Donald Allen Duke, 51, of Blackfoot, Idaho, and a former resident of Hermiston and Umatilla, died July 1.

He was born November 24, 1951 in Hailey, Idaho to Donald Jesse and Marion Francis Evans Duke. He attended school in Pocatello, Idaho and graduated from Snohomish High School in Snohomish, Wash. He was a member of the Marine ROTC in high school. Following high school he attended Highline Community College in Renton, Wash., and the University of Seattle. He later attended the Phoenix Institute of Technology.

He married Mary Lynn Theel in 1972. They were later divorced. In 1984 he married Anna Peterson. They were later divorced.

He served in the Army, earning the rank of sergeant and was a member of the 82nd Airborne.

He was named outstanding soldier of his basic training class and received accommodations for outstanding marksmanship and leadership.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Donald had worked in law enforcement for King County in the Seattle area and later worked as a patrolman for the Hermiston Police Department and as patrol sergeant for the Umatilla Police Department. He later graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga., as a U.S. Customs officer. During the time of his death he was in the construction business.

He was one who was willing to help others and spent most of his last years aiding his parents in everyday activities.

He was caring and generous to those around him. He had a great sense of humor and as a natural leader, was usually the center of activity, as people seemed to flock to him. His love of the outdoors found him often with a fishing pole or shotgun in his hands. He also had a passion for training great bird dogs. He loved to spend time with family and friends. He had a great love for his children. He will be greatly missed until that time when we can be reunited with him.

Survivors include one daughter, Melissa Rose (Ramon) Padilla, of Portland, Oregon; two sons, Thomas Peter Duke, of Portland and Scott Donald Duke of Hermiston: his parents, Donald and Marion Duke of Blackfoot, Idaho; two sisters, Julie (Kerry) Cottrell of Boise, Idaho, and Lisa (Vince) Mathie of Blackfoot, Idaho; one brother David (Elaine) Duke of Eagle Mountain, Utah and two grandsons, Michael and Adam Padilla.

Funeral services were held on July 7, at the Blackfoot 5th Ward LDS church in Blackfoot, Idaho. Interment was at Lost River Cemetery in Arco, Idaho.

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