John Robert Duff

John Robert Duff (Oak View, CA)

Following a long and courageous battle with cancer, John Robert Duff, 53, passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2013. Born September 24, 1959 in Laguna Beach, California, John was the sixth of ten children born to John and Glaphry Duff.

After graduating from Fallbrook High School in 1977, John entered the fire service in Fallbrook , California and was later hired by Ventura City Fire Department. During his 30-year tenure, John served as a technical rescue coordinator, urban search and rescue director, fire engineer, and captain at Station 5 for 15 years.

An avid fisherman and hunter, John loved the outdoors and lived his life with vigor. Even through his illness, John brought continuous joy to all who knew him. John is survived by his wife, Diana, and their three children: Benjamin, Hanna, and Caleb. He is preceded in death by his father John Cummings Duff (Lt. Col, USMC, Ret.)

John will be laid to rest on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 3pm at Grace Lutheran Church 6190 Telephone Rd. in Ventura with the internment to follow at Ivy Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, it was John’s wish that donations be made to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network: or mail: FCSN 2600 W. Olive Ave., 5th Floor, Burbank, CA 91505

A public visitation will be held on Wednesday February 20, 2013 from 2 PM to 5 PM at Charles Carroll Funeral Home, 15 Teloma Dr. Ventura CA. (805) 642-8134


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 20, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 21, 2013

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bill macy

March 15, 2014

I will always remember John Tiger Duff.

Bill Macy

March 12, 2013

Dear Diana, Ben, Hanna and Caleb,

I am shocked and so deeply saddened to hear of John's passing. My deepest and most sincere condolences, prayers and thoughts to all of you.

John was my best friend growing up and I always thought of him as the brother I never had. I am so sad that I did not hear of this until today and that I was not at least able to attend the service.

I loved John. He was an amazing man, a true friend (and those are truly so rare) and my heart is breaking.

If there is anything I might do for any of you I will be more than happy to do so, for John was a true man and would have done the same for me.

The world was a better place with a man like John in it.

My love and prayers to the Duff family.

Bill Macy

Yvonne Olson

February 27, 2013

Diana, Ben, Hanna and Caleb and the rest of John's family ~
Grief can be so hard, but the special memories that you have will help you to cope. John's spirit has not left you but has moved deeper inside your heart. Treasure your memories and let the blessings that you shared bathe you with comfort, and inspire you to go on. May those memories help you through every tomorrow. So many share with you your sorrow and your loss. My heart is hurting for your entire family and I am praying for the Lord to give you comfort. May God's hand touch each and everyone of you and give you his peace.
With my deepest heartfelt sympathy..


February 26, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss!! My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Heike - A friend of Cynthia's

Lela Henke

February 23, 2013

Dear Diana, Ben, Hanna and Caleb - My brother Karl kept me informed regarding John. It broke my heart when I first learned of his illness. I remember him as as tall, strong, and funny. Kayla remembers going to the fire station and afraid to get into the fire engine because they might get called out. She only about 3 then. But she remembers that and all of you. God bless you and all of John's loved ones. Our love to you all.

Lela, Kayla and John Dobroth

Raymond Story

February 23, 2013

Hi , Duff family , Ann and relatives . I
went to high school with John . My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May your family , friends ,and relatives find strength and comfort in the days ahead . John was a great guy and will dearly be missed .
Sincerely , Raymond Story

Gary and Dorothy Hitch

February 21, 2013

Dear Diana, Gary and I were at the lovely service today and his spirit was definitely there with us. He was a dear friend. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Love, Gary and Dorothy Hitch

February 21, 2013

Dear Diana and Family. Gary and I were at John's service today and it was so lovely and personal that his spirit was definitely there with all of us. He was a dear friend of ours.
Love to you, Gary and Dorothy Hitch

Wayne & Ann Michael

February 21, 2013

Dear Diana and the entire Family,
We hurt with you .. John definetly fought hard to stay with you. May you be Blessed with the peace that only God can give you.
Our Sincere Sympathy,
and Love,
Wayne & Ann
Praying for you!

Ray Luna

February 21, 2013

I just want to let the family know the heart-felt sorrow I have for the family at John's passing. At times like this words fall short of expressing my sympathy. Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.