James R. Doran Jr. was born and raised in Western Massachusetts. After graduating from St. Joseph's High School, he attended St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia Canada. There he played football until he graduated in 1960. He later returned to Massachusetts and played semi-pro for 8 years until the team lost funding. Even after his football career ended he stayed involved with the game. One of his sons even followed in his footsteps and played semi-pro football on Maui. Since then, James has had a successful business career opening Ceramic Tile Plus in 1977 and lived on Maui for the last 40 years, till his passing in 2017.