Hillcrest Funeral Home - West

5054 Doniphan Drive, El Paso, TX


David Alejandro Duran

August 6, 1958May 14, 2020

David Alejandro Duran was born on August 6, 1958 in El Paso, Texas and passed away on May 14, 2020 in El Paso, Texas and is under the care of Hillcrest Funeral Home - West.

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Sarah Holloway

May 24, 2020

I did not find out about the gathering for David in the afternoon at the studio until that evening. My daughter Lisa was reluctant to tell me until then.
I was at every class for my daughter from age 4 until she drove and even then many. I loved sitting in the waiting area on the chairs and sofa with all the pillows watching the girls and listening to David. It was one of my very favorite things to do.
He always emphasized their deportment as young ladies. They were only allowed street clothing outside and never ballet attire. There was respect for the art.
David taught the girls aesthetics through the love of dance. He poured his heart and soul into the classes and recitals. It was a special era for my daughter and me.
I loved being a backstage mom, feeling the excitement of performing and preparing in the dressing rooms, and being part of the fantastic audience of family and friends.
David was soo talented finding just the right music, which he always started with, then developing the theme, choreography and marvelous costumes❤️‼️
I remember he never watched the performances, always backstage somewhere.
I learned about love and dedication from David. My daughter and I will always love and miss him dearly. David was a big part of our lives together.

Yazmin Ayub

May 23, 2020

Where do I even start off this news hits close to my heart. My family has known the Duran family for many years. I myself Yazmin Ayub danced ballet with David since I was a little girl Iam now 29 yrs old, I will forever take his discipline with me. One of the finest people Ive met so sad to hear this news heaven gained an Angel ❤️🙏🏼 .

Lee Ligon

May 21, 2020

I was saddened to hear of the passing of David.
My sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.
As a former dancer and ballet director, I always admired his dance recitals. David had a unique gift for creating magical illusions for his stage productions.
He had a great passion for teaching students and his dancers will follow in his footsteps.
His legacy will always remain a part of the ballet world he was devoted to.

Lisa Antunez

May 20, 2020

I am sad to hear of David’s passing. He was a part of my childhood and he is part of my beautiful childhood memories that I treasure forever close to my heart. I am blessed to have been in his classes and taught by such a talented dancer. May you be dancing with the angels David... 🌷

Mark Botelho

May 19, 2020

Sweet dreams my dear man, you thought me to love, live, and laugh. You pushed me away so I could fly, and I have had a wonderful life. I will always love you, as I know you did me. My deepest condolences to Punky, Debbie, and Victor, and the entire family. I remember you all, and am keeping you in my prayers.

Vianey Becerra

May 19, 2020

I danced with David from age four to sixteen years old. To me, the most important lesson that he left behind was the ability to impart grace, poise, and confidence into his dancers. These are the skills that turn young men and women into dignified adults. He was a pioneer in the ballet world, accepting dancers of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds, while always challenging students to realize their true dancing potential. The Ballet Centre was a studio, but even more than that, it was a community. A place to create friendships through a shared love of ballet. I am honored to have shared these memories, and I will always cherish my times with David and the Ballet Centre.

Jhovanna Gallwgos

May 18, 2020

Nuestro más sentido pésame a la familia de Mr Duran. El tenía una paciencia y una manera especial para tocar el corazón de sus alumnos... Disfrutamos cada clase y cada historia que nos compartió en ellas. Ha dejado en mis hijos, mi esposo y en mi lindas memorias. Quisiera que esto llegara a sus familiares y decirles que así como a mis hijos Mr Duran dejo huella en muchas generaciones más y estoy segura que siempre lo tendrán en su corazón. Dios los bendiga y les de pronta resignación. Gracias por todo! Descanse en paz 🙏🏻💕

Matilde Alba

May 18, 2020

Mi más sentido pésame para la familia de Mr Duran siempre lo vamos a recordar.
Muchas gracias por ser el maestro de mi niña Maya y por la paciencia Ke les tenía a todas sus alumnas Ke Dios lo reciba en su reino siempre lo vamos a extrañar y recordar con mucho cariño.

Cecilia Olivas

May 17, 2020

Dearest Mr. David, Angelee and I are heartbroken. You were a huge part of our lives since Angelee was literally a baby , age 3. We know for a fact Angelee would not be the same graceful , dedicated and well disciplined young woman without your consistent and much appreciated role in her life. You taught her the basics , not only of classical ballet , but you imparted a love for the art of dance. Your passion and love for ballet filled her heart with the same respect and awe as a dancer 🩰 You will be missed dearly and you will never leave our hearts . The memories are abundant , from daily difficult classes to magical recitals ! RIP Mr. David , you are loved .

Deepest sympathy and condolences to the Duran family. Our prayers are with you during your bereavement. Thank you for sharing David with El Paso. He touched countless lives and his legacy lives on through those lives 🙏

Cindy Smith

May 17, 2020

He was such a loving and caring teacher. He would take the time to pull you aside and talk and encourage you. Sometimes he knew the inadequate feelings/ insecurities I had before I recognized them myself. Years later I went off to college In San Diego and for fun took a ballet class to stay in shape: The instructor at SDSU approached me after the first class and asked when/where I had taken classes. He was so impressed with my technique. David was not only caring, he was a first class top notch ballet instructor. A cut above.

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