David Lawrence Dakota Duran

June 8, 2013 • Obituaries


Services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Monday, June 10, at West Main Baptist Church, Artesia, for David Lawrence Duran, 1014 Florida, Hope.

Mr. Duran, 23, died Monday, June 3, 2013.

Ricky The Rocket Ellis will officiate at the services with burial at Hagerman Cemetery, Hagerman. Pallbearers will be Chris Hatfield, Daniel Smith, Tyler Dunahoo, Anthony Havens, Kendal Hendrix, Nate Harvey, Eric Aranda and Jonathan Munoz. Honorary [auth] pallbearers will be Stormy Molina, Zeke Reza, The Rocket Boys Casey and Gene, Jonathon Munoz, all employees of Wilbanks Trucking and Sweatt Construction.

Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Dakota was born Jan. 16, 1990, in Albuquerque. The son of Johnny Duran and Reeni Samora Duran, he was a lifelong area resident.

He was a swamper for Wilbanks Trucking. He was the Homecoming King at Hagerman High School in 2008, loved to rodeo and the outdoor life, loved kids and animals, never met a stranger, had a contagious smile and was loved by everyone.

Dakota was preceded in death by his grandfather, Johnny Duran; aunt, Judy Cheryl Myers Huffmon; grandmother, Dorothy Lee Barraza; cousin, Cynthia Huffmon; grandfather, David Samora; great-grandparents Daniel and Ester Duran and uncles Sam, Bernie, Israel and Ismael Duran.

Survivors include mother, Reeni Duran, of Artesia; father, Johnny Duran, of Hagerman; fiancé, Amanda Lyles, of Hope; son, Travis Stuart, of Hope; grandmother, Rachel Samora, of Albuquerque and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many friends.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Terpening & Son Mortuary. Please express condolences at

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