1917 ~ 2013
nearly 100 full, rich and rewarding years Duane S Perkins,
96, passed away peacefully at his home in the early morning
hours of June 23, 2013.
Duane was born January 29, 1917 in Dayton, Idaho to Stephen
James Perkins and Mae Elzina Atkinson Perkins. He was the
oldest of 3 children. He learned the value of hard work
at an early age following the example of his parents. When
he was a child he suffered through a shotgun wound conquering
a near fatal brain injury. He attended agricultural college
in Logan, Utah where he met his sweetheart Anna Perkins.
They were married in the Salt Lake LDS temple on October
14, 1937. Immediately following their marriage, Duane left
to serve an LDS Mission to the Western States where he established
much growth in the LDS Church, returning home 2 years later.
The first 20 years of Duane and Anna’s marriage they
lived in Murtaugh, Idaho where he farmed through the great
Depression and WWII. He learned to be frugal and provided
well for his family’s needs. He moved his family to
Boise, Idaho in 1960 changing careers to real estate, in
which he had great success. He also developed a love for
art later in life.
Duane was an honest and faithful man dedicated to his family.
He was also completely human and could be stubborn and sometimes
a bit cantankerous. He was a strong-minded man who made
his own decisions and offered advice through stories of
his past experiences.
Duane had a strong testimony of Jesus Christ and the Atonement.
He was the patriarch of the family up until the moment he
passed. He was a good example to all of his children, grandchildren,
and great grandchildren. He held many callings in the LDS
church including serving in a bishopric for 6 years followed
by being the bishop for the next 11 years, Sunday school
president, and was a faithful home teacher.
He is survived by his son Steve (Mark Sanchez); daughters
Susan (Kim) Day and Cindy (Robert) Pack; 6 grandchildren
and 16 great-grandchildren; his brother Jim (Midge) Perkins;
many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his
wife of 73 years, Anna; father Stephen; mother Mae; daughter
Judy; and brother Darwin.
There will be a viewing held Wednesday June 26, 2013 from
5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North
900 East, American Fork. There will be a graveside service
held in Twin Falls, ID on Thursday June 27, 2013 at 1:00
pm at Sunset Memorial Park.
The family wishes to thank the nurses and care givers from
Sunrise Home Health and Hospice for their loving kindness
while they assisted us in caring for Duane in his home and
also the sweet care givers from Careminders.