Eric Duran sits Friday in a skid steer vehicle that belongs to his family’s painting business. Duran is a Craig resident who has worked with his father, Leo, since he was 12.

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Eric Duran sits Friday in a skid steer vehicle that belongs to his family’s painting business. Duran is a Craig resident who has worked with his father, Leo, since he was 12.

My Life, My Words: Eric Duran — ‘I’ll stay here forever’

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Co-owner, Duran’s Paint Service

“I’m born and raised here, lived here for 29 years.

“I started working with my dad when I was like 12 and I never left.

“He always did stuff with us when we were kids, then he started his businesses and I started working for him right away.

“(Craig) hasn’t changed that much really. Couple of new businesses, Walmart, but other than that it’s pretty much the same. New businesses come and go all the time. It’s the same little town as when I was growing up.

“I enjoy it here. I’ve never experienced anything else, so I don’t know anything else.

“My dad always went hunting, so I went with him hunting as long as I can remember walking.

“I like archery better (than rifle hunting) because you’re out there hunting, waiting for them, instead of just sitting. With the gun, you can shoot them from 300 yards away instead of having to be 10 yards away, 20 yards away, so I like archery better. It’s a lot more challenging.

“(My) oldest (son) already knows what’s going on, I think, pretty much from watching hunting videos on the weekends with me and whatever else. He always wants to go shoot deer or whatever.

“We go bowling a lot. We’re getting ready to go to a national bowling tournament in Reno, (Nev.) in March. We go to state every year.

“Me, my dad and my brother are all on the same team.

(My dad) had a bowling team, he’d been bowling forever.

“I think I was 18 or so and he needed another bowler on his team because one guy quit. I got volunteered for it and started liking it a bunch. I got good at it and started liking it.

“We go somewhere different every year for nationals. We’ve been to Baton Rouge, La., Knoxville, Tenn., Corpus Christi, Texas, Vegas, Reno, Billings, Mont. It takes us everywhere. It’s pretty fun.

“(My family’s) pretty close together. We talk every day, they come over all the time, we go up there. They do a lot for us.

“I’ll stay here forever probably. My wife’s family’s here, our family’s here.

“Both of (my sons) are little daddy’s boys. They don’t leave me alone ever. They follow me around like a dog. They’re always right on top of me, holding onto me. I like that.”

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