In Memory

Matthew Duncan - Class Of 1971

Matthew Duncan

Matt Duncan, born October 29, 1953, died June 26, 2011 of liver failure.  At the time of his death he was living in South Pasadena and was 57 years old.  He is survived by his daughter, Alexandra Duncan; his sister, Linda Duncan Blancett (SPHS '67) and brother Ken Duncan (SPHS '75).

He will be missed.

Matthew Scott Duncan, 57, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2011 while hospitalized for a life-threatening condition. He is survived by his daughter Alexandra Duncan, his ex-wife Kimberly Hughes, his sister Linda Blancett, his brother Kenneth Duncan and his aunt, Dorothy Forthun.

Matt attended schools in South Pasadena where he grew up, then went on to Pasadena City College, University of California Santa Barbara, Loyola-Marymount, and Southwestern School of Law. He pursued a career as a history teacher, then psychology, finally finding his niche as an attorney. Matt was admitted to the California State Bar in 1984, and was truly in his element in a courtroom. He was especially proud of his 50-plus trials during his career. Matt was an avid reader, sports fan, and golf player who loved travel and the outdoors. He was well known in and around South Pasadena for his generosity, quick wit, and intelligence. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who regarded him as a friend.

Pasadena Star News, July 3, 2011

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07/03/11 07:31 AM #1    

Ronald McCue (1971)

I knew Matt at So. Pas. and then at PCC. I haven"t seen him since. Knowledge of his passing affected me somewhat uncharacteristically emotionally. A fairly young person cut down in this age of modern miracle medicine! This year marks OUR 40th yr. removed from high school. A person and acquaintence of my age, gone makes me uncomfortably aware of my own mortality. But this awareness leads me to my emotional state which while lamenting the passing of Matt gives me the overwhelming feeling of gratitude for the life that I have. Good health for a man my age, who did the things that I did, for as long as I did. A comfortable life. I am HERE! Alive. Celebrating life and living it fully every day. Grateful. We are only here for a short time. Matt made the most of it and I who am blessed to be ABLE will "KEEP ON TRUCKIN". C U @ the reunion.  Ron McCue  





07/03/11 09:45 AM #2    

Lorraine Blanchard Terry (Bittner) (1971)

I remember Matt well, although I haven't seen him since high school.  He was always smiling and full of fun and plenty of mischief.  We shared several classes and many laughs together.  I am so sorry that he is gone.  My love and sympathy to his family and friends.

Lorraine (Terry) Bittner

07/03/11 10:02 AM #3    

Mike Silvestri (1971)

Matt was one of a very tight group of friends growing up in South Pasadena.  We did everything together from sports to cruising to partying.  You name it, we did it.  He was one of a kind.  I stayed in touch on and off over the years.  I last saw him at my Mom's service in 2006.  Creative mind, unique sense of humor and great friend.  I will miss him but have many found memories that will always be with me.  Keep an eye on us Matt!  Mike Silvestri

07/04/11 10:28 AM #4    

Frank Leon Matthews (1971)

 I can't stop thinking about you Matt since I heard of your passing. you were the funniest guy at school and I will never forget the garage. Rest in peace and keep the other angels laughing

07/07/11 08:39 PM #5    

Thom MacFarlane (1975)

Matt was one of those people that contributed to making South Pasadena a good home town. He was social, clever and uncensored. Matt was a good SPHS historian, loved to tell stories and is the subject of few stories himself. I last saw Matt when he stopped by the Class of 75 Reunion, his brother Ken’s class, in August, 2010 and he was his old charming self. We’ll miss him.

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