The Obit For Brad Duncan

DUNCAN, Bradley J.

Published in The Sacramento Bee from September 8 to September 9, 2010

A great spirit left us when Bradley J. Duncan departed this world. He passed unexpectedly on Saturday, August 28, 2010 in Granite Bay, CA.

Brad was born April 12, 1952 in Crescent City, CA, the second child of Jay and Jayne Duncan. He married Diane Lozano in 1975 and shared a strong and loving relationship with their children, son Tai and daughter-in-law Mia, as well as daughter Sundara and her partner Matt Salinas. He also leaves behind his brother Dennis and wife Char Duncan, nephew Ian Duncan and wife Jesse, mother-in-law Bonnie Clarke, David Clarke, and niece and nephew Briana and Nicholas Lozano. Brad was preceded in death by his parents Jay and Jayne Duncan, his father-in-law Rudy Lozano, and brother-in-law Gary Lozano.

Graduating from El Camino High School in 1970, Brad was recognized as the Scholar-Athlete of the year, and was an All-State athlete in basketball and baseball. He attended Fresno State graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1976 with a BA in Philosophy (Religious Studies). Prior to his graduation he played minor league baseball with the Minnesota Twins.

He began a career with the California Conservation Corps in 1979, and in 2007, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed him to the post of Chief of the CCC's Program Development and Support Division.

He will stay in the memory of a large and varied group of friends, colleagues, and his spiritual community. The love and support of this large group has been felt daily since his passing. While he will be remembered in different ways, all will remember his playfulness, his integrity, and his compassionate connection with others. Brad lived his spirituality, lived his life with passion, and loved the spirit of competition no matter what the game happened to be. He loved the blues, writing songs, playing his guitar, all team sports, horse racing, working in his garden, coaching, and spending quality time with his family and friends. Brad translated his beliefs as a Tibetan Buddhist into daily action with those around him, and in his life work of contributing to the lives of others.

A celebration of Brad's life will be held on Friday, September 10th, at 3:00 pm, at Sun City Lincoln Hills, 965 Orchard Creek Lane in the Orchard Creek Lodge Amphitheater, Lincoln CA 95648. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bodchitta Foundation, 127 Cherry St. Apt. #3, Cambridge MA 12139, or the charity of your choice.