James Jolly Duncan

James Jolly Duncan

10/7/1942 – 5/8/2019

James Jolly Duncan was born in Pittsburgh, California on Oct. 7, 1942, to John Jolly Duncan and Blanche Steward Duncan. He lived in West Los Angeles until 1960 when he joined the U.S. Marine Corp stationed in Camp Pendleton.

He worked through his 20s as a bartender in Lake Tahoe and at the infamous Yodler Inn in Mammoth Lakes. He was skiing his heart and bachelorhood out.

He then began his college career at Denver University. Upon completion, he embarked on his lifelong successful career with Sky-chef Foods, then owned by American Airlines. Work moved him from Denver, Colorado to Tulsa, Oklahoma to Dallas, Texas to Miami, Florida to Nashville, Tennessee and back to Dallas. Eventually he landed where he wanted to be, Carpinteria, California.     

He married Kimberly Hornsby in July 1988. He fell in love with his two incredible daughters, Kathryn Steward Duncan and Emily Elizabeth Duncan. His heart and soul were his daughters.

  Upon the death of his very best friend and brother-in-law, Roger Green, he moved to Carpinteria to be closer to his sister, nieces, nephews and grandniece and nephew. He nestled himself into so many people’s lives in the community of Carpinteria; he found little niches and he gave back in so many ways. He was a man of routine and humor. He was your best friend in an instant and he remembered the most unique things about you, making you feel so very special. Little did anyone know how much they needed a Jolly!

Life transitioned in a huge way in December 2018. Jolly fought so hard against his diagnosis of Bile Duct Cancer. His caretakers from beginning to end were an integral part of his fight—Kim, Kathryn and Emily, and his best friend Rich Densmore. He passed away on the morning of May 8, 2019, at Serenity House in Santa Barbara, California. 

He is survived by his daughters, Kathryn and Emily Duncan, his ex-wife Kim Hornsby Duncan, his sister Sally Duncan Green, his nieces and nephews, Cameron Green and Eric Wittenbach, Beth and Grant Cox, Mia and Carter Cox, Samantha Duncan Dowdall Green and Nathan Dowdall. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Santa Barbara and Relay For Life Coastal Santa Barbara County.

Services will be held at Carpinteria Community Church on May 19, 2019, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow.

God speed, Jolly!

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I am so sorry to hear this news of Jolly passing. Jolly & I worked together in Tulsa, OK & Dallas Ft Worth, TX. He was a man that was always there for you & could be the go-to-guy for anything. He was my Mentor while at Sky Chefs. I wish I would have been able to hookup with Jolly years later. God Bless Jolly & may you Rest in Peace. DD

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