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Joseph L. Duran

January 28, 1927 — January 26, 2024

A Life Well-Lived: Remembering Joseph L. Duran, 1927-2024

Born under the vast New Mexico skies in 1927, Joseph "Joe" Duran lived a rich and vibrant life. He weathered the hardships of the Great Depression and proudly served his country in World War II. He was a man of many facets - a loving father, a dedicated scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and a pillar of his Catholic faith. But above all, he was a man who cherished family, knowledge, and a good plate of New Mexican cuisine.

Joe was a pioneer in his family. He was the first in his family to earn a college degree with a thirst for knowledge that never dimmed. This legacy became a beacon, guiding his three children and two granddaughters down their own paths of learning and achievement.

Joe's heart belonged not only to his country and his work, but also to his beloved wife of 58 years, Celine, who was his anchor and confidante. He missed her dearly after her passing in 2018.

Joe loved the thrill of a friendly tennis match, socializing with his tennis friends, particularly the tennis players he met at his winter home in Scottsdale, Arizona, and spending countless hours watching matches on the Tennis Channel. He cherished Rafael Nadal with "Vamos Rafa" being his favorite expression.

Joe left us on January 26th, leaving behind a legacy of love, learning, and unwavering faith. He was a man who touched countless lives, making an imprint on our hearts that will forever echo in the laughter at family gatherings, the pursuit of knowledge, and the quiet moments of prayer. He was a true son of New Mexico, his spirit as vast and enduring as the land he called home.

Joseph was preceded in death by:

Father: Jose L Duran

Mother: Simodesea Quintana Duran

Grandmother: Gregorita Borrego Quintana

Grandfather: Macario Quintana

Grandmother; Rafaela Lopez Duran

Grandfather: Mauricio Duran

Brothers: Johnny, Bobby, and Ernesto

Wife: Celine Casados Duran

Joseph is survived by:

Children: Gregory, Cecilia (Don), and Michael (Margaret)

Granddaughters:  Ashley (Courtney) and Sarah

Finally, the family would like to express their gratitude for the exceptional care that Morning Star's Memory Care staff and Legacy Hospice provided for their father.

Rest in peace, Dad. We love you and will miss you.

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Friday, February 9, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Mountain time)

Risen Savior Catholic Community

7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

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Friday, February 9, 2024

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