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Duane Donald Parkhurst

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1942 – 2021

  • Duane Donald Parkhurst

Honoring and cherishing the life of Duane Donald Parkhurst, who passed away Feb. 3, 2021, with his wife, Charlotte, by his side peacefully, in Emory, Texas.

Duane was born Dec. 8, 1942, in Ontario, Oregon, then moved to Pagosa Springs, Colorado. He worked with the government at a test site in Nevada where he met his best friend, Brady Gines. They both went into underground tunneling. Duane became a ‘Walker’ in a few weeks.

He worked for SA Healy with 30 plus years. His jobs included Lake Meade, Nevada, Washington DC, Austin, Texas, Rochester, New York, Ann Arbor, Michigan and Dallas, Texas, (DART Project Subway 18) who honored Duane.

He was honored in ‘Genius Book of World Records’ for the longest cuttings underground, footage and hourly, with no injuries on the job working the midnight to 7 a.m. shift. The whole crew except Duane and one other employee spoke only English.

Duane was the co-founder and owner of Star World Electronics in Kerrville, Texas. When Duane retired, he helped build Southwest Volunteer Fire Department on Hwy 47 in the Flats community. He ran the Southern Cross Tobacco Shop in Edgewood, where he met several great customers and friends.

His pride was building a custom log home with his sawmill, using wood from local areas for his 2600 square foot home. For fun, he loved riding his bike, especially cross country, to visit his family out west. He loved playing dice and Texas Hold’em. He loved talking to his family often including, Sam, George, and siblings.

He leaves behind two children, Susan and Robert Williams and Steve Parkhurst and Tina; his loving mother-in-law, Annabel Carlson who lived with him; stepchildren, Brenda Brown, Steve Ulrich, Tammy Parkhurst-Myers, Heather Harger; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, including Sam and George; and he left behind his cat, Sweet Pea and dog, Butter.

The family members left to honor and cherish Duane’s memory are his siblings, Vic Parkhurst and Kay, Dennis Parkhurst and Pat; sister, Carol Mercier; brother-in-law, Ray Lattin; sister-in-law, Sandy and Danny Stisser-Parkhurst and several nieces and nephews.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Edna (Klamroth); brother, Ricky; grandson, Christopher Williams; sister, Dorris Lattin; brother-in-law, Howard Mercier; stepdaughter, Bobbit Brown; Paula Saint (Walkins) and Patricia Ulrich, and best and closest friend, Brad Lee Gines.

A celebration of Duane’s life will be held at 2 p.m., April 24, 2021, at the Baptist Church, on Houston Street in Edgewood, Texas, with full Military Honors to include a three gun salute proceeding with a service inside the Baptist Church. On June 26, 2021, 2 p.m., Duane’s final resting place will be at Treasure Falls, Pagosa Springs, Colorado.