Major Wesley Edward Duran

Major Wesley Edward Duran died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at The Denver Hospice, in Denver.

He served his country, his community and made the world a better place through his many kindnesses and close friendships.   

Wes served in the United States Air Force for 30 years from 1962 until his retirement in 1992, including multiple tours in Vietnam.  His duties included a broad spectrum of managerial and supervisory positions as a commander, comptroller, planner, missile launch officer for the Titan II ICBM, and accounting/disbursing officer with fiscal responsibility to the U.S. Treasury for multi-billion dollar accounts. 

His last position before Air Force retirement was a Deputy Director of Comptroller Plans and Management at Space Systems Division, Los Angeles AFB, California.

Wes’s Air Force success can be directly attributed to his work ethic and keen intellect. He used his extensive knowledge and education after retirement to help his neighbors and friends.  

Wes held a two Bachelor of Science degrees, a Master of Science and was two semester hours short of a Juris Doctor.

After retirement, he moved to Twin Lakes where his community generosity and love of animals, especially his cats, was legendary. Generations of birds and small animals owe their existence to his largesse. He took pride in the fact that he was able to help his friends and neighbors. 

He served on the board of Colorado Mountain College, Sangre de Cristo Electric Association, Inc., was a past president and treasurer of the Buena Vista Rotary, and he was a Friend of Twin Lakes. Wes lived life on his terms and would have it no other way. 

He is survived by two sisters, Barbara Jean Bengtsson and Carolyn Cooper, and many close friends throughout the United States. 

His ashes will be interred at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver.