In Memory

Jim Petrovich (Duggan)

Jim Petrovich (Duggan)

Jim Petrovich Duggan was born January 13, 1944.  In high school his friends knew this quiet, nice guy as Jim Petrovich, his adoptive family's name.  He worked briefly for the postal service and at one point was a lifeguard at a lake in the Southern California mountains.  Soon after high school, Jim joined the Air Force and from then on was known as Jim Duggan.  He was stationed at March Air Force Base early on in his time in the service and was stationed in Germany later.  After the service, Jim's career path took him to a job with Arrowhead Products of Los Alamitos and Precision Coil Corporation.  During his career, he worked on the Space Shuttle, worked as a NDT (Nondestructive Technician), and served in supervisory capacities in management.  He was a hard worker and well respected by those he worked with and given many honors by his coworkers. In his leisure time, Jim enjoyed traveling.  He remained a quiet, private person throughout his life.  He became ill about ten years ago and fought a battle with cancer and diabetes until he passed away July 22, 2016.  He is buried in Riverside National Cemetery.  Jim was dearly loved and is missed by his partner of 36 years, Kwok Tang (KT).  Rest in peace, Jim.

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02/20/18 06:32 PM #1    

Bonnie Benson (Concialdi)

I didn't know Jim well but remember him as a quiet and nice guy.  Sad that his life was cut short!  Prayers of comfort to his partner KT.  

02/21/18 12:01 PM #2    

Steve Gray

I, also, did not know Jim well but i remember him from school. In the process of attempting contacts for the recent Reunion we, unfortunatly , discovered that Jim had passed. My sincere condolences go out to Jim's partner K T and his other family and loved ones.  From any classmates that did know him well, the consensus opinion seems to be that he was an overall  "nice guy". Quiet and nice and a good friend.  He served his country and lived a good life which sadly ended sooner than those who loved him would have liked. R.I. P. Jim !

02/22/18 06:45 AM #3    

Judy Hanson (Dillard)

Jim was very quiet & not one to draw attention but when you approached him he would be friendly & talk with you.My sincerest condolences to K T & his family. Rest in Peace friend.

02/22/18 08:28 AM #4    

Tom Carnesi

My warmest condolances go to Jim Petrovich Duggan's family! I do remember Jim being in several classes we had together.

Tom Carnesi




02/22/18 10:07 PM #5    

Hilaire Dufresne

I actually knew Jim well as a close friend during our school years. I don't remember if we first met at Bryson Avenue but he lived around the corner from me and we spent a lot of time together until shortly after we all graduated in '62. What most of our classmates never knew was that Jim's family life was very troubled. The household that he grew up in was a foster home and there was a lot of "siblings" in and out of his life. I honestly don't remember ever really meeting his mother and I do  know that I was never aware if there was a father in his life. I was never invited inside of his home, that's just how it was.

We lost touch until maybe 15 years ago and I was pleased to learn that he had loved the Air Force and was in a long term partnered relationship that he semed very happy with. It's always sad to learn of the passing of another classmate, especially one that you're shared a close friendship with in the past. My condolences to his partner and it's a personal loss to see another name added to the list of our classmates that we leave behind.

02/23/18 11:33 AM #6    

Tom Sims

I also remember Jim and wish I would have known more about his family life when we were in school so I could have befriended him more. Hilaire said very well. My heart goes out to those who will miss him.

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