1931 - 2016
Duane Myers, beloved husband, sibling, father and friend, went home to be with his Heavenly Father the morning of July 15, 2016. He was 84.
Duane was happiest when he was busy and productive, and also displayed a mischievous and creative side when the mood struck him. With his deep, strong voice, he was a compelling storyteller with a remarkable memory.
Duane was born November 27, 1931 in Middleton, Idaho to Pete and Alta Myers. He was the fifth of six children and grew up working hard and enjoying adventures with his siblings on the family farm in Middleton. He fondly recalled horseback riding with his brother, Clint - two real Idaho cowboys. His first job off the family farm was working the hay fields of Jordan Valley when he was eleven.
As a young adult, Duane worked on bridge and road construction projects. He liked to hunt and was a bit of a rascal, keeping a makeshift still and sharing moonshine with his friends, among other adventures.
Duane married Mary Davis in 1952 and their son Donnie was born in 1953 while Duane was serving in the Army in Fairbanks, Alaska. The family eventually moved to Middleton, Id., and then to Donnelly, Id., and Indian Valley, Id., while Donnie was young. Their daughter Dayvis was born in 1965 followed by a second daughter, Duanea, in 1969 while the family was living in Indian Valley. He and Mary eventually divorced, but he remained close with his daughters.
He married Jackie Wright in 1988, and they enjoyed many happy years together while moving to several different small communities in Idaho and making friends along the way. They resided in Emmett at the time of Duane's death.
During his life he owned land in Indian Valley and in Gem County between Middleton and Emmett, where he raised milk cows and sheep and always had a good team of work horses and a couple of riding horses. He operated the Cambridge Feed Store for a number of years, which allowed him to build strong ties to his community. He also served as water master in Indian Valley and spent years riding ditches and settling water disputes between farmers.
His work life also led him to drive a school bus for the Cambridge School District and then for river rafters in Hell's Canyon - an opportunity that included flying in small planes over Idaho's backcountry to see the state he loved from the air.
As he got older, his creative and artistic endeavors included making jewelry, writing cowboy poetry, and building birdhouses. He took pride in creating something out of nothing.
Duane eventually became very active in the Indian Valley Community Church and settled into a more peaceful persona. It was important for him to find a church when he moved to a new town, and the friends he made in his church family over the years were very important to him. He enjoyed reading and studying his Bible.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Clint, his son Donnie and numerous nieces and nephews. He is survived by his wife, Jackie, his daughters and their husbands, Dayvis (Jeff) Howell and Duanea Myers (Rich Binsacca), his stepsons William and Phillip, his granddaughters Kayla Dunham and Meggan May, his step-grandsons Nicholas Binsacca and Samuel Binsacca, his brother Lindy and sisters JoAn, Roberta and Velma.
At his request, there will be no memorial service; a private interment will be held at a later date.
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Published by Idaho Press Tribune on Jul. 21, 2016.