Frank Antonio Durado, 69, of Grandview passed away Saturday, June 19, 2010, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Jan. 1, 1941 in Missoula, Mont. to Rocco T. and Frances (Grecco) Durado.
He was the youngest of five boys; Jim, John, Larry, Bob and Frank.
At a young age his work ethic and infectious smile created many tips while working as a shoeshine boy. A love of music grew as he mastered the drums and started his dance band "The Stardusters" playing for school dances and nightclubs.
Frank also enjoyed sports in high school, playing on championship teams in football, basketball and lettering in track.
College brought a new band "The Playboys" with bookings most weekends, which allowed him to work his way to a B.A. in music and physical education. While attending Montana State College he met and married the love of his life, Susan (Sue) Kent. Together they created a beautiful family; one son, Tony Durado and his fiancé, Wendy Hughs; one daughter, Tammy (Scott) Parrish; and grandchildren, Courtney Durado, Payton Parrish, Teagan Parrish, Treyton Rocco Parrish, Amber Foster and Nicole Foster.
Mr. D began teaching music through which he encouraged others to aspire to their highest potential. He won many awards and took his bands of 70-80 members, "rocking" down the street to the latest new beat. After losing partial hearing he changed directions to marketing and DECA, this began another legacy of molding and mentoring young people to be the best they could be in the business world. Working at Snokist cherry warehouse as a test grader sparked a new interest in farming.
He and Sue farmed their cherry orchard for the past 25 years. After 31 years of teaching he retired to enjoy farming, spending time in the shop with friends, hunting, fishing, creating leaded glass projects, golfing, cooking, laughing and attending the 10-4 Coffee club meetings. Above all he loved his God and family. You are greatly loved and missed "Cadillac Man".
Memorial services will be held Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Grandview Church of the Nazarene.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grandview Community Dollars for Scholars at the Chase Bank in Grandview for a DECA Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of Frank Durado.
Those wishing to share their memories or sign Frank's online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com
Smith Funeral Home in Grandview is in charge of arrangements.