Neola, UT- Clifford Helm Duncan, age 80, of Neola, passed away February 20, 2014, at his home.
He was born April 10, 1933, in Ft. Duchesne, UT to Ivan and Clara Chegup Duncan. He married Lupe LaRose and they later divorced. He married Charlene Pawwinnee, and they later divorced.
Clifford served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
He was a man of great understanding of humanity, always with a thirst for knowledge. He traveled extensively and enjoyed sharing the richness of his culture with many. One of the most memorable trips was to Athens, Greece escorting the Olympic Flame back to Salt Lake City and being a major participant in the Opening Ceremonies. He met the Dali Llama in Salt Lake City and counted two Bishops among his good friends, the Rt. Rev. Carolyn Tanner Irish, 10th Bishop of Utah and the Rt. Rev. Scott B.Hayashi, 11th Bishop of Utah. He pronounced a traditional blessing at the dedication of the new Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities building at the University of Utah and at the Consecration service of the Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi. He was a faithful Episcopalian and member of St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Whiterocks. He was president of the local chapter of the Native American Church for over 40 years and was an activist in getting some of the restrictions lifted for traditional ceremonies. He attended and took part in many PowWows, Sundances and sweats.
Clifford was a bronco rider and artist in his younger days. In most recent years he was an archeological consultant for the Tribe and several independent companies.
He had a passion for preserving the Ute Culture and served on the language preservation committee and was Curator for the old Ute Museum. His knowledge of the history and language was invaluable.
He is survived by his children, Lena Duncan, Odenton, Maryland; Dawn Helm Duncan, Neola; Baldwin (Penny) Duncan, Roosevelt; Rena (Serenus) Kanip, Neola; 10 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Madeleine Martinez, Neola; Luke Duncan, Whiterocks; Aldora Duncan, Ft. Duchesne; Delia Duncan, Whiterocks; Judy Peterson, Salt Lake City; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Clifford was preceded in death by his daughter, Cliftene Duncan; brothers and sisters, Rudolph Nephi, Elvina Duncan, Clinton Duncan, Lillian Reed, Delilah Reyos, Jeanette Phelps, Nettie Harris, and Sally Duncan.
Per his request there will not be a wake and final viewing will be Sunday from 5-8 PM at Hullinger Mortuary, 457 East, 300 North, Roosevelt, UT.
The Celebration of Life and Burial Service will be Monday, February, 24, 2014 at 10A.M. at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, Whiterocks, UT. The service will be led by the Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi and the Rev. Sue Duffield, Vicar, of St. Elizabeth's. Burial will be at Red Knoll Cemetery. Condolences may be shared at www.hullingermortuary.com.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Feb. 22, 2014