The Legacy Lives On...
Born in Phoenix on August 13, 1930, Mr. James Duke is known for his incredible work ethic, innovative thinking and great intelligence. Mr. Duke received an Associates Degree in Arts and played basketball at Phoenix College. College associates would talk about how when they walked into Mr. Duke's dorm room they would find him always working on gadgets and new technology - taking technology apart to find out how it worked. He would spend hours creating new technology that was not available in the market place.
"He always had a camera with him. Wherever James Duke was at, he was always taking photographs for the newspaper. Everyone knew who he was."A good friend of Mr. Duke recalls that James built a radio frequency controller hooked up to a camera that when activated would take a photographs at the push of a button. Instead of Mr. Duke running up and down a basketball court to take photographs - he would stay at one end of the court taking photographs and when the game was at the opposite end of the court he would just hit a button and his new innovative camera would snap away.
Mr. Duke also gave 2-years of his life at Luke Air Force Base during the Korean War.In 1950, Mr. Duke founded Arizona's largest family owned and operated photography studio - Duke Photography. Mr. Duke started his career photographing weddings and families. Now, Duke Photography is the official photographer for schools across Arizona and California and is known for creating beautiful family art that can't be found anywhere else in the Valley. Arizona residents agree, the best photographers work at the best photography studio in Arizona - Duke Photography.
Legacy.com Obituary - James Duke was married to Mary Arlene Payne for 32 years. Later in life, he was married to Wanda Norton who passed away in 2013. Jim was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jim loved photography and was a Master Photographer. He started Duke Photography in 1950 in Phoenix at the corner of 7th Ave. & Thomas. He felt honored to help capture tens of thousands of memories for the families in our community. Jim had a green thumb. Throughout his life, he exhibited a passion for all things related to horticulture. He had a farm in Cedar Hill, New Mexico that he absolutely loved to work on. He was a gentleman farmer. Jim is preceded in death by his son James Douglas Duke. He leaves behind his children, Darrell, Dwayne, Steven & Dorothy Duke Curtis, and Wanda's children, Debbie Goodman, Vicki Hulet, Denise Cummings, 30 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren. (Read the full orbituary)