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Myron "Duke" Overton

Myron "Duke" Overton 12/05/1917-11/06/2013 Resident of Santa Cruz "Papa Duke" passed away Wednesday, November 6. His wife Lois was at his side, since they first met 7 years ago. Born and raised in Baltimore, Duke came to California in 1937, having joined the U.S. Navy during the depression; he was assigned to the destroyer USS PORTER, first in San Diego and then Pearl Harbor. He missed the attack of December 7th, having been sent to technical school in Connecticut; he returned to the Pacific, however, serving on a minesweeper in the Aleutian Islands, and a seaplane tender in the Philippines campaign. The end of the war brought Duke to San Francisco, where he met a young lady whos family was involved in the construction business in Santa Rosa. He went to work for the family business, and thus began his 50-year career as a contractor and homebuilder, which took him up and down the state, and Alaska. While managing the construction of a subdivision in Santa Cruz, he decided to settle here in the early 60's. He loved fishing in Monterey Bay, and was well known around the Santa Cruz Harbor. As a general contractor, Duke built numerous houses in Santa Cruz County, many of which he designed himself. Known as a perfectionist, he was happy to say that he never had an unhappy client. Respected in the business community, Duke was involved in the Elks, Lodge No. 824 for almost 40 years, having been named Elk of the year for his work both at the lodge and at numerous community events. In 1968, Duke met Vickie, his wife and dance partner for almost 30 years. He retired, they toured the U.S. by RV. They also traveled to Europe and Mexico. Sadly, Vickie's health failed her, and by 1999 she was gone. In time, Duke began socializing by dancing. Most who met him would guess that he was much younger. Duke was fortunate to meet another dancer named Lois. In 2006 they tied the knot. They danced, traveled, and lived life to the fullest. Duke was a friend to all. He leaves his wife Lois of Santa Cruz; his step-son Bob Chedsey of Benicia, CA; granddaughter Deanna Chedsey of San Francisco; step-son Ron Gidge (Darlene) of Yakima, WA (sons Randy & Ryan); grandsons Robert Morse and Brent Morse of Oak Grove, MO, and granddaughter Tani Morse. Memorial Services to be held at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 17, at the Santa Cruz Elks Lodge, 150 Jewell St., Santa Cruz. In lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the , or a .

Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Nov. 14, 2013
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