Rey Duran
1944 - 2020
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Rey Duran

La Luz - Reynaldo B. Duran (Rey), age 76, passed away Friday, June 5, 2020 at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces, NM. with his two daughters and younger sister Grace by his side.

Rey was born April 15, 1944 to Frank M. and Lucia B. Duran in La Luz, NM. Rey was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War, honorably serving for the US Army. He enjoyed taking care of his animals and tending to his land. Family and friends could always find him outside pruning his fruit trees or riding his tractor. Rey served on the La Luz Domestic Water Board from 2009 to present (11 years) - 4 of those years he served as President and was in his second year as Vice President. He also served as President as well as other positions for the La Luz Ditch Water Association, for many years.

He is survived by his daughters Sonya Rue (Toby) and Michelle Mathias (Chris), 5 beautiful grandchildren, Vanessa, Brandon, Gabriella, Marissa and Christopher. He is also survived by his siblings Dora Ortega (Raymond), Robert Duran (Ora), Rudy Duran, Grace Duran-Vigil (Udell), Ernest Duran and brother-in-law, John Herrera. As well as numerous nieces and nephews who he dearly loved. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Frank Duran and his dear sister Stella Herrera.

Due to COVID-19 we are only having a brief graveside service at the La Luz Cemetery on June 27, 2020 at 9 am. The family asks that masks be worn at the service, for the safety of everyone. We will be planning a memorial service to celebrate the lives of Rey and Stella, together, once the restrictions have been lifted.

Flowers can be delivered to Getz Funeral Home on June 26, 2020 after 12:00pm.

Arrangements by Getz Funeral Home, 1410 E. Bowman Ave. Las Cruces, NM 88001. Please visit to sign the local online guest book.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jun. 10 to Jun. 24, 2020.
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Kelly Cowham
June 15, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family.
Hazel R Nevarez
June 15, 2020
To the family of Rey and his sister Stella we offer our deepest condolence. Mike and Leticia Silva
Mike Silva
June 14, 2020
Condolences to the family of Ray Duran. ray n I spent a lot of time together as Bd Member in LA LUZ DWCA. Our objective was to replace all water lines etc for La Luz . With his help and other Bd Member n Staff the job was completed . Ray was dedicated to doinging the best for water system for the community. he was always helping family n friends.Will miss the conversation we had after stopping our tractor mowers go to the fence line to discuss what ever ...
Edward Silva Jr
June 11, 2020
To The Duran Family:

Our deepest condolences on Reys passing. Our prayers are with you. I was fortunate to have shared some of my youth with Rey. I still have memories of those precious days. The images and thoughts of heaven have always been exhilarating and astounding. We cannot grasp even a small part of what it must be like. Rey has now been invited to live eternally with our Lord there. The hope that anchors our soul in this life is bound securely to Gods promise of Heaven hereafter. Rey was ready when Jesus came to take him home. Enjoy your new life, Mi Amigo. Vaya Con Dios.
Jimmy And Celia Contreras
June 11, 2020
Dear Family. May Rey rest in peace. Remember growing up with him in La Luz and our school years together. God will help you in this sadness and your memories of him will sustain you. We pray for you!

Mickey and Helen (Garcia) Melendez
Helen F Melendez
June 10, 2020
Uncle Ray always treated me like family. Always, memories of barbeque's and sharing a beer. He loved my red Toyota truck, and we used to talk about it. I always remember his kindness, smile, and great sense of humor. He was always so open to talk to and I always looked for ward to seeing him at the Herrera house. My condolences to everyone. I send all my love to my lovely Herrera family. This is such sad news. My heart to your heart. ooxoxoxoxoxo
Carole Pellatt
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