Frank Banegas Duran, Jr, age 79, lifelong resident of Las Cruces entered eternal life Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at La Posada-Mesilla Valley Hospice surrounded by his loving family. He was born December 22, 1934 to Francisco V. and Catarina Banegas Duran. Frank served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War. After being discharged from the military, Frank was employed as a Contract Data Specialist at White Sands Missile Range Calibration Lab. Frank and his wife Esther were the co-owners of La Ristra Restaurant for over ten years, and were in the process of opening the La Ristra Express. He was the president of the East Las Cruces Neighborhood Association; the Las Cruces Youth Softball Association and a communicant at St. Genevieve's Catholic Church.
Those left to mourn his passing include his loving wife of fifty-five years, Esther Sierra Duran of the family home; a son, Frank S. Duran III and companion Linda Sedillos; three daughters, Cindy Valenzuela and husband Tommy, Jo Anne Valenzuela and husband Joe, and Patricia Gonzalez and husband Ray; a brother, Manuel Duran and wife Eloise; three sisters, Monica Valles and husband Henry, Lorenza Zimmerman and Estella Rivera all of Las Cruces. Other survivors include eleven grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Dora Sanchez and Rosalia Lopez.
Visitation for Mr. Duran will begin at 6 PM Tuesday, August 12, 2014 in Baca's Chapel of Prayer, 300 E. Boutz Road where the Prayer Vigil is scheduled for 7 PM. Family and Friends will join together to celebrate the Holy Mass of Resurrection at 11 AM Wednesday, August 13, 2014 in St. Genevieve's Catholic Church, 100 S. Espina Street. The Rite of Committal and Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 5140 W. Picacho Avenue where he will be laid to rest. Military Honors will be accorded by the New Mexico Army National Guard Honor Guard and the Marine Corps League - El Perro Diablo Detachment.
Serving as casket bearers will be Tommy, Joe, Thomas James and Michael Valenzuela, Raymond Gonzalez Jr, and Jose Nevarez. Honorary bearers will be Tony and Jerry Hernandez, Louie Meraz, Joey and Ray Gonzalez, Ray Alderette, John Duran, Ivan Gayton, Desiree Valenzuela, Amanda Villegas, Denise Benavidez and Alora Duran.
The Duran Family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces. 527-2222 Your exclusive providers for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care". For online condolences logon to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com
Baca's Funeral Chapels
300 East Boutz Las Cruces, NM 88004
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Aug. 10, 2014