Coach Joe Duran, known as CJ, passed at home on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.
He was a beloved owner and director of Running Rebels of West San Gabriel Valley boys and girls youth basketball program and girls junior varsity basketball coach at Rosemead High School for many years. CJ also coached baseball a few years at Rosemead High School. He worked at Rosemead High School for many years.
CJ will be remembered by his friends and co-workers for teaching life skills and basketball skills in his own unique way. Many people respect him for helping students learn to do better in school. It was his proudest moment when a student did better in the classroom. He has students in the past and on the current Rosemead High teams who were ineligible or had low grades at one point in the past and became honor roll students because of his tough love and encouragement.