Dennis Alan Duranceau
April 2, 1947 – April 1, 2016
Dennis Alan Duranceau, 68, of Dallas, died Friday.
He was born in Green Bay, Wis., to Jane and LaVere Duranceau.
The family moved first to Palm Springs, Calif., before settling in Redlands, Calif., where he spent his school years. He graduated from Redlands High School in 1965.
At age 16, Dennis began a lifelong career in the grocery industry, starting as a box boy for a local market. Over the years, he managed a number of different supermarkets before being promoted to buyer at a large grocery chain.
In 1991, Dennis and his wife, Carol, and daughter, Celeste, moved to Oregon, settling in Dallas. Three years later, a job change took the family up to Cheney, Wash. They returned to Dallas four years later. In 1998, they purchased the Dallas IGA (later Dallas Select Market) in downtown Dallas, which they owned and operated for eight years. He was active in many community organizations and a longtime member of Rotary. He loved participating in the Summerfest Parade with the store personnel.
Upon selling the store, Dennis took a position with Unified Grocers, where he continued his career.
He served in various capacities with the Boy Scouts of America, including as Scoutmaster and in district positions and on Scout committees. Many weekends over his life were spent on Scout campouts, hikes, service projects and other activities.
Active in The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints, Dennis served in many leadership capacities over the years, including as bishop in Cheney.
He loved the Green Bay Packers, fishing, golfing, restoring cars and going to garage sales.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Carol; son, Chris Duranceau, of Australia; daughters, Alecia Everett (David), of Flower Mound, Texas, and Celeste Van Wie (Matt), of Hillsboro; stepmother, Shirley Duranceau, of McMinnville; brothers, David Duranceau, of Sun City, Calif., and Dale Duranceau (Lindy), of Indio, Calif.; sisters, Debbie Young (Bob), of Pahrump, Nev., and Dawn Hone (Phil), of Redlands; five grandchildren; and a large extended family.
Service is Friday at 10 a.m. at The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints in Dallas. Interment will follow at the Dallas Cemetery.
Contributions are suggested to the Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, 287 SW Washington St., Dallas, OR 97338, which handled arrangements.
To send an online tribute: www.dallastribute.com.