2010 Family Reunion: http://www.footnote.com/page/283555117_norman_flora_duncan_family_reunion/
Norman Van Duncan was born in Fremont, Wayne, Utah on 28 April 1914, to Penn Taylor Duncan and mother née Minnie Ester Taylor. His birthday was just a few months before the start of World War I, the military conflict that centered on Europe and began in the summer of 1914. Norman was descended from a line of LDS pioneer ancestors, including his great grandfather, Chapman Duncan. There is a 487-page historical book that was published about the life of Chapman in 1991, with the title, “Ancestry and Descendants of Chapman Duncan.” Norman comes from that family line.
Norman was Son of Penn Taylor Duncan, born 28 Jan 1892
Grandson of Chapman Taylor Duncan, born 26 Mar 1865
Great grandson of Chapman Duncan, born 01 Jul 1812 (Mormon Pioneer)
As a young man, Norman was deeply involved in farm life with animals. His brother Clell Duncan stated that Norman was fearless of breaking wild horses, and that Norman could “break to ride” any horse within a few weeks -- even other horses that other people had given up on as hopelessly wild and untamable.
One of Norman’s farm duties was helping in the family ranch business of raising sheep, or “sheep herding.” Norman told many stories about keeping the sheep in the southern Utah desert during the winter, and taking them to Thousand Lake Mountain for the summer range. Many of those stories were about the family sheep dog, “Chuck.” It seemed that Chuck was a mind-reading dog who could do whatever was needed to care for the sheep. Sheep-herding-dog Chuck and Norman's younger brothers were company for him during the long summer months. It was during this time of tending sheep that Norman became sick with tularemia, or “rabbit fever.”
As a teen in high school, Norman enjoyed playing basketball, and was a member of the Wayne High School team when it won its first Utah State basketball championship. He was also active in his LDS Church youth educational program (Seminary), to receive his certificate of graduation on 29 Apr 1933. (See photo)
Later, after high school graduation, Norman went on to further education, to become a member of the charter class of Carbon Junior College, now known as the College of Eastern Utah.