Michael Frank Duran, 1957-2015
Michael Frank Duran passed away in Denver on Aug. 18. He was born Feb. 9, 1957, to Estrella Romero from Red Cliff and Frank Arthur Duran from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Michael was born in Dixon, New Mexico. He was a 1976 graduate of Battle Mountain High School. He was also a ski instructor in Vail. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Arthur Duran, and stepfather Ruben Jose Romero. He is survived by his mother, Estrella Romero, and brother Clifford Duran, from Red Cliff. Michael will be missed. God Bless you. Rest in peace. We love you.
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