2013-01-17 / Obituaries

James Duane Law

James Duane Law was born on Jan. 18, 1928, at Mercy Hospital in Merced and died Jan. 12, at John C. Fremont Hospital in Mariposa. Duane lived at Incline during the operation of the Yosemite Valley Railroad and Lumber Company, and with the exception of his Navy military time and a brief stay in Descanso, was a resident of Incline all of his life. He attended El Portal Elementary School and Mariposa County High School.

He married the former Dayle Jones of Mariposa in 1952. Duane was employed by the Standard Oil Company of El Portal during his young adult days, and then worked for the National Park Service in Yosemite for over 30 years, primarily in the road department and was known as "Jimmy" by many of his coworkers in the valley, retiring in 1980. He served a stint as a bus driver for the Mariposa Unified School District, and worked in several endeavors with various friends and relatives after retirement. During the 1960s he was a passionate antique bottle collector, and along with his family and close friend, Larry Moser, spent many happy times in the ghost towns of Nevada and California, and in the local Mariposa area, collecting prized antique bottles and artifacts. Duane's life-long passion was his dogs. Spike E. and Roses Graces, his two chihuahuas, were his constant companions, and the cat whose life he saved as a kitten, Weezel, was very attached to him.

Duane was preceded in death by his father, James Law; mother, Mary Edna Law; sister, Patricia Law; and his daughter-in-law, Sharron Thompson Law.

Duane is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dayle; his children, Matthew, Mark and Shelley Law; their spouses and companions, four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, a first cousin, Beverly Jirsa Carr, of Merced; and several second cousins, including Skip Harris of Jackson.

The family would like to thank the staff of John C. Fremont for their excellent care, concern and communication while he was a patient there. Duane requested that no services be held.

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