Duane Julien, 62, of Anthem, Ariz., and Bozeman died of a lengthy illness on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.
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Duane was born in Duluth, Minn., on March 6, 1947. In 1948, his family relocated to California, where he developed his enthusiasm for the outdoors and a deep appreciation for nature. As a great dad to his children and a favorite teacher to hundreds of students, he exuded a lifelong playful spirit and a humorously irreverent outlook on life, always quick with a joke balanced by a joyful, giving and loving heart.
A 1965 graduate of Anderson Union High School in Anderson, Calif., Duane subsequently received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in social studies and anthropology from California State University at Chico.
In 1984, Duane relocated to Glasgow, where he was able to pursue the myriad outdoor activities he cherished. While teaching high school mathematics, science, and social studies in nearby Frazer on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, he also worked as a summer seasonal archaeologist for the United States Bureau of Land Management and as a contracted archaeologist for the Army Corps of Engineers. In 2001, Duane relocated to Anthem and taught at various private charter high schools in Phoenix.
While in Bozeman, he assisted in the development of the Dinosaur Playground at Gallatin County Regional Park in Bozeman.
Duane is survived by his wife of eight years, Mary Skordinsky; his parents, Donald and Joan (Thoreson) Julien, Las Vegas; siblings Robert and Claudia Julien, Redding, Calif.; two daughters, April Julien Todd, Belgrade, and Erin Julien Sharkey, Cincinnati, Ohio; two grandsons, Jack and Henry Sharkey; sons-in-law Bill Todd and Chris Sharkey; and his former wife of 30 years, Carol (Holmes) Julien, Bozeman.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m.Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Unity Church of Bozeman, with the Rev. Philip A. Zemke officiating, followed by an informal repast in the church social hall.
Condolences and memorial contributions may be sent to Mary Skordinsky, P.O. Box 74023, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1000.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 20, 2009