Melisendro J. Duran: 1917-2005
Melisendro J. Duran died July 10, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. He was 87.
Duran was born Aug. 9, 1917, in Lumberton, N.M., to Melisendro and Jessie (Montoya) Duran.
Duran was raised in New Mexico. He married Rose Griego on June 25, 1937, and they became the parents of five children. They resided in Alamosa, Palisade and Brush, before moving to Craig in 1959. He worked on farms in his earlier years, and it was there that he learned how to operate equipment. He joined the Operating Engineer’s Union in 1953 and continued working as a heavy equipment operator for many years ending his career at Trapper Mine where he worked from 1977 until 1982. Following his retirement, he opened his own business, Mel’s Sharp All and Small Engine Repair which he operated from the garage beside his home.
Duran is survived by his sons, Dell (Kay) Duran of Alamosa, Melvin Duran of Craig, Terry (Colesta) Duran of Craig, Tom (Nancy) Duran of Craig, and Paul (Rita) Lane of Denver; eight grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; sisters, Rose Martinez of Pueblo, Susie Atencio of Pueblo, and Ora Khun of Pueblo; and brother, Joe Garcia of Mesa, Ariz.
Duran was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Raymond; wife, Rose; and a son, Orlie.
The Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. July 12, 2005, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Craig. The Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:00 a.m., July 13, 2005, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.
Duran was buried next to his wife in the Craig Cemetery.
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