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Carl C. Durrance, 83, 'dignified' retired judge

By TAMARA LUSH, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 29, 2002

TAMPA -- Carl C. Durrance, a lawyer and judge whose legal career spanned five decades, died Friday (April 26, 2002) at Tampa General Hospital after a short illness. He was 83.

He was a lifelong Florida resident, born in the Fort Meade area to a family of cattle and citrus farmers.

After a two-year stint with the Florida Highway Patrol, Judge Durrance attended the University of Florida Law School. He graduated in 1948 and went into private practice for 13 years.

In 1961, Judge Durrance was appointed a criminal court judge. Ten years later, he was appointed to the Circuit Court.

"He loved to work," said his wife of 51 years, Jeannette. "They loved him at the courthouse. He was so dignified and so kind."

Judge Durrance retired from the bench in 1985. But he couldn't stay away from the courtroom for long: After nine months of hunting and fishing, he decided to serve as a senior judge filling in for various judges around the state.

He worked as recently as March 21, when he filled in for a judge in Tampa. Five days later, his wife said, Judge Durrance had a heart attack and was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he stayed for a month, until he died.

In addition to his wife, Judge Durrance is survived by a daughter, a son-in-law and a grandson. He also leaves several nieces and nephews, including Circuit Court Judge J. Dale Durrance of Bartow.

A viewing will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Blount, Curry, and Roel Funeral Home at 605 S MacDill Ave.

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