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Duane Carr
(1957 - 2014)


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Name: Mr Duane Carr
Gender: Male
Age: 57 years old
Lived: Thursday, 24 January 1957 - Saturday, 8 November 2014

My Story

Duane Keith Carr (aka “Re-Run”) was born on January 24, 1957, in Hutchinson, Kansas, to Johnnie Lee Carr, an upright-bass musician, and Ruthie Lee Brown, a beautician.  Duane was the youngest of three siblings so he was spoiled rotten and got his way with everybody.  He loved to follow his older sister, Velva, around wherever she went.  As a child, Duane had long, curly hair and was often mistaken for a girl.  He was a boy scout and attended Bethel AME Church where he participated in many church programs and recitals.  He was considered “a busy little somebody.”  By the time Duane reached the 6th grade, he was taller than all of his teachers. In 1971, Duane relocated with his mother and siblings from Hutchinson to Albuquerque where he began high school.  Duane’s first daughter, Tasha Grayson, was born in 1975.  Duane loved sports and played both football and basketball at Albuquerque High.  That was also where he met his high school sweetheart and future wife, Mary Ann Mitchell.  Duane was part of the first class to graduate from the new Albuquerque High School in 1975.  He moved to Denver, Colorado, for a while and then returned to Albuquerque to donate a kidney to his mother.  The same day they were scheduled for surgery, his mother died.  Duane remained in Albuquerque, became a part of the Mitchell family, and was like a son to the late Risdon and Annie Pearl Mitchell.  On December 19, 1981, Duane and Mary Ann Mitchell were happily wed.  Two daughters were born to this union, and together they raised Christin Ann, born in 1985, and Dominique Duanette, born in 1986.Duane loved the Lord with all of his heart and soul and depended on Him until the very end.  He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior in 1975 and was baptized by Bishop Eugene Stewart and filled with the Holy Ghost.  He was a member of God’s House Church for many years under Bishop Stewart and later under Bishop Michael Shelby. Duane was calm and quiet, but outgoing, kindhearted and giving, but ornery.  He was a jokester and an avid domino player.  To his domino buddies, he was affectionately known as “Loose Shake” and was considered to be tough competition. Duane enjoyed playing hard, but he also worked hard.  Duane loved to cook and was a sous chef with the Maloof family for seven years.  Mr. George Maloof took Duane under his wing and taught him the trade in the operation of hotel management.  From 1981 to 2003, Duane worked at Sandia National Laboratories as a Protective Force Officer. For ten years, he was the Union President for the Security Police Association where he was instrumental in several successful contract negotiations.  Duane retired from Sandia as a member of the tactical SWAT team. God picked His flower when he was ready on Saturday, November 8, 2014, surrounded by his family.  Duane leaves to celebrate his life his loving and dedicated wife, Mary Ann Mitchell-Carr of Albuquerque; his daughters, Tasha LaDawn Grayson of Atlanta, Georgia, Christin Ann Carr, and Dominique Duanette Carr both of Albuquerque; three grandsons, Tye’ron L. Grayson of Atlanta, Georgia, Chrystopher-Keith R. Carr (CK) and Noell C. Carr both of Albuquerque; sisters,Velva Haynes (husband Jackie) of Dallas, Texas, Jackie Benjamin (husband Clarence) of Denver, Colorado; brother, Terry Brown of Albuquerque; aunt, Katherine Johnson of Ponca City, Oklahoma; uncle, Paul Murray also of Ponca City, Oklahoma; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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Date of Passing: 8 November 2014
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