Cox,  Duane Erwin

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Duane Erwin Cox August 9, 1933 - March 15, 2021 Our dear father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend Duane E Cox passed away peacefully in his home in College Ward, Utah, on Monday, March 15, 2021. After 8 long months of separation from his lifelong companion, Duane was able to return home to be with his wife Margene. Duane is survived by his children Denise (Terry) Littledike, Camille (Dennis) Cowley, Michelle (Richard) Spuhler, Bryan (Kristin) Cox, Darren (Cassie) Cox, and Maleesa (Randy) Jacobsen, along with 23 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and his sister Diane Lindley. Duane was preceded in death by his wife, Margene Lindley Cox, his parents Marion and Lucile Cox, his sister Margene Waite, and his granddaughter Olivia Cox. Duane was born on August 9, 1933, to Marion and Lucile Cox in Wellsville, Utah. Duane was an active young man, playing football, working, and helping out the family. He married his lifelong companion and love of his life on June 26, 1953, shortly before entering the military and being sent to Germany. Margene followed him and their love continued to grow overseas. In 1960 they bought their home in College Ward and they built a wonderful life and family together in their forever home. Their love was always evident and served as an example for everyone who knew them. Duane always made time to waltz with his wife, and the Tennessee Waltz was one of their special tunes. When Margene passed away, Duane had a difficult time without her and he told his family that he would join her in the Spring and that's exactly what he did. Duane was a nurturer, and he loved to be a witness to growth. He believed that in all things, hard work and diligence bring the best results. Duane embodied this while raising his children, influencing his grandchildren, and especially in the never ending work on his flowers in his yard. He could often be found in his yard tending his flowers in the heat of the day with no care for the temperature or time. His love of nature and wildlife was always evident and the family farm had some unique inhabitants including peacocks and swans, and an entire trout for many years. Duane was a beekeeper from a family of beekeepers and he instilled in his children a love for honeybees. With the beekeeping operation combined with Margene's gift shop, together they built a wonderful business and a legacy worth remembering. Duane was the recipient of many honors and recognitions for his personal and professional achievements. He received the Allen Stokes Conservation (Audubon) award in 1978 and the Golden Hive Award in 1998 for excellence in Beekeeping. Duane and Margene were blessed with many lifelong friends and enjoyed their travels and adventures together. For his family, Duane leaves behind a legacy of love, teasing, and finding beauty in nature. He will be forever remembered as the very best bear in "no bears are out tonight," the master of "Betty Botter," for dancing with his granddaughters, and for being the curator of the most beautiful yard around. We can only hope that Duane is dancing with his sweetheart, watching down on us all now. We would like to thank Michael Goldsberry and Becca Toone for their continued support, care, and friendship with Duane along with his family who has been honored to love and care for him. The viewing will be held at Allen-Hall Mortuary Friday March 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday before the funeral from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Funeral services for Saturday, March 20, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. at the College/Young Ward LDS Church. Following the services, the burial and grave dedication will be at the Providence Cemetery. A Zoom link of the funeral and graveside services will be available for those who wish to attend remotely, and may be accessed at www.allenmortuaries.net .

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