Onofre Duran, of Gardena CA passed away at the age of 76 on Monday, October 18, 2010 in Torrance, with his family and friends by his side. He was born June 12, 1934 in Guadalajara, Mexico. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Maria De La Luz, his daughter Leticia, his sons Jose, Luis, Ricardo, and Sergio and his daughter in-laws Karina, Claudia, Frances and Lupita, his niece Rocio, 7 granddaughters, Erica, Alyssa, Joanna, Joei, Sofia, Breanna, and Christina, 12 grandsons, Robert, Derrick, DeMarco, Sergio, Devin, Ricardo, Donovan, Isaac, Isaias, Israel, Luis, and Lucas. He was never late to any event, not even work. In 2000 he retired from Honeywell, as a Machine Operator. Onofre had an enlarged heart beating at 15%…he was given 6 months when he found out and survived another 3 ½ years. He was full of life and never gave up always fighting the big fight, never complained. He lived each day to the fullest. Onofre had a "Golden Heart". He was the sweetest, kindest man you would ever come across. He loved to help people, he always took in stray cats, and dogs even a little chicken who was losted in the neighborhood. He would give you his last dollar if you needed it; he was selfless and never worried about tomorrow. Onofre loved to make friends, make people laugh, and he had a nickname for everyone. He had nicknames for his kids, his grandkids, everyone. He enjoyed going to the farmer's market every Thursday, in Redondo Beach Pier, going to the Casino's, Alondra park to feed the ducks, and going out to eat with his grandson DeMarco, going to Redondo beach and being outdoors. He loved going to the Long Beach Grand Prix. Onofre's hobbie was collecting caps, he always wore caps, and hats. He had a green thumb, always planting fruit trees in his backyard, and planting chilles. He was a jack of all trades, and loved having BBQ's with family and friends; he was always up for a party. Onofre loved dancing with his grandkids, and always exercised and encouraged all his grandkids to exercise with him. Onofre enjoyed listening and watching baseball, and the news, he always carried his little grey portable radio If you couldn't find him, you could always hear his radio, everywhere he went his little radio was sure to follow. Onofre loved listening to Mexican ballets. Onofre gave his family a lifetime of happy memories, and will be greatly missed as a husband, father, son in-law, grandfather, uncle and friend. "Apa, we all love you dearly. You were our Hero, Mentor, Pillar, Rock, and most of all the Patriarch of the Duran family." God only takes the best....now that you are an Angel, please continue to watch over us, guide us, protect us and keep our family united.

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  1. Granpa, I will miss when ever you would see me you would pretend to say something in Chinese. I love you, and I will miss you, Love Joanna

  2. I remembered when grandpa use to bring me back treats from Mexico, and would only bring me stuff because i use to help him rake the lawn but most of all i remembered when i would wake up early and see grandpa doing his exercises.Love you Grandpa, Donovan

  3. We are so sorry to hear the bad news of the departure of your dear dad. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We will miss seeing him at the St. Anthony’s annual Strawberry festival. We are there for what ever your family’s needs are call us. Love Ernie and Marela.

  4. I had allot of good memories with Grandpa “Papi” as I use to call him. He was a very generous and well rounded person always humble and very formal. The one thing I will always remember about Papi is how he always had the same schedule every Day: 1)Wake up early in the morning 2)Eat breakfast 3)Sit out side, and do yard work 4)Go inside eat dinner 5)And go to sleep That is one of the many memories that I expirienced with Onofre Jose Duran-Rodriguez

  5. Ricardo, Claudia and family, my deepest sympathy to you. Rest assure your dad is in a much more beautiful place now and one day you will meet again.

  6. Ricky my deepest condolences to you and your family. I know this must be very hard on you, but remember that God will not give you more than what you can’t handle. With god in your heart and lots of prayers you will be able to overcome this sorrow.

  7. My Prayers and Love are with all of you during this sensitive time in your life. Always look at the brightest star in the sky at night and know that your Dad is always looking down on you all…

  8. Ricky,Jose,Leticia,Sergio,Louis I am truly sorry to hear of your recent loss of your dad. I extend my sincere sympathy to all of you at what I know is a very sad and mournful time. I can tell you though that the very best way to mark his passing is by filling your mind with all of the wonderful memories you have of happier times. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you. May you find comfort in the outpouring of sympathy from all of us who share your loss. In Deepest Sympathy,

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