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Duane Oliver Richardson Duane was born in Eugene, Oregon December 4, 1930 and was raised in Coos Bay, Oregon. After a stint in the Navy, he went to Oregon State University. With his wife Marlene Perry and their children Melinda (Pulliam), Molly (Johnson), and Eric he moved to Medford, Oregon. He taught Woodshop and Drafting while he worked for his MA in Industrial Arts. With further schooling at Washington State University, and while teaching at Lincoln High School, Tacoma, he earned an EdD. Besides working as a counselor for sixteen years, he coached soccer for ten years. In the summer he was an adjunct professor at Pacific Lutheran University in the graduate program. He worked as a counselor at Wilson High School until he retired in 1993. It was a treat for him later to be able to frequent the businesses where his former students now work. Duane was an avid boater, enjoying life on the water at Horsehead Bay. He also loved to travel, and saw a good deal of the United States, especially enjoying seeing the sites of the Civil War. He and Marlene were able to see New Zealand and some of Europe before she died and he moved back to Tacoma. Duane continued his love of singing in the church choir and with the Tacoma Totemaires. He loved sports- he had played football in high school and in the Navy, and in Oregon had joined a ski rescue team. He followed teams of his alma maters as he grew older. In 2007, Duane moved to Franke Tobey Jones Retirement Estates with his partner Yvonne Zubalik. He became Chair of the residents. He and Yvonne went to cruises to Alaska, the Mediterranean, St. Lawrence River and took a river boat from the Black Sea to Amsterdam, He drove several times to Oregon where he still had relatives, went back to Halifax, where he had been had been as a young sailor. His last trip was back to Coos Bay to see old friends at his sixty-third high school reunion. After a full life, Duane died peacefully on November 19, 2012, just short of his 82nd birthday. Friends may gather Sunday, November 25, 2012 at Mason United Methodist Church, North 27th and Madison. Memorial offerings may be made to the Mason Church or Franke Tobey Jones Endowment Fund.

Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Nov. 24, 2012.
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December 29, 2020
Duane was one of the first interviewees I worked with for his "movie-memoir", a short bio-pic, if you will. I am the founder and director of Memory Community, a non-profit based in Puget Sound area. I will never forget that when I played Duane's movie-memoir at his apartment, he got teary as he watched it. I was very moved and that moment quietly encouraged me to keep making movie-memoirs for older adults to this day. Belated farewell to you, Duane.
DeYoung Zhou
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