Duane S Perkins
1917 ~ 2013

After 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.

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