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Raymond E. Duran

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Retired firefighter
Raymond E. Duran, 78, passed away Monday, April 21, 2008, at his home in Tularosa. He was born Aug. 13, 1929, in Tularosa to Eusebio T. and Felipa (Ramos) Duran.
Ramon was a retired firefighter at Holloman Air Force Base with the civil service. He also volunteered his time to the Tularosa Fire Department. He loved ranch work and after retirement, he worked helping Tom Ryan at the Hightower and Champion farms. He was a member of St. Frances de Paula Catholic Church, Caballero de Santa Cruz and also Mayordonos Santo Nino Atocha in Three Rivers.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Concepcion "Nena" Duran, of the family home; sons Frank Duran, and Bennie Wooten and wife Sylvia; daughters Josie Chavez and husband Matias, Gloria Sainz and husband Robert, Mary Guilez, and Gina Kowatch and husband Louie; 17 grandchildren, Lawrence Chavez and wife Kim, Steve Chavez and wife Liz, Frances Vigil and husband Jim John, Cindy Provencio and husband Perfecto, Robert "Chonies" Sainz, Ray Sainz, Frankie Duran, Leighann Duran and companion Sean O'Neal, Alex Duran and companion Anna Vigil, Annette Guilez, Georgette Forbes and husband Tommy, Trisha Coney and husband Archie, Nash Kowatch and companion Erica Walters, Max Duran Jr., Shana Duran, and Faith Duran and companion Josh Cox; 32 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brothers Robert Duran and wife Eufrasia, Joe Duran and wife Josephine, Ernest Duran and wife Debbie, and Billy Duran and wife Carolina; sisters Consuelo Carrillo, of Tularosa, Lupe Torres, of Albuquerque, and Susie Duran, of Las Cruces.
He was preceded in death by parents Eusebio and Felipa Duran; son Max Duran; grandson Matthew Chavez; daughter-in-law Cindy Duran; brother Manuel Duran and sister Jenny Garcia.
A rosary will be recited by Josie and Matias Chavez at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2008, at St. Frances de Paula Catholic Church.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2008, at St. Frances de Paula Catholic Church with Father John Peterson, O.F.M., celebrant.
Interment will follow at the Three Rivers Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Lawrence Chavez, Steve Chavez, Alex Duran, Ray Sainz, Frankie Duran, Nash Kowatch, Chonies Sainz, Junior Duran and Matias Chavez.
Honorary pallbearers are the Fire Department-West Area, Frutoso Marrujo, Jim Baker, Bud Hightower, Arturo Arenas, Ben Misquez, Norval Bookout, Ralph Vigil, Fred Utter, Albert Telles, Lucas Carrillo, Paz Bentacur and Louie Montoya
Family will greet friends from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Alamogordo Funeral Home Chapel.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 23 to May 8, 2008
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