Howard Oborn Durrant|
1934 ~ 2014
Howard, born April 7, 1934 in Tooele, UT to Rendell Porter Sr. and Emily Jorgensen Oborn Durrant was a loving husband and grandfather. He passed away alongside his wife of 31 years in Midvale, UT on January 31, 2014. Sharell Sund Durrant and Howard were civilly married on August 6, 1982 and sealed in the LDS Jordan River Temple on February 14, 1986.
Howard was a proud member of the US Navy from 1952-1955. He served in the Korean War for two campaigns as a ship mechanic and received the following medals: Korean Service Medals (two stars), United Nations Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal.
After the war he did special training in Basic Aviation Electrical Instrument Panel and Wiring and spent the rest of the Navy servicing airplanes. After the Navy he worked at International Smelting and Refining Company. Later he went to the Tooele Army Depot as a Heavy Equipment Operator where he retired in 1993 after 35 years of service.
Howard was a member of the LDS Church. His big passion was cars. He especially loved finding old cars and fixing them. You could always find him outside in the garage, under a car or finding something around the house to tinker with. He also loved putting together bottle ships, especially pirate ships. He never smiled for pictures but he always had a smile for his wife and grandchildren. You could tell how much he loved the people around him and he always called his wife "my sweetie". His physical presence will be missed but he will never be forgotten.
Howard is survived by his siblings: Connie, Gloria, Ralph (Patricia), Rendell Jr. (Sharon), and Floyd Children: Melvin (Maureen) and Valerie (Jesse). Granddaughters: Melissa (Josh) and Amber. Howard is preceded in his death by his parents, Rendell Sr. and Emily. Siblings: Dean, Max and Lynn.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the Midvalley 1st Ward, 1050 E. Chapel Hill Drive (7404 S.) in Midvale, UT. A viewing will be Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 S. State Street, and Saturday at the church prior to services from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Share online condolences at www.jenkins-soffe.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. 500 Foothill Dr. Salt Lake City, UT 84148. 801-582-1565.
Published in Deseret News on Feb. 5, 2014