|Birth: ||Nov. 2, 1926|
|Death: ||Jul. 18, 2012|
Newspaper Obituary, from the San Jose Mercury News,
Sunday, August 5, 2012;
"Richard Leroy Duran
Resident of Rancho Mirage
Nov. 2, 1926 – July 18, 2012
Richard "Dick" Duran passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, July 18, 2012. He was born at home in Gonzales, CA, on November 2, 1926 to parents, Ignacio "Nash" and Eva (Biscarro) Duran. He was an only child. During WWII he served in the U.S. Navy (1944-46).
Over the course of his career, he was employed by Firestone Tires, in Salinas as service manager and in Sunnyvale as the retread shop manager. He later went into business with partner Hank Vitkovich. Together they co-owned Tires Unlimited on the El Camino Real in Santa Clara where "Dick" was manager.
Richard married three times during the course of his life: Clara Piatti, with whom he had six children. During this marriage they moved from Salinas to Santa Clara for a job promotion; Modene "Kitty" Moore, with whom he adopted her daughter, Sheila. During this period of life they moved to a larger home in Santa Clara and then later to one in San Jose. Then in retirement, they moved to Rancho Tehama, Sacramento & ended up in Lavaca, Arkansas; He was estranged from his last wife and in the process of a divorce when he passed away. During this final marriage he moved from Arkansas to Nebraska to the Palm Springs area of California.
Richard had a great sense of humor and loved a good laugh or to tease his family and many cousins in a good-hearted way. He had a great sense of style and was always well dressed even at the end of his life in his new blue jeans and flashy new jewelry. He loved to spoil his wives with multiple gifts of jewelry and even indulged for himself in watches, gold jewelry and diamond rings. His extensive watch collection was divided among many family members. He loved dancing and travels among his interests. He even studied tap dancing in his early retirement years. He also loved to play games such as the card game 99, but Mexican train domino was his favorite.
Richard is survived by his seven children: Monte Duran (Margaret) of Campbell; Martha Duran (Raul) of San Jose; Michael Duran (Phil) of Palm Springs; Marvin Duran (Socorro) of Union City; Matthew Duran (Kirk) of Santa Rosa; Millie Green (Gil) of Colorado Springs, CO; Sheila Clemens (Bill) of Blaine, WA; his nine grandchildren: Melissa Duran-Johnson (Mark "Bones"); Marcus Duran (Kristen); Gil Green II (Kristy); Crystal Green (Patrick); Brandie Colby (Jason); Billy Clemens (Dianna), Jodie Clemens, Dave Clemens (Jennifer); Eddy Clemens (Anna); and 36 great-grandchildren. Additionally, survived by his best friend and honorary brother: David Woodruff (Pam) of Lavaca, Arkansas.
The family would in particular like to thank Richard's caregivers at Morning Star eldercare residential home in Rancho Mirage: Dennis, Rita, and Mark. Dennis was the favorite and also the cook.
Richard would hold court at the kitchen table telling stories about his family of which he was so proud. Staff loved to look through his family history books that had been among his personal treasures.
The family is also very grateful to Michael Duran and Phil Souza for being there for Dad every single day during the last six months. Bless you both.
Per Richard's final wishes he was cremated and will be buried at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas alongside his second wife, Modene "Kitty" (Moore) Duran. A graveside service will be held in October.
Our dad, Richard Duran, - a life well lived. Thank you for providing for us even in death. Thank you for the sacrifices you made and most of all thank you for loving each and every one of us the same. We all love you too! You will be missed here on earth but know that you will always be in our hearts. We all felt your presence when we gathered in Rancho Mirage to say goodbye and celebrate your life. It is comforting to think of you in heaven with your beloved Kitty.
A private family memorial service has been held in Rancho Mirage. A San Jose memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 12 at 2 p.m. Telephone for more details (408) 379-9566.
In lieu of floral tributes the family suggests donations to the American Diabetes Association or the charity of your choice."
Newspaper obituary from the Times Record (Ft. Smith, Arkansas), Sunday, September 30, 2012:
"Rancho Mirage, Calif.- Richard "Dick" Duran, 85, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., formerly of Lavaca, died Wednesday, July 18, 2012. He was born Nov. 2, 1926 in Gonzales, Calif. He was a navy veteran of World War II, worked for Firestone Tire Co., was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church and the widower of Modene Duran.
Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Woodlawn Memorial park in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker-Putnam Funeral Home in Fort Smith.
He is survived by three daughters, Sheila Clemens of Blaine, Wash., Martha Duran of San Jose, Calif., and Mildred Green of Colorado Springs, Colo.; four sons, Monte Duran of Campbell, Calif., Michael Duran of Palm Springs, Calif., Marvin Duran of Union City, Calif., and Matthew Duran of Santa Rosa, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to either the American Diabetes Association, P.O.Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720 or to the charity of the donor's choice."
Ignacio "Nash" Duran (1902 - 1995)
Eva Tomasa Biscarro Duran (1905 - 1995)
Clara Frederica Piatti Duran (1927 - 2000)
Modene Moore Duran (1924 - 1999)
Woodlawn Memorial Park
Plot: Masonic Block D, Lot 2c, Space 1
Created by: Monte Duran
Record added: Jul 28, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94353011
Michelle ~ღ ƸӜƷ
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Added: Oct. 20, 2013
Dad:It has been one year today since you passed. We miss you so much and think of you often. Our family is growing and we wish you were here to share in our joy.Much love, Monte and family|
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