Clyde Duren Jr., 92, of Homer died Jan. 7, 2015, from heart failure at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. A service is at 2 p.m. Jan. 16, 2015, at Kehl’s Chapel, 11621 Old Seward Highway, in Anchorage. A reception will be held at the chapel following the services and his ashes will be scattered in Kachemak Bay at a later date. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the services.
Clyde was born in Trinidad, Colo., on Nov. 19, 1922. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was a prisoner of war from 1942-1945, surviving both the Bataan Death March and prison camp in Japan. While convalescing from the ravages of war, he attended college and received an associate in applied science degree in cadastral surveying. He had a long and successful career working for both the federal government and state of Alaska as a surveyor and as Chief and Director of Cadastral Survey. His sons remember many years living in field camps as children. Clyde was instrumental in the work done by the state of Alaska to develop Alaska Native land allotments.
Clyde lived in Anchorage for many years and then retired to Homer with his wife Marlene (deceased). Clyde loved living in Homer and being the captain of his boat, the Anna Marlene. One of his favorite accomplishments in life was catching a 455-pound halibut in Kachemak Bay a few years ago. He likened himself to Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea.” He also enjoyed many years of being a snowbird with his traveling companion, Nadine Dely.
Clyde is survived by his sister, Shirley Dickenson of Aurora, Colo., and brother, Don Duren of Boise, Idaho; his two sons, Gregory and wife Molly of Anchorage, and Gary and wife Judy of Denver, Colo.; three grandsons, Matt Duren and wife Jennifer, Mike Duren and wife Jennifer, both of Denver, and Andrew Duren, currently stationed at Fort Mead, Va.; and three great-grandchildren, Michaela, Samantha and Jacob.