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“Mr. Duran was always nice to us students at SHS. He would encourage us to continue our academics beyond high school and I remember him in a positive...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Yolanda Bishop - Shiprock, NM

“I just now heard about Rudy's passing. My condolences to the entire family, especially his grandchildern. Having grandchildern of my own, makes me...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Chris Maisel - Austin, TX

“My condolences goes out to the Duran family. One thing I will always remember about Mr. Duran was that he always encouraged me to play basketball by...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Perryen Garnenez - Orange Park, FL

“My deepest condolences toAll of Rudy's family and friends. He is a GREAT man in my books. I feel very fortunate to have meet Rudy and his family. It...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Ray Alvarez - Temecula, CA

“Rudy was a remarkable influence on me during my years at Shiprock. He was a great mentor, motivator, and teacher to me as well as all the others his...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: David L Sharp - Shiprock , NM

“Our thoughts & prayers are with your family. We are very sorry for your loss. Elaine & James Pepper, Tressa Brown, & Christian & Lana Dean. ”
6 of 27 | Posted by: Elaine Pepper - Laird Hill, TX

“DEAR JOYCE, JOHN, MIKE AND RUDY, WE ARE SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR HUSBAND AND FATHER. RUDY, SR. WILL BE MISSED BY ALL HIS CHURCH FAMILY. HE...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Pete and Polly Lopez - Arboles, CO

“Mrs. Duran & Rudy, Jr.: My wife Tabitha and I extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to you and your family. He was a good man and always...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Jim E. Formea - Ignacio, CO

“I am grateful to have known this man. He was truly a motivator, a mentor and an inspiration. His love, support and guidance he gave the students is...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Helena Benally - Lee - Shiprock, NM

“Joyce and Family, Buzz and I were so sadden to hear of Rudy's passing. He was such an icon around the Ignacio area for so long. Our thoughts and...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Buzz and Dena Baird - Clayton, NM

“I was so distraut to learn of Mr. Duran's passing. He was so close to my family and myself. When I was seven years old, I was baptized in the...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Jaime Pine - GodChild

“I remember Mr. Duran always walking up and down the halls checking to see if everyone got to class, and was staying out of trouble. He was a very...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Celessta (Jeli) Merrill

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Duran's family and friends through this difficult time. I had the plessure of knowin Mr. Duran and am grateful...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Alexandra Blackie (Barber)

“The most fond memory of Mr. Duran was during my HS dayz. :) He helped me so much as a counselor. He was so encouraging! I remember him asking me if I...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Felicia Phillips - Shiprock , NM

“So sorry to hear of your loss. Coach Rudy was a very special person and a friend to all his students and athletes. My most outstanding memory is of...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Rita Tedder Sanford - Vernal, UT

“i'm sorry to hear of such a great loss. He inspired a lot of students to continue with their education. He will be deeply missed by many. Thanks to...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Shawndeana Patrick - Shiprock, NM

“I will always remember you as the wonderful person that you were. Always had a smile and ready to listen and help out. Thank you for being kind and...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Melissa Ross-Begay - Phoenix , AZ

“Mr. Duran was a wonderful man. He was so encouraging and inspiring. He always had a story to tell and was always friendly. I am grateful to have...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Verchera Reed - Albuquerque, NM

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of such sadness. God bless you all. ”
19 of 27 | Posted by: Nancy Lopez - Albuquerque, NM

“My condolences and prayers to the Duran family. He was a great soul and will be remembered for all the help, wisdom and advice given through the many...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Jeffrey D. Yazzie - Mesa, AZ

“Mr. Duran was a one-of-a-kind person who was genuinely friendly, caring and thoughtful of others. He's been an inspiration and encouraged his...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Valerie Livingston - Fort Worth, TX

“I just heard about Rudy's passing and it turned this bright day a tad dimmer, until I thought of this man's heart... Rudy always greeted with me...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Eldon Brown - Albuquerque, NM

“I have been fortunate enough to have known Mr. Rudy Duran long before SHS. He and his famly have been friends of the family for several years. I have...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Stacie Alexander - friend

“Mr. Duran was such a great inspiration not only to myself but by many others especially at Shiprock High school. He has guided me throughout high...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Amanda Gruber

“I feel fortunate to have known Mr. Duran, he was a wonderful person to so many people. He always had a smile on his face and always embraced you with...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Violet Johnson - Albuquerque, NM

“Mr. Duran was always very helpful in learning about college and would always encouraged me throughout my years in high school. I look to him and see...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Dannell Miller (Yazzie) Class of 2000 SHS - NM

“My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Duran family. Mr. Duran will be greatly missed. I thank him for all his guidance and encouragement...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: Valerie Johnson - Albuquerque, NM


Rudy John Duran Sr., 70, died at 9:35 a.m. Saturday, May 1, 2010, at Mercy Regional Medical Center. Recitation of the Rosary and public viewing will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 6, 2010, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Ignacio, Colo. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, May 7, 2010, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Father Anthony will be officiating. Burial will occur at Ignacio East Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Duran was born August 7, 1939, in Durango, Colo. Most of his elementary school education took place in one-room school houses in the area of Telluride, Colo. His high school education was in Ignacio, Colo. He attended Bacone Jr. College in Muskogee, Okla., where he played basketball and baseball for two years. He played baseball in the first Jr. College World Series at Miami, Okla. He graduated with an Associate's Degree of Education from Bacone Junior College. While there he was on athletic scholarships in baseball and basketball. He transferred to Adams State College in 1958. He attended school on a baseball scholarship for the remainder of his college career, and he graduated with a B.A. in Secondary Education with majors in P.E. and science. He played two years of baseball at ASC. His first teaching assignment was at Capulin, Colo., in the San Luis Valley where he taught science and coached baseball. After his wife's graduation from Adams State the next year, they began their teaching careers in Newcomb, N.M., which is part of Central Consolidated School District #22. He continued his graduate work at Adams State College, and he completed his Master's Degree in Psychology and Counseling in 1964. He then moved to Shiprock, N.M., where he taught science. He spent seven years teaching at Ignacio High School, where he coached basketball and baseball. He then moved back to New Mexico and worked as a guidance counselor at Aztec High School for five years. While there he coached baseball for five years for the Aztec Tigers. He then returned to Shiprock, N.M., where he finished his career as a counselor, and baseball and basketball coach. He retired from teaching in 2003. Mr. Duran married Joyce Hood in 1959. They had three children: John E. Duran (teacher), Mike A. Duran (nuclear physicist), and Rudy J. Duran, Jr. (teacher). They have two grandsons: Jesse Isaiah Duran and Dakota J. Duran. He was an educator and counselor for 43 years. He taught high school biology for 12 years and spent the next 31 years counseling. He was a baseball and basketball coach and received numerous awards for coaching; he was 1AAA Boy's Basketball Coach of the Year in 1986. He was the president of the Teachers' Association in School District #22 in Kirtland, N.M., in 1973. He served as President of the St. Ignatius Catholic Church for nine years, and he was involved with the building of St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Mr. Duran enjoyed playing golf, fly-fishing, skiing and backpacking with his children, grandchildren and friends. His greatest pleasure in life was helping his students prepare for their careers. He loved being deeply involved in his Christian life with his friends and neighbors. He cherished his time with his children and grandchildren, and considered himself blessed to have spent all 70 years of his life among his friends and family. He is survived by his wife Joyce Duran of Ignacio; sons John Emerson Duran of Sedona, Ariz.; Michael Anthony Duran of Espanola, N.M.; and Rudy John Duran, Jr., of Farmington, N.M.; grandsons Jesse Isaiah Duran and Dakota J. Duran, brothers Andy Duran, Sr.; Chris Duran, and Jack Duran, Sr.; sisters Lily Swan Myer, Ilene Candelaria, Corrine Trujillo, Martha Palamino, and Yolanda Duran. He was preceded in death by his father Andy Duran Sr., mother Lucia Duran and brother Orlando Duran.

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