Burt Duncan passed away Saturday morning, January 20, at Seton Hospital in Kyle,TX.
Burt lived with my mother, Frances Flash, for over 50 years. Although they never married, I considered him my step dad and my friend. They lived on Mulberry Street in Yountville CA.
Burt served in the U.S. Navy from March 1943 through May 1947. He was assigned to the U.S.S. San Francisco. He was awarded a Victory Medal and a Medal for Good Conduct. He participated in the Philippine Liberation and served in the Asiatic Pacific. At the time of his discharge, he held the rank of Radioman Third Class.
Burt is survived by three of his children, Paula, Laura and John. He is also survived by his nephew Dennis.
Burt was an accomplished private pilot who logged thousands of hours flying over his beloved Napa Valley. He was an excellent Gardner, an animal lover and a skilled fisherman. He loved to fish in all kinds of environments and conditions from creeks to rivers to oceans, and had a funny shirt for every day of the month proclaiming his love for the sport.
He worked for many, many years for Suburban Propane. He was often requested by the home owners in and around Napa Valley due to his honesty, integrity and sharp sense of humor.
Going anywhere with Burt was like escorting a rock star. People approached him everywhere, thanking him for his service. It was amazing to me and my wife how easily he made new friends. He could strike up a conversation anywhere he went, turning strangers into friends and admirers.
Burt loved playing with our kittens and often said that he would rather watch them than TV His own cat, Dusty, used to sit on his lap for hours on end while he stroked her and told her how beautiful she was.
Rest in Peace, my friend. My wife and I loved you and were honored to have you living with us for the last year of your life.