Kerry Michael Duran, age 54, passed away on July 18, 2019 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was born on April 19, 1965 in Denver, Colorado to Edward Roman Duran and Marianita Susana Montoya. Kerry grew up in Denver and attended Holy Family High School. He later received his degree in Electronics from the Electronic Technical Institute and went to work as a field engineer at National Semiconductor Datachecker/DTS as well as a copier technician with American Office Equipment/Minolta. He also went on to further his education, attending Colorado Springs Police Academy, Accident Investigation, DUI Enforcement and Department of Homeland Security Training. This launched his 27 year career in law enforcement, working 2 years as Deputy for the Denver Sheriff Department, 10 years of supervisory experience with the Colorado Springs Police Department, and two and a half years as a Security Officer with Federal Protective Services. He also worked briefly as a Shelter Insurance Agent and Bail Bondsman.
He met his wife, Tammy Grau, at Elitch Gardens in Denver, Colorado when Tammy had applied for a summer job. They were later married on June 6, 1987. Kerry had a knack for talking and telling stories, always telling stories from his time in the police department and from his youth. Once, during a family camping trip, we drove just outside Durango, Colorado to Lake Vallecito. There were two separate ways to get into the campground…we took the longest, worst road possible. Kerry was cussing up a storm and the camper was bouncing around like a ball, but we eventually made it! Once we found out about the easy, not so rough road to get into the campground, he was ready for a drink! He loved spending time with family and friends, but more than anything, teasing his kids and grandkids, doing whatever he had to just to get a rise out of them. He was always eager to rag on his son-in-law as well. Kerry also had a softer side to him and it showed in his love for animals, particularly his pups. Precious, the grouchy old woman, was his baby and he would buy her cheeseburgers and ice cream in her doggy geriatric years. He also loved snuggling with his Koko and Zoey Anna, despite their sass and kicking every night. Because he was an animal lover at heart, there was one time during a road trip to South Dakota, jackrabbits were all over the place and he was trying to avoid hitting them. However, one would not get off the road…So he raced him! Kerry also had a love for many other things, including working on cars, small engines and electronics, tinkering and creating things from computers to appliances, reading, and camping. He was a fabulous cook as well! He was quite a romantic too. One of his favorite things to do was listen to music and dance in the kitchen with his sweetie, Tammy.
Kerry is preceded in death by his brother, Abraham Duran and his friend, Don McPherson. He is survived by his wife, Tammy Duran of Colorado Springs; children, Alicia Pollock (Duran) of Kansas, Anthony Duran of Fountain, and Alexis Duran of Denver; son in law, Derek Pollock of Kansas; grandchildren, Lillien and Payton Pollock of Kansas, and Leonidas Saba of Denver; parents, Edward and Marianita Duran of Denver; parents-in-law, Larry and Beverly Grau of Broomfield; sisters-in-law, Cathy Duran of Littleton and Teresa Shaw of Westminster; brothers-in-law, Tim Grau of Aurora, Tom Grau of Denver, and Douglas Shaw of Westminster; nieces, Sara Axt (Duran) of Texas and Madison Shaw of Westminster; nephews, Adam Duran of Littleton, Haden and Charles Shaw of Westminster.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am Thursday, July 25, 2019 at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 5354 US-85, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80911
The Family would like to extend a wholehearted Thank You for all the love and support shown by family and friends. Kerry will live on in our Hearts Forever….