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Leo B. Duran World's Greatest Grandpa! Our beloved, Leo B. Duran, and Olympic Bronze Medalist (in his youth), "Mayor of Madison Park" (in his prime), and foster grandparent (in his latter days), was the strongest, bravest, and most hard-working person we have ever known. He loved time outdoors gardening with his "Hun", Mela.Born on January 12, 1933 in Monte Vista, Colorado to Larry and Margarita Duran, Leo left us suddenly and so heart-broken on May 26, 2011 at the age of 78. Although he is no longer with us physically, his spirit will never die. Cheerful and hopeful until the end, Leo kept his witty and fun-loving personality forefront. As he always said, we say to you, "We love you the most-est!" You are irreplaceable! Survived by his sweetheart, Manuelita "Mela" Martinez; brother, Frankie Duran; children, Leo, Rudy, Derry, Patrick, Laverne and Anthony, Cindy, Angela, Launa; grandchildren, Leo "Pee Wee", Nichole, Madelyn, Candice, Casandra, Joey, Lisa Marie, Andrew, Cherelle, Camille, Joseph, Phylicia, Briana, Gabrielle, Amanda and his puppies, Chico, Chica, and Max. Preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Walter, Eddie and Ilene; the mother of his children, Rosalie; granddaughter, Amber, and his puppy, Mico. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, June 1st, 1:00 p.m. at Redwood Memorial Mortuary, 6500 S. Redwood Rd. A viewing will be held Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. at the mortuary prior to services. Online condolences at www.memorialutah.com A special thanks to Steve Apodaca, Leo's lifelong mentor!

Published in Salt Lake Tribune on May 29, 2011
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