John "DUFFY" Weld
1/8/1962 - 2/18/2013
JOHN DUFFY WELD has passed on to the great fishin' holes in the Heavens. Duffy was born on Jan. 8th 1962 or as his mother would say, "the same day as Elvis" in Peoria, Illinois to H. S. (Skip) Weld and M. Kay Rourke (Weld at the time). Shortly thereafter the family moved to Denver and in 1965 the family moved to Boise where he spent the rest of his time. Duffy attended Monroe and Whitney Elementary Schools, South Jr. High and Borah High. He was a gifted athlete and may still hold a record in the long jump at Whitney. Duffy swam for the YMCA from 1967 to 1971 developing his own techniques in practice. He perfected the walking on the bottom of the shallow end while seemingly stroking on the surface routine. This resulted in an equally innovative coaching technique called the "hitting on the head with a kick board" inspirational application. We all new then he was going to be special. In 5th grade Duffy's parents were called in to visit with his teacher and of course they assumed he was in trouble (like any good 5th grade boy should be), but it was far from that reason. His teacher wanted to inform them that he had scored on the genius level on those tests they used to give us and recommended that he be put in some advanced learning classes. After his parents got up off the floor they said they would have to think about that? It was a short discussion with Duffy, as Duff quickly replied NO; he would rather focus on recess. Duffy had the throwing arm strength beyond his friend's imagination, so baseball was next. His grandfather Duffy was actually given a request to play/contract letter to the NY Yankee's, so it didn't surprise his mom and dad he had that talent. That arm stuck with him forever. His friends would say after it snowed, "don't walk by the Weld house, those brothers will nail you with snowballs and they don't miss"! Then came football and he had amazing strength and speed. His coaches would say, "If that kid would get more serious he has a serious future", but Duffy had playfulness on the brain. This was before we had ADD! What Duffy had was a desire to make people smile, but not so much with his God given athletic talents, but with his wit. The young man was hard to discipline and could always make coaches or parents or teachers lessen almost into a comedic discussion. For example: One morning when he was 7 or 8 years old his mom served breakfast and Duffy didn't want to eat what was left on his plate. His Mom and Step Dad (Richard Rourke) were standing around the table and his Mom said, "Duffy, you should finish you meal because there are starving children in India and they would be grateful to have that"! In a split second Duffy replies, "send it to them"! His Mom and step Dad looked at each other and trying to hold it back laughed like they couldn't believe! This was Duffy. Those who know Duff will remember his original click phrases, facial contortions (monkey face in particular) and mannerisms that only Duffy could do. He never felt a need to be real serious about anything although he had the capacity. He was a reader and loved science and history. Duffy was at peace camping and fishing. He could carry a conversation with anyone and in most cases make them laugh no matter what the subject. This was Duffy. Duffy really let most tough situations roll off his shoulder, but if the need arose he could find a solution in a split second. Duffy lived his life on his terms, exactly how he felt like it and never let the need for a real plan get in his way. Duffy was spontaneous, shoot from the hip, get by, by the skin of his teeth kind of guy and he liked it that way. Duffy was one hell of a worker and was one of the best "flat work" or concrete guys around….when he showed up! This was just Duffy. Duffy has a wonderful son David who was the pride of his life. Duffy had some help with that from an awesome lady Adriene Monetti. A conventional father he wasn't, but he truly loved his son. David has all the beautiful aspects of Duffy and has grown in to a fantastic young man. Duffy was so very proud of that. He worked on a fishing boat in Alaska until a block of frozen fish hit his knee resulting in surgery, so "that was fun" he said. Duffy loved you if he knew you, even if it was for a short time. His memory was amazing, so you are all still with him. Duffy is unforgettable.
Duffy is preceded in death by his parents Henry Sterling (Skip) Weld Jr., and Marjorie Kay Rourke. He is survived by his son David Weld married to Aly Weld and a beautiful new grandson Chase, his brother Eric Weld and wife Chris and his sister Kerry Rourke and Step Farther Richard L. Rourke all of Boise. Duffy loved his nieces Ali and her son or grand nephew Ryder and Rylee Weld. Duffy was known to his nieces as Uncle Stinky!
And finally as only Duffy would put it, "And there ya have ya, ya bunch a dummies"!