CORVALLIS n Duane was called home and is now with his Lord and Savior, and is reunited with his wife and soul mate, Joyce Cranmore, after 25 years. He passed away Sunday, May 25, 2008, due to complications that arose from a horse riding accident on April 30.
He was born Feb. 10, 1937, in Bakersfield, Calif., to Roy and Wyvernne Cranmore. His family lived on a ranch in the White River and Fresno area. He graduated from Sierra High School in Tollhouse, Calif., in 1956. He spent much of his time in the Sierra's as a rancher, logger and outfitter.
After his good friends JE and Paul Kientz introduced him to their younger sister, Joyce, they fell in love and were married.
Duane and Joyce moved to Montana in 1964 with their two young sons Roy and Dan. They were prominent ranchers until Joyce's sudden death in 1982. She was his true love and soul mate of 23 years.
Duane was a man of many loves and talents. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Duane was regularly seen at the sporting events of his children and grandchildren. Some of his many talents included heavy equipment operator, outfitter, rancher, farmer and cribbage player. His next great love was working with cattle and horses. He spent much of his life on horseback and was most comfortable in the saddle. Duane was one of the last genuine cowboys.
He was preceded in death by his wife Joyce; and parents Roy and Wyvernne.
He is survived by his sister Royalene and Ed Ashby of Clovis, Calif.; two sons and their families of the Bitterroot Valley, Roy and Cathy Cranmore, their children Chase and Sarah Cranmore; greatgrandson William; Tyrell and Tiffany Cranmore; greatgranddaughter Sierra; Blake Cranmore; Dan and DeeAnn Cranmore; their children Wes, Whitney and Christa Cranmore.
Duane left behind many friends and family who loved him. The family would appreciate your sharing photos and memories of Duane's life. There will be a celebration service held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, at Grace Lutheran Church in Hamilton. Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.