OBITUARY

Wesley Kay Duncan

November 20, 1938December 21, 2020
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Wesley Kay Duncan, age 82, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away at home surrounded by loved ones on Monday, December 21, 2020. He was born on November 20th 1938 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He is preceded in death by his mother who passed when he was five years old. This led to him living with different Aunts, Uncles, and cousins through Idaho, Montana, and Utah.

Stacked in a home or a barn with several other family members, is where Wes learned to save and re-use things. His most often used saying was, “Don’t throw that away I can use it for something!”. Remaining hopeful during his youth he was always grateful and admired his cousins who helped care for him. Wesley graduated from Hurricane High School in Utah in 1958, and joined the US Navy in 1962 where he worked as a Machinist Mate on the U.S.S. Prairie, which led to a career as a Millwright at TIMET in Henderson Nevada for over 30 years.

Wes lived in Henderson, Nevada for over 50 years where his greatest accomplishment and happiness are his two children, 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; they are his living legacy. Whenever possible you could find him on Lake Mead fishing for large mouth bass, ATVing in Utah, mining for gold in Arizona, or some other outdoor adventure. Most often his hard working and fun loving ways were spent helping a friend, working on a project, fixing something or just shooting the breeze. He was always giving of his time and talents plus using all those things he never threw away. His integrity, generosity, humility, laughter, love of family and friends will be treasured and missed most. About now he would be saying, “What’s all the fuss about?”

Wesley leaves behind his wife, Julie; daughter, Traci (Ricky); son, Brian, the mother of his children, Donna; grandchildren: Ashley (Andrew), Jacob, and Faith; great-grandchildren: Maddox, Brave, Ezra and August; brothers: Glen Duncan Jr. and Darrell Duncan; nieces, nephews, cousins, and many close friends.

He will be remembered on January 14th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located at 400 South Water Street, Henderson, Nevada 89015. Visitation with a Family prayer will be at 10:00 am with services following at 11am. Wesley will be laid to rest on Friday, January 15th at 10:40 am at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery 1900 Veterans Memorial Dr. Boulder City, Nevada 89005

Due to COVID-19, all government restrictions will be in place, and all guests in attendance must wear a mask.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.palmboulderhighway.com for the Duncan family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, January 15, 2021

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Robert Palmer

January 14, 2021

I am Bob Palmer. I have known Wes for over 30 years. We worked together at Timet most of that time. I consider Wes a lifetime friend and an eternal friend. We have had many special hunting trips together, and many, many good times. My special memory was when I was building my house in Mission Hills. Wes volunteered to help me put the trusses on so I invited him and the team to go to the Eldorado for breakfast. Wes never showed up. When I headed up to the job there was Wes all by himself dragging those trusses towards the basement. That was the type of guy he was. I will miss him a lot and send my condolences to his family. He was loved and appreciated by all. Especially me.
Sincerely,
Bob

cody & wendi mangum

January 14, 2021

Cody & I are so sad to hear about Wes. He taught me how to do the swing :) We always looked forward to see him at the Duncan & Mangum reunion. He always had a smile on his face. Wes you will be missed

Tim & Jenn Lindberg

January 13, 2021

Our dear friend Wes,

We were so sad to hear you left us early. Thank you for your bright smile, encouraging word and strong helping hand every time our paths crossed. You brightened our day every time we saw you and left us feeling blessed! We pray comfort for your loved ones and family, as I’m sure they would have liked to have you around longer on this side as well.

For those of you who didn’t know, we purchased a lot in the Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort that was adjacent to the lot that Wes owned and spent several months at each year. Wes was such an amazing neighbor and on countless times came over to help us out of various jams and difficulties as we were building our cabin.

One time I was gluing all the ABS drain pipes together in our crawlspace and Wes came over and wanted to help and he spent about four hours on his hands and knees in the crawlspace with me gluing pipe! I think he was 79 at the time.

Another time it was an absolute downpour and we hadn’t yet gotten our roof covered and so the water was coming in everywhere through the plywood cracks and dripping down through the floor and into the crawlspace and Wes came over with tons of buckets and helped me sweep everything and get the water captured in buckets for a couple hours.

I think one of the last times we saw Wes, he had just gotten married to his sweetheart Julie and was so excited to introduce her to us and they came over on the four wheeler and we talked and laughed and it was like seeing kids in high school again! I asked them to smile for pictures and they were just a tad embarrassed but it was quite funny.

We will always remember the kind hearted neighbor who always had something nice to say and couldn’t leave you without lending a hand to help in some way.

We love you, Wes! Godspeed on your next adventure!

Tim & Jenn Lindberg, Johanna & Alysha :-)

Greg Gines

January 13, 2021

Wes Duncan was one of the first men I met when I returned to TIMET in 1971 and we became good friends. Over the years, we enjoyed many great adventures--from house boating on Lake Powell with our wives, to fishing on Lake Mead and to hunting Javelina in Arizona. I treasure those memories. Wes was a good man and he will be missed.
My deepest condolences go out to Wes' family during this difficult time. Rest in peace Wes.

Greg Gines
TIMET retiree

Heather Kelley

January 13, 2021

My heart is very saddend to learn of Uncle Wes' passing. I have so many fond memories being on Linden St. when we were kids, Uncle Wes ALWAYS made me feel just as much a part of the Duncan family as anyone. All my love to Aunt Donna, Traci and Brian.

Mattie Bill

January 11, 2021

Our hearts go out to the family of Wes Duncan, so sorry for your loss. Prayers for family.
from the Bill's Loyd and Mattie

Connie McGowan

January 11, 2021

I loved this man as much as I’ve ever loved anyone! Your eagerness to help others was just one of the many many attributes you possessed. I loved how excited you were over my greenhouse and your help building it. You loved bringing folks to see it. Our regular Saturday gatherings won’t be the same without you my friend! Thanks again for all your help! Love Connie and Rodney McGowan

Jim Bassett

January 11, 2021

(Last section of another comment in these memories) Taking a break before lunch was not even a thought with Wes. I could go on and on about Wesley Duncan. The love of his life, Julie made Wes complete along with his daughter, grandkids, niece and all of his Family in Idaho and Utah+. He carried a torch for Julie from High School and he would tell me, "she is very good-looking" and I have to agree. As he transitioned into this chapter of his existence I'm certain he did it with that famous grin of his and you can be sure that he will be looking down on those of us at the ranch with that same heartfelt happiness and his gregarious, engaging grin that he had when he greeted any of us on the Ponderosa Ranch, Orderville, Utah.

Jim Bassett

January 11, 2021

Wesley, always there to lend a hand. A friend's friend. Once a friend always a friend. Hard work? ... no problem. Old fashioned values? ... he owned them. A gregarious knowing smile which he always found when what he cherished about your personality traits started showing, good or bad. In so many ways Wes was the soul of the Little Ponderosa. So many times I'd find him out clearing rocks and other debris from road(s) because it was the right thing to do and he wouldn't pass it by. "If I don't do it, no one else will". If he had two of something and he knew you needed one ... he'd insist that you take one - often the best one. Destitute and need a place to stay? ... his home was open to all that passed his way. Cook him a meal and he'd fall over himself for weeks never forgetting to praise where praise was due. Sharing a microwave corndog meal and only one ketchup packet between the two of you ... oh I don't need that ... or I don't like ketchup - go figure. He didn't have a dog but, he'd play rough house with my German Shepard, Sammy until his hands were bleeding. A gentleman ... it comes with the territory of being a man for Wes. A woman in the crowd? ... he made sure her every whim was addressed. Memories to be shared? ... his were always the good times - the glass was forever half full with Wes. Family? - paramount .... this is what we're going to do at the next family reunion. Classic Country music? ... is there any other kind of music? Not for Wes. I'd put the tunes on when we were working in my shed and Wes would recapture and share memories from the Dance hall back on old highway 91 in Hurricane. He'd talk about the Navy and events from his past life including a career out in Apex. Fishing? ...he's the classic example of "days spent fishing cannot be deducted against a man's total life time". He used his time wisely. Work tomorrow? Yes, and I'll be there at 8:00, earlier if he thought he could pull me out of bed before that hour. (Dialog+ on other post)

NANCY MOORE

January 10, 2021

To Wes's family, I am unable to attend the service but wanted to extend my sympathies to all of his family. I worked with Wes at TIMET for many years when I was the Human Resources Supervisor. He was a very well respected individual, co-worker and friend to many. It was an honor to work with him. I am very, very sorry for your loss.
Nancy Moore
Retired TIMET Human Resources Supv

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