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Dennis Durant

November 17, 1949November 4, 2020
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Dennis Lee Durant, 70, passed away peacefully, on November 4, 2020 in Minnesota. He was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and served proudly during the Vietnam Era with the US Army.

Dennis spent his early childhood getting into mischief in the neighborhoods of “Southside Estates”, along with his close buddies, which started the lifetime of memories and some of the best stories to pass down to his friends and family. From surfing in hurricanes, proudly serving in Vietnam, riding his Honda Gold Wing through the mountains “out West”, to jumping off rope swings into the Santa Fe River and spending a week alone kayaking down the Allagash River in the back woods of northern Maine - Dennis was fearless. Family meant the world to him, and he could always be counted on to help a friend in need. He loved spending his summers in Maine with his daughter and her family, and there was hardly a week that went by without him fishing in his boat or kayak. Dennis finally found his “happily ever after,” when he reconnected with his long-ago sweetheart, and loved her two daughters like they were his own. He lived his final years with them on a beautiful piece of land in Hilliard, Florida. Dennis was loved by anybody that ever had the chance to meet him, and he will missed greatly, by so many.

Dennis was predeceased by his parents: Terry and Lillian Durant; brother, Allen Durant; sister, Virginia Williams; grand-son, Dayton Lapierre; and nephew, Mark Williams. Mr. Durant is survived by his daughter, Lianne Lapierre and her husband, Joey; grand-son, Evan Lapierre; sister, Gail Elliott; wife, Marjie Zimmer and her children: Cathy Zimmer, Cheryl Zimmer, Cale Zimmer and Steven Zimmer; brother-in-law, Harold Williams; sister-in-law, Esther Durant; nieces and nephews: Conny, Cathy, Kenan, Ruth, Laura, Scott, Vicki, Michelle and David; and a host of extended family and friends.

A celebration of Dennis’ life will be held 10 AM, Saturday, December 5, 2020 HARDAGE-GIDDENS RIVERMEAD FUNERAL HOME, 127 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park, FL. Please post words of comfort at www.hardage-giddensrivermead.com.

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  • Dennis was predeceased by his parents: Terry and Lillian Durant; brother, Allen Durant; sister, Virginia Williams; grand-son, Dayton Lapierre; and nephew, Mark Williams. Mr. Durant is survived by his daughter, Lianne Lapierre and her husband, Joey; grand-son, Evan Lapierre; sister, Gail Elliott; wife, Marjie Zimmer and her children: Cathy Zimmer, Cheryl Zimmer, Cale Zimmer and Steven Zimmer; brother-in-law, Harold Williams; sister-in-law, Esther Durant; nieces and nephews: Conny, Cathy, Kenan, Ruth, Laura, Scott, Vicki, Michelle and David; and a host of extended family and friends.

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5 December

A Celebration of Life

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Hardage-Giddens Rivermead Funeral Home

127 Blanding Blvd
Orange Park, FL 32073

5 December

Graveside Service with Military Honors

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Jacksonville Memory Gardens

111 Blanding Blvd
Orange Park, FL 32073

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Cathy Borneman

November 22, 2020

The obituary is right, you only had to meet Dennis once to love him. He was a second cousin on my fathers side of the family. We talked often about our family. We both had funny and wonderful memories. I was so happy that in his later life he reconnected to his soul mate. May you rest in peace, love you CUZ!

Paula Cronin

November 15, 2020

My condolences to Dennis's family at this sad time. He was a great guy with a very quick wit which I always enjoyed. I went on a motorcycle ride with Dennis once while he lived in Thomasville, GA. I was not an experienced rider but sitting on the back, Dennis gave me confidence that all would be fine and I began to enjoy the ride. As we were returning from the ride, we encountered a red light and Dennis quickly ascertained that the brakes were not working. I said, "what are we going to do?" He said, we're going to take evasive action", as he quickly turned into a parking lot, slowing the bike down, turning onto the road with the green light and successfully getting back on the road to his home . He kept downshifting, slowing the bike down and using his feet to slow it down until we got back to his driveway where I quickly jumped off and kissed the ground! Dennis said, "well I better order some parts and get this thing fixed." I must admit that incident scared me. But as the years rolled by I was able to laugh a lot about it and was thankful for his ability and quick thinking. He will be missed by many.

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