Robert Cortez Duran Robert Cortez Duran, 71, better known as Bobby, passed away peacefully in his home with family and friends at his side on March 5, 2013. Bobby was born on March 14, 1941 in Visalia, CA. to Louis and Henrietta Duran. He attended Visalia High School. Bobby was inducted into the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962, stationed at Fort Ord in Monterey Bay, CA. He is survived by his bride of over 50 years, Hortencia, their daughters, Rebecca (David) Scott, and Victoria Duran, and sons, Robert (Rachel) Duran, and Ruben Duran, grandchildren: Deseree, Tyler, Frankie, Isaiah, Vanessa, Cole, Lily, Aubrey, Andrea, and Cruz. Bobby worked in construction all of his adult life. He was a member of the Operating Engineers local 3 and the Laborers Union local 294. He retired in 2004 after working in the prisons instructing inmates in the skill of construction, in which he enjoyed very much. Bobby never met a stranger and always had a joke to tell. He always opened his heart and home to family and friends. Cooking was his passion. It brought joy to him to see everyone enjoy and compliment food that he had prepared. He made the best tamales and Pozole. Every Thanksgiving he would deep pit 20 or more turkeys for family and friends and made it seem so simple. His hobbies included, catering with his group of friends "Los Cocineros", harvesting cherry and walnut trees, planting and gardening, cracking walnuts to give away to friends, raising animals and following his favorite mariachi group to listen to music. Bobby loved his grandchildren more than words can say. Everyone always smiled when they heard his grandchildren call him "Bobby" never grandpa, and to his eldest granddaughter, he was known as "my Viejo", he often bragged a little about this, sounding so proud. He had a special bond with his grandchildren and there was nothing that he would not do for them. Bobby will always be remembered as a kind and generous man with the best sense of humor. He has left many memories for us. He will be greatly missed and his legacy will live in our hearts forever. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 11, 2013 from 4pm until 6pm at Miller Memorial Chapel. A Rosary will be prayed on March 11, 2013 at 6:00pm at Miller Memorial Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Holy Family Catholic Church of Visalia at 10:00am. Arrangements by Miller Memorial Chapel.
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Mar. 8, 2013