Stephen R. Durand
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A memorial gathering for sharing memories of Stephen R. Durand will be planned for his birthday in October.  Arrangements will be announced at a later time.
Stephen Roland Durand was born October 10, 1952, in Washington, DC, to Clara and Roland E. Durand, and died at his home in Portales, NM, on July 28, 2009, of Malignant Melanoma.  Stephen's father was in the military, and consequently, his family moved several times.  On two different occasions, they were stationed in England where he attended Kindergarten and later junior high.  He was a 1970 graduate of Logansport High School in Logansport, IN. 
Stephen did his undergraduate work at Purdue University where he had planned to study Engineering.  However, he took a class in Anthropology, and a lifetime love of archaeology was born.  After earning his Bachelor's Degree, he moved to Portales, NM, where he earned a Master's Degree in Anthropology from Eastern New Mexico University.  While doing his graduate work, he worked on the Salmon Ruins site near Farmington and at the Rio Puerco Valley Archaeological Project northwest of Albuquerque.  His doctoral studies were completed in 1992 through the University of Washington.
From 1983 until 1991, he was employed at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, NV.  In 1990, he was sent to the Island of Cyprus to work on a dig site, and it was there that he met his future wife, Kathy Roler.  They were married on February 14, 1992, in Tempe, AZ.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Portales.
Stephen came to Eastern as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 1991, and was a full professor at the time of his death.  He was very active in the Faculty Senate, where he had served two terms as President.  He was also the Graduate Coordinator for the Anthropology Department.  Stephen loved teaching, and helping students come to share his passion for Archaeology.  Another love was motorcycles.  Stephen had ridden most of his life.  One of the highlights of his summer was an annual ten day ride he made with his friend Larry Baker.  He and his wife, Kathy made a ride together on their cycles in April 2007 to attend the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Austin, TX.  He also enjoyed participating in the annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run.  Yet another interest was photography.  He had learned so much about photography on his own, that he had developed a course which he taught on Imaging in Anthropology.
Stephen is survived by his wife, Kathy of their home; his only daughter, Sarah Durand also of the home; and a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Cindy Durand of Circle Pines, MN. 
He was preceded in death by both of his parents.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary, 575-356-4455.

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Published in Clovis News Journal and the Portales News-Tribune from Jul. 30 to Jul. 31, 2009.
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July 30, 2019
Steve and I were anthropology students at Purdue. My sympathy.
Alan Wichman
August 17, 2009
Kathy, I'm sad to hear of Steve's death. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Sarah.
D'Lyn Ford
August 11, 2009
Kathy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I've lost two husbands and know how painful it can be. Stephen was loved by many and will be fondly remembered by all who knew him. Sincerely, Diane Norris
Diane Norris
August 11, 2009
I am greatly saddened to hear of Steve's passing. We were fraternity brothers from the same pledge class (1970) at Sig Ep at Purdue. We both ended up in Anthropology and in New Mexico, which was a surprise to both of us. I had a nice email from Steve in 2008 and we caught up a bit on our lives. He was a good man and will be missed by many people. Ganook, bro.
Stephen Easley
August 6, 2009
Dear Kathy,
I am saddened to learn of Steve's passing. As you know, he was one of my thesis committee members and I am forever grateful for not only his invaluable insights and suggestions, but his goodwill and friendship as well. I will always remember the great fun we had in the field hiking through the Sapillo Valley canyon and our crazy Southwest archaeology class trip into the Puerco Valley.

I saw Steve at a SAA conference several years ago and it was good to catch up with him. We will all miss him.
Robert Stokes
August 5, 2009
Dear Kathy and Sarah,

Steve was one of my professors at ENMU that generously shared his experience in Southwest archaeology. I have many fond memories of him. For example, I remember the first day that I met him when I had just transferred as an undergraduate to ENMU; this was in the fall of 1992. I remember Steve advising me to take Introduction to Archaeology based on the fact that I had shared with him my experience working as a volunteer archaeologist at a large site in Tlatelolco which was the old Aztec market in Mexico City. That day, when I finished telling him about this experience, he looked at me and with a warm smile he told me that he was looking forward to my sharing that experience during that course.

Another memorable experience that I had with Steve was when I was getting ready to attend fieldschool in the summer of 1995; the Rio Bonito Project at Fort Stanton. I remember driving up in front of Lea Hall with my red Ford Ranger and all the students, as well as, Steve and Phill Shelley were loading camping gear on to the trucks that were already parked in front of Lea Hall. Steve took a look at my truck and said, "Genny, that is not a real truck, that is a toy truck!" Of course, we all had a good laugh.

Like these and many other experiences that I shared with Steve, will be memorable to me.

I am so sorry for your loss; Steve will be kept in my fond memories of ENMU and the Anthropology Department.
Genevieve Mooser
August 4, 2009
Dear Kathy,

My deepest and sincere condolences to you and Sarah, as well as to all of Steve's close colleagues, students and friends at ENMU as they were his family also.

I know that you and he shared a very special friendship and love, one that made a lasting impression on me during my brief time at ENMU.

Stephen was a unique thinker and excellent teacher. I always appreciated how he challenged me and secretly wished I could become a little more like him with age.

My heart breaks for you and I will most certainly be praying for God's comfort for you and Sarah.

Dawna (Marden) Lamson
ENMU 1996/7
Dawna Lamson
August 4, 2009
Dear Kathy and Sarah, I am so sorry for your loss, and ours.
Lilly Aguila
August 4, 2009
Kathy and Sarah:

Our deepest echo other's thoughts, Steve was unique, that's for sure. I'm so glad that I was able to initially bring you two together on the island of Aphrodite, and that you had many terrific years. He will be well remembered.

Alan Simmons/Renee Kolvet
Alan Simmons
August 2, 2009
Dear Kathy and Sarah,

Please accept my condolences. Steve was a good mentor and professor while I was at Eastern. I continue to use the academic and personal skills he instilled in me every day. I and his other students were blessed to have him as a part of our lives. His passing is a great loss, of course especially for you. I wish you the greatest luck and good fortune.
Todd VanPool
August 1, 2009
Hi Kathy --

I fondly remember Steve from days long ago at the UW and at DRI, as an engaging thinker and good friend. I am very sorry to hear of his passing. My sympathies are with you and your daughter.
David Rhode
August 1, 2009
Kathy and Sarah,
You both have our deepest sympathy. When we helped move Garrett to ENMU the summer of 2007, Steve was the first Anthropology professor we met. We will always remember how nice and welcoming he was to us.
Nick & Margo Kubik
August 1, 2009
Kathy and Sarah,
I am so sorry for your loss. Steve was a wonderful teacher and mentor. He often is in my thoughts as I remember his energy and excitement when he shared his knowledge. He has left this world a better place for his presence. He will be missed.
A former student and friend.
Louise Tracey
August 1, 2009
I am so sorry that you lost the man you love; finding that person is not something that happens every day. For some of us it takes a long, long time; but, you were lucky to have found Steve. The time you spent together was shorter than it should have been, but you experienced something many people never will, and your life is that much better for it.

Your dad was a piece of work, and I mean that in a good way. Not many daughters have a dad that a thousand people will never forget, but you do. He could appear harsh at times, but he was telling you what you need to hear. And, to me, that was his greatest quality: his honesty. Steve would always tell you what you needed to hear, particularly if you didn't realize you needed to hear it (he was really good at that), and that is invaluable.

I grieve for the both of you, and for myself. Steve was, as Hunter Thompson put it, "one of God's own prototypes...never even considered for mass production."

That's the highest praise I can bestow upon a person.
Dustin Batten
July 31, 2009
Kathy and Sarah, I am truly sorry for your loss. Steve was one of the few people in my life who had a profound impact on my way of thinking and for that I am eternally grateful. he was also one of the very few (along with you Kathy) who "got me"........... I'm really going to miss him, I wish I were able to express my sorrow better and I wish I could have visited with him one more time. Scott Candelaria (ENMU Anthropology Alumni)
Scott Candelaria
July 31, 2009
Professor Durand and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. While I primarily corresponded with Dr. Durand through email, and had the good fortune to meet him in February, I always found his correspondents insightful, it was your work together on Guadalupe Ruin, that started my interest into southeast New Mexican archaeology. Again I am so sorry for your loss, I would have loved to have learned more from him. My deepest condolences.
Travis Karlgaard
July 30, 2009
Kathy and Sarah,
I will always remember Steve as a model in the academy -- a committed scholar, a deeply engaged colleague, and a teacher of enormous integrity. It was an honor to have worked with him, and to have known your family. Please know that you are in our thoughts.
Michael Sitton
July 30, 2009
Kathy and Sarah, Steve was an incredible person and scholar and I am so honored to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lisa (Bergschneider) Westwood
July 30, 2009
Kathy and Sarah,
I am truly sorry for your loss, as Steve will be missed by many. He has made his mark in the world by sharing his love of science and imparting his knowledge onto so many over the years. His influence on others will recognized in the future of archaeology.
Jim McKenzie
July 30, 2009
Kathy and Sarah,
I know nothing can take away the pain of his loss. I hold solice in knowing the faith you have will bring you through this. He touched many lives and the light he had shown will continue to burn for years to come. God Bless.
Heather Alvarez
July 30, 2009
Kathy and Sarah, we are so sorry for your loss. Steve was a great inspiration for us all and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
George, Kaitlyn, Ryan and Connor
Kaitlyn Matthiessen
July 30, 2009
Kathy and Sarah,
I wish to express my deepest sorrow on your loss of Stephen.
We all that have been taught by him will forever remember him as a friend teacher and a man of patience.
Paul "Chip" Lemaster
Chip Lemaster
July 30, 2009
Kathy and Sarah, I am so very so for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Michele Gavin
July 30, 2009
Kathy and Sarah,
Michael and I will never forget the friendships and hospitality you and Steve shared with us. He will truly be missed.
Mark Martin and Michael Sitton
Mark Martin
July 30, 2009
My sincere condolences to Steve's wife, his daughter, and entire family. Steve will be missed deeply by his many friends.
Tony Boldurian
July 30, 2009
Hello Kathy,Sarah, and Family;
Steve is a great man and he will be sorely missed! One of a kind! The very best teacher Ive known and the most loyal of friends! I know yall will miss that great man, I know I will but he is watching over yall and his friends now. No doubt he will continue to do the good work in heaven with God.
Donald H. And Sandra Smith
Donald Smith
July 30, 2009
Kathy and Sarah, I am so sorry for your loss. Steve was an amazing person, teacher, mentor and friend. His legacy will live on through all of the students he taught. He shared his incredible knowledge of all things archaeology with all of us and gave us the skills to be great archaeologists. My love goes out to you both and I hope you know how special he is to us all.
Erin Enright (ENMU Anthro Dept Alumni)
Erin Enright
July 30, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We are deeply saddened by your loss.
Bill and Riki Seat
Bill Seat
July 30, 2009
I was very sorry to hear of Stephen's death. My thoughts and prayer are with his family in this very sad time.

Mark Franken
ENMU 1997
Mark Franken
July 30, 2009
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends he loved.
Beth Clancy
July 30, 2009
We're so sorry for your loss; our thoughts and prayers to the family. Patti Dobson (ENMU)
July 30, 2009
We were very sorry to hear of Stephen's death. Our thoughts are with you at this very sad time.

William & Gillian Andersen (ENMU faculty)
Gillian Andersen
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