R. Cline Durfey
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Richard Cline Durfey, 87, passed away June 25, 2013. He was born at his parent's home on August 24, 1925 in Bicknell, Utah. Cline was the son of George and Theresa Durfey. He was the youngest of eleven children. Growing up during the depression on a ranch called Notom, near Capital Reef, he learned frugality and hard work from his parents.
During World War II Cline served in the U.S. Navy. He and his friends were drafted during their senior year of high school. After the war ended he returned to high school to finish his high school degree.
He served in the Texas Louisiana Mission. After his mission he met the love of his life, Norma Ricks at the Brigham Young University Health Center where she worked as a nurse. They were married on June 6, 1951 in the Salt Lake Temple. They had two children, Carol and Ruth. He loved being a husband and father.
Cline graduated with a degree in accounting from the LDS Business College, and went on to attend San Jose State College where he earned a bachelor's and masters degree in Business. He worked for two years as a high school teacher at El Segundo High School in Saugus, California before continuing his education at BYU. There he earned a Doctorate in the Administration of Colleges and Universities.
After receiving his Doctor's Degree he went on to work at Fullerton Junior College for a year and then applied and was accepted as the Dean of Business Education at El Camino College in Torrance, California. A position he very much enjoyed. During his tenure, the College of Business grew from 17 teachers to 117. He also introduced a completely new field of study - COMPUTERS! The first computers had to be kept in a completely sterile environment - totally dust free. It was housed in a room nearly the size of a basketball court and had probably less memory then a smart phone.
Upon retiring at the age of fifty-six, he and his wife Norma spent many happy years traveling. They visited all fifty states and many countries around the world, including Israel which they visited eight times. They felt grateful to be present when the Berlin Wall in Germany was torn down and were happy to be a part of that joyous celebration.
Together he and his wife, Norma served four missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a genealogical mission in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, two temple missions for the St. George Temple, and as the East Stake Employment Specialists in St. George.
Cline enjoyed music, drawing blueprints for buildings and building. He had just recently finished building a small house near the St. George Temple. He also had a good sense of humor. Imprinted on his tombstone is his epitaph, "We Have Gone to Another Meeting."
He is survived by his daughter, Carol and son-in-law Stanford Bracken; 8 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; along with many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by Norma, his beloved wife and sweetheart, his daughter Ruth, his parents and brothers and sisters.
Cline was a wonderful, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle and a great example to his family. He was much loved and will be dearly missed.Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the St. George East Stake Center located at 449 South 300 East, across from the St. George Temple. Visitations will be held Tuesday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary and on Wednesday at the East Stake Center, prior to services from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Internment will take place at the St. George City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary.
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from June 30 to July 2, 2013