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Richard Dale Durant

Born: 3/4/1950

Died: 9/16/1997

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Richard Dale Durant, age 47, died September 16, 1997. Richard was born March 4, 1950 in Lawton, Oklahoma to Doc and Lou Durant. He married Jamie Lynn Hendrix on October 16, 1969. They had two children Richard Wayne and Amber Dale.

Richard was a simple man that enjoyed a simple lifestyle. He enjoyed his 1977 Chevrolet truck following a hound on a night coon hunt and sitting on his front porch. He found contentment in life and loved the woods. He looked forward to the annual deer hunt in Smithville, Oklahoma. The trip was never about bringing back a large buck, just investing time with friends.

His truck is a symbol of Richard and his life, practical and wonderfully simple. The coffee can filled with Tootsie Rolls in the seat was a reflection of the special place Richard held in his Momma’s heart.

Many hours of conversation have been hared on the front porch of his house. Jamie kept the house too cold he claimed was the reason he sat our there. Being on the front porch was more about visiting with a neighbor boy or girl or friends and family stopping by. He never allowed his left to get too busy to be there for others. Many will miss his humor. Richard lived his life by never getting anxious about life and would always say, when someone got upset, Nobody died, expressing the lack of importance of things that really didn’t matter.

Richard was good to people and accepted them as they were. He lived by the philosophy, you can’t change people and what goes around comes around.

Richard often referred to his wife, Jamie as Roger Ram Jet joking about his energetic personality. Not much rattled Richard, because he kept his focus simple One woman for life be content where you are and do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Throughout his life and again with his struggle with heart disease, Richard always tried to protect his mother from knowing the pain and struggle he faced. He would always say Don’t tell Momma.

Richard left this life the way he lived, Simple, enjoying people to the end. He’s gone to a place where there is no pain or tears, where fellowship never ends and Jesus gives hew hearts.