Passionately interested in adaptive reuse of buildings and in solar energy, Duane had a varied career. Highlights included a 2005 first-place Iron County Parade of Homes design and a 1999 national first-place recognition for a “Third Millennium Home” he designed as a member of a Dona Ana Branch Community College (New Mexico) team. In 1996, he was project manager for the completion of the Parowan, Utah, Heritage Park. He designed an addition for the University Mountain Center of Southern Utah University in 1991 and planned and supervised construction of a solar-enhanced Habitat for Humanity home in Logan, Utah, in 1989. He also worked as a painting contractor in Dillon, a landscape architect with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, and a Cedar City’s Public Works inspector.
A lifelong learner, Duane held degrees from Montana State University and had completed coursework at SUU, Utah State, Washington State, and Western Montana College. He was very close to finishing an additional degree in the SUU engineering department.
Survivors include: his wife Julie (Clark) Simon of Cedar City; a sister Mona Burns of Costa Mesa, CA; a sister-in-law Janice Simon of Fairmont, MN; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents AJ and Louis (Ohm) Simon; a sister Sharon; and a brother Ray.
Southern Utah Mortuary is handling arrangements for cremation. A memorial service will be at 1:30 pm Saturday, Sept. 28, in Cedar City’s St. Jude’s Episcopal Church. An additional memorial will be this summer in Dillon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Duane’s name to the Kanab Best Friends Animal Society (go to http://bestfriends.org/ and follow the “donate” link, indicating Duane as the person being honored and providing firstname.lastname@example.org as the notification link) or to the SUU Department of Engineering Technology (go to http://www.suu.edu/ad/advancement/giving.html). Online condolences can be made at www.sumortuary.com.