Duane Carlos Menta passed away on Monday, March 24, 2014 at home surrounded by his family. He was born October 29, 1977 in Yuma, Arizona. Duane was previously employed at The Quechan Resort as an EVS Technician. Duane enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was a huge sports fanatic, you could ask him any question about sports and he would give you the answer. He never missed a game when his favorite teams played which were San Francisco 49ers, Sacramento Kings, Michigan Wolverines, Arizona Wildcats, and SP Warriors. In middle school, Duane was Yuma City Champion in Wrestling Heavyweight Division two years in a row. In 1993, he also won the middle school State Heavyweight Championship.
Duane was preceded in death by his brother, Craig Menta Jr.; uncle, John J. Norton; grandmothers, Delphina Norton and Gladys W. Menta; grandfathers, John Townsend and Clarence Menta; nephews, Michael Esperanza and Zaylen Esperanza Braidian. Duane is survived by his parents, Vivian and Craig Menta Sr.; brother, Lance (Cynthia) Menta; sisters, Charlene Townsend (Dwayne), Angela Menta, Bridgette Menta; nephews, Ruben Esperanza, Jacob Menta, Craig Menta III, Michael Menta, Lance Menta Jr., Gilbert Menta, Gregory Amador, Angel Medel Jr.; nieces, Vanessa Esperanza, Olivia Esperanza, Alicia Menta, Delphina Menta; great niece, Lilo Ghiotto; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins.
Visitation will be held at 2:00 p.m. and Service at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Yuma Mortuary, 551 W. 16th Street, Yuma, AZ. Tribal Services will be at 5:00 pm at the Quechan Big House and Cremation will be at 5:00 a.m. Friday morning.
Pallbearers: Austin Dugan, Tony Mills, Gabriel Mills, Jarrett Kelly, Fred Kelly, Barry Comet, Anthony Shepard, Claudio Palone, Tony Bedoy, Moises Navarro, Thai Townsend, Gorman Brenner, Raymond Zuniga, Cliffton Fierro, Nick Jose, Ivan Allen, Peter Escalanti, Randy Moody.
Honorary Pallbearers: Merrill Menta, Gary Menta, Randy Menta, Derrick Rainbow, David Rainbow, Chester Rainbow, Daryl Hills, Max Levy, Wallace Dugan, Walter Hall, Mike Sestiaga, Alfred Tatro, Merrill Kelly, John Shepard, Ty Tecumsen, Merardo Cebreros, Steven Vicenti, John Villicana, Juan Villicana, Troy Townsend, Jordan Joaquin, John Joaquin, Tom Joaquin, Travis Townsend, Steven Ramirez.
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