Charles Duran Sr., 86, of Colorado Springs went home to be with the Lord on December 20, 2020.
A native of Colorado Charles was born and raised in Rocky Ford. Charles graduated from UCCS with two degrees, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Sociology. He also received his Masters degree in Elementary Education from Colorado College. Charles owned and operated The Mission Bell Inn restaurant for many years. He was a member of the Rotary Club and was a member of Holy Apostles Catholic Church. One of his proudest accomplishments was serving as a soldier in the United States Army, 101St Airborne Division where he was a Jumpmaster. Charles also served his community as an Elementary school teacher until he retired from District 11.
Charles was a devoted husband and father; he loved his family and spending time with them. He was also very passionate about hunting, fishing and the great outdoors; a legacy that continues to live on through his family. A season ticket holder for nearly 40 years he loved his Broncos and the memories created with friends and family who attended the games. He also attended two of the Broncos Super Bowls. Charles was also an accomplished oil painter and enjoyed sharing his gift with many students throughout his tenure.
Charles is preceded in death by his daughter Deena Kay Duran, his great grandson Dean Randall Berry, and his mother Jennie and father Eduardo and two brothers Edward and Roger Duran.
He is survived by his wife Theresa, three children, Chuck, Lisa and Debbie. Six grandchildren, Michelle, Kayln, Kira, Krystle, Chaz, and Zach. Seven great grandchildren, Antoña, Kayanah, Khlyer, Anthony, Lizzy, Vaira, and Milo. He also has two sisters, Creselda and Lillian.
His funeral will be held at Holy Apostles Catholic Church on December 29, 2020. There will be a Rosary at 12:30 P.M. with mass to follow at 1:00 P.M. There will be a graveside military ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery at 3:00 P.M. The family asks that if you want to send flowers that they be sent to Holy Apostles to be displayed at the service.
Unfortunately due to current restrictions there will be no reception following services.