John Durand Obituary – The unexpected passing of John Clifford Durand on September 24, 2020, leaves an indispensable void in the hearts and psyches of all who knew him. He was 84 years old. His passing was tranquil and as he had wanted it to be in a way that would sound natural to him, “… without an extended fight and fix the trouble.”
John, just, was a remarkable man. He carried on with his existence with reason, respectability, and effortlessness. He shared his liberal and warm soul, looking through acumen, sympathy, intelligence, and humor with everybody he met. The profundity of his insight into the world and recent developments, legislative issues and history, writing, and his adoration for language and learning were huge. A discussion with John may incorporate a statement from a most loved sonnet, an educated investigation regarding current issues, the foundation of a generally secret recorded truth, or a reference to mechanical development he’d as of late read about in his Popular Mechanics. His simple way and prepared grin were consistently present, as delicate and certified as his unavoidable request of “… and how are you?”
John was brought into the world on July 16, 1936, to Anna (Stafne) and Adelard Durand in Spooner Wisconsin. He was glad for his unassuming Wisconsin roots and his darling Wisconsin Badgers. His youth and life were set apart by the beginning of polio at age six which left him with a debilitated leg yet maybe likewise with more assurance than most to challenge himself. Inducing, possibly, his later achievements as a writer of two verifiable books, four authentic books, three works of diary and life story; two altered works, eleven papers, and monographs, and another book well in progress at the hour of his death.[i] Curiosity was in his bones; he was a care specialist and adored finding new data.
Yet, for all his scholarly ability, the outright establishment of John’s life was his unswerving adoration and dedication for his loved ones. He profoundly valued them all. As child Peter said, the fall that steadied John’s course through life “was profound and valid.” Those lucky enough to realize John intuitively felt his genuine person, his lucidity, his decency. He was an honorable man in a contemporary world.