Joe Davis Durand, age 87, peacefully passed away, on February 26, 2019, at home in the loving arms of his wife and surrounded by his family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Joe was born to Raymond and Earle Durand on July 1, 1931 in Dexter, New Mexico. He loved to share that he had never lived more than a mile from where he was born in 87 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Earle Durand; sister, Earlene D. Smith and brother, George Raymond.
Joe married the love of his life, Martha Ballweg, on January 7, 1961 in Arlington, Texas and they were happily married for 58 wonderful years. They have two children, Michelle Durand Runyan of Garland, Texas and Roger Joseph Durand who preceded Joe in death four days prior who is survived by his wife, Sherry Parriera Durand of Dexter.
Joe and Martha also have four grandchildren. They are Taylor and Tim Durand of Dexter, Ashley Runyan of Barcelona, Spain and Alysia Runyan of Garland, Texas; three great grandchildren-Jayden Davis, Tristan and Benjamin Runyan of Garland. He also leaves behind numerous nephews, nieces and others who fondly called him Uncle Joe, along with countless other family and friends who were blessed to know him.
He was a graduate of Dexter High School Class of 1950 and served in the National Guard in the early 50’s. He was a farmer who farmed the family farm with his son and also was a retired Rural Mail Carrier for the United States Postal Service after 25 years of service through rain, shine, and New Mexico dust storms. He was a proud member of the First Presbyterian Church and took pride in being one of its oldest members. Joe coached Little League baseball and served as president for one year. He was proud to be a member of the Dexter Volunteer Fire Department for many years and served as the Fire Chief for two of those years. He was a member of the Soil Conservation Service for six years and a member of the Farm Home Administration for four years. Joe served as president of the Joy Center Board for three years and was on the Dexter City Council from 1966-1978. He was Mayor of Dexter for two years serving as Mayor pro-tem. Some of his fondest memories involved playing poker on snow days, spending time at Latimer’s Barber Shop, and getting into innocent mischief with his many friends. Joe loved playing dominoes, watching sports with his son and grandsons, grocery shopping with daily trips to Albertsons, harvesting and sharing his pecans and remembering the good ole days.
Joe touched the lives of many people with his smile, generosity, and kindness. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 10:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church of Dexter, followed by burial at South Park Cemetery. There will be a 9:00 am viewing, visitation, coffee and pastries in the Fellowship Hall.
Pallbearers include his grandsons-Taylor and Tim Durand, great nephew-Dustin Belyeu, Sterling Garnett, Michael McGee, Aaron Bogle, Josue Luna, and Justin Boswell. Honorary pallbearers are nephews-Jim and Tom Ballweg, nephew-Tony Bradley, Joe Nelson, Chester Cunningham, Sammy Price, Stuart and Donald Bogle, Chief Luna, Mitch Daubert, Don Burden and the entire Reid boy clan.
Martha, my prayers are with you and your family, I just heard about Rodger and Joe. May god give them the rest they deserve. The last time I visited you was such a hoot to catch up on the old days. Since then, Doris ( D.J.) has also passed. Take good care and I will visit next time I am in New Mexico. My condolence to the Family
Sam Morrison DuranHelotes, TX
Our hearts, prayers, love go out to all Joe's family. I(Michele Chastain) was your husband, dad, grandpa's checker at Albertsons. He will be missed, such a wonderful man! God be with all of you, in your time of needs. Praying for all of you!
Michele & Chuck PattisonRoswell, NM
I can't remember a time without Joe. Anytime I came over to spend time with Michelle, he always made me feel welcome. He was one of the few of my parents friends that I called by his first name. He wanted it that way. I remember Michelle having a party and Joe made guacamole. The best I had ever had. I may not have seen him in years, but I thought of him. The entire community will miss him.
Deb ButlerMcGregor, TX
Joe will be greatly missed by his old friends that he checked on regularly. After dad could not drive, Joe made the trip to Artesia many times for a visit. Two old river rats with lots of past history.
Kenny MonkArtesia, NM
I always looked forward to Joe coming into Dexter Post Office. He would always make me laugh. When I first met Joe, I called him " Mr. Joe," but he told me to call him "Joe" and that would be just fine. Sometimes he would surprise me with a bag of pecans because he knew I really liked them. Joe was such a kind man with a big heart and will be very missed.
My heartfelt sympathy to Martha and family. May God give you comfort and strength during this difficult time.
Christy ColliganRoswell, NM
Sincere sympathy, Martha, to you and your family. Joe will be missed by us, as well as so many in this community.
Robbie & Helen DrakeDexter, NM
our prayers are with you now and the days ahead God bless you all Francine and Carlos Araujo
francine and carlos araujoLa Mesa, NM
Joe truly touched my life. He was a wonderful example of a husband, father and member of his community. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
Ginger KempAustin, TX
Hey Joe. This is SuSu. I Don’t even know where to begin. Just wish we could have had one more lunch at Red Lobster and catch up on life. Am having a hard time wrapping my head around you being gone. I guess it was just comforting knowing you were kicking around Dexter and Roswell. You are an amazzzing man Joe. They don’t make em like you anymore. I wish I’d have told you just how much I care for you ... but we never got mushy, huh? We just liked to eat fish and laugh. You and Roger have got to watch over your sweet family and friends in the valley. I’m praying for them every every day. You will never ever be forgotten sweet man. You touched so many lives. Especially mine. Love you mucho.
I will miss Joe greatly. He and Martha were part of the Gomez Reid family. Everytime we had a family get together Joe and Martha were always there cause they are family. Joe loved his pecans for sure. He brought me a couple of bags of shelled pecans this last year. He raised a great family. He was a gentleman farmer for sure. Loved growing up with his kids.
Joe GomezAlbuquerque, NM
Joe was a true friend to Mom and Dad and a ‘hoot’ to Mark, Gary, Marijo and me. I vividly remember Joe visiting our home and us boys goading Joe to chase us outside where we had laid a trap (wading pool full of water) and Joe running through the pool in hot pursuit and jokingly raising heck of our shenanigans. From all the Shawboogers to Joe, Rest In Peace!
Dick ShawWolfforth, TX
Love to all the family. I still try to make my briskets just the way Joe said to. I loved talking to him about his cooking and getting his tips! God Bless you all. Steve and Donna Bramblett
Steve and Donna BramblettBennington, OK