Durand C. Young
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Durand C. Young, 86, of Bella Vista, Arkansas passed away on Friday, June 28, 2013 at the Circle of Life-Legacy Village, Bentonville, AR. He was born December 20, 1926 in Ft Pierre, SD to Lloyd and Thelma Young.
After graduation from Ft. Pierre High School in 1944 he entered the US Navy V12 program at Carroll College in Helena, MT for Navy training and college studies. When WW II ended he transferred to the University of Washington and there finished his second year of college, remained full time Navy and in 1946 joined the reserves. Durand graduated from Augustana College in 1948 with degrees in English and Music. His working career began as sports editor for the Daily Plainsman in Huron SD. He became Executive Director of the Greater Sioux Falls Safety Council. He remained in the Navy Reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. Soon after, the South Dakota Auto Club, AAA of South Dakota, beckoned where he became VP of Public Relations, editor of Home & Away magazine and manager of the travel department. His life interests were history, music, writing, the Navy and tennis. Durand was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 2000. Upon retiring in 1992, Durand and Ann moved to Bella Vista where he continued writing and singing in the church choir.
He is survived by his wife Ann, sister Leila Pfeiffer of Rapid City, SD; 2 daughters from a previous marriage, Deborah(Marv) Lovro and Karen Lovro , grandsons Eric(Jennifer) Lovro and Brett(Nicole) Lovro, all of Sioux Falls, SD and his great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday July 15, 2013 at the Bella Vista Community Church 75 East Lancashire Blvd, Bella Vista Arkansas.
The family requests memorials to be directed to the South Dakota Hall of Fame in Chamberlain, SD.
Published in The Argus Leader on July 3, 2013