James D. DuFrain of Nampa, Idaho, died March 24, 2017. He was 82.
He was born Sept. 19, 1934, in Garden City, Kan., to David and Grace DuFrain. He spent his youth in Delta and attended Delta High School before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in July 1953.
He served in the Air Force for 20 years working on avionics and radio equipment in various combat planes. He spent time in North Africa, Philippines, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and Clark Air Force Base. He was an advisor to the Vietnamese Air Force and was the first American soldier to receive The Military Merritt Fourragere from the Vietnamese Air Force. He was decorated twice during combat and received the American Bronze Star. His illness was recognized by the U.S. Air Force as complications from Agent Orange.
After retiring from the U.S. Air Force, he worked in the engineering department of Boeing for 21 years.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Catherine; twin sisters, Sharon DuFrain and Sherill Fritz; children, Jimmy (Cindy) DuFrain, Lynn (Derrel) Johnson, Gina, Pam (Cliff) Loftgren and Jerry; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, David (Pops) and Grace.