by his partner of 45 years, Clyde H. Green. Jr. who died Feb. 22, 2016.
He is survived by his daughters Molly Maloney (Joe) and Perry Merritt (Clark) both of Pensacola FL, his son Don Jr. (Debbie) of Moore OK, 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his niece, Julie Perkins, and nephew, Jerry Duncan, and their families.
A celebration of his life will be held by his family at a later date. Per his wishes, his remains will be buried at sea.