Capt. Jerome "Jerry" M. Duran

October 31, 1942 to January 18, 2018

Capt. Jerome “Jerry” M. Duran (USMC) passed away Thursday, Jan.18, 2018 at UCSD Medical Center in San Diego, CA with his family at his side.

Jerry was born in Greybull, WY on Oct. 31, 1942 to the late Francisco and Clotilde Duran.  A beloved brother, husband, father, and grandfather, he is survived by his wife of 52-years Sylvia B. Duran, daughters Vivian (deceased), Monica, and Cynthia; brother Sam Duran; sisters Linda Rivas, MaryAnn Garcia, Martha Duran Perry; grand-children Mario, Nikol, Enrique, and Rebecca.

Jerry was a big-hearted, giving man who saw the world differently.  He was the first to volunteer to help out in any way, always eager to give.

He was also a proud Marine, and was honorably discharged after 21-years of service.  He lived and breathed the Marine Corps motto ‘Semper Fidelis’, signing his e-mails proudly this way. He was a loyal, and dedicated servant to his country, serving as a part of the Diplomatic corps in Bolivia and Brazil early in his military career. He was commended for meritorious service for going above and beyond the ordinary call of duty for his intelligence and courage during his time in Brazil, and was one of Robert Kennedy’s body guards in1965 during Mr. Kennedy’s South American tour.

Jerry served his country proudly in Vietnam from 1969 to 1971, experiencing over 400 hours of combat. His career as an Electronics Warfare and Communication Specialist took him and his family to posts in Germany, Spain and North Carolina.

He received the following recognition for his service:

  • Navy Commendation Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Vietnam Campaign Medal
  • Vietnam Service Medal with 4*
  • Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
  • Cuban Humanitarian Service Medal
  • Air Combat Crewman Insignia
  • Air Medal with 1*
  • Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Commendation cross of Gallantry with Palm
  • Navy Unit Commendation

After he left the Marine Corps, Jerry pursued an entrepreneurial career in business in La Paz, Bolivia working for the U.S. Embassy and in the ex-pat community; he held many positions with the Mayor’s office in La Paz, Bolivia.  After returning to the U.S. in the early 90’s Jerry worked as the Business Services Officer for the Long Beach Conservation Corps, was a Civil  Contractor with U.S. Customs, held senior leadership positions at the Urban Conservation Corps and Charter School San Diego, and served as the Director for the Recycling Program at Coronado in San Diego.

He was persistent, and tenacious in continuously improving himself, leaving us with his incredible work ethic and passion for reading.


  • Date: January 24, 2018
  • Time: 12:00 (please arrive by 11:30)
  • Location: Miramar National Cemetery
  • Address: 5795 Nobel Drive San Diego, CA 92122
  • Directions: Miramar National Cemetery

Celebration of his life:

  • Date: January 24, 2018
  • Time: 1:00 PM
  • Location: The Urban Conservation Corps and Charter School
  • Address: 3127 Jefferson Street, San Diego, Ca 92110
  • Directions: The Urban Corps Conservation Corps and Charter School

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the San Diego Chapter of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) or the Urban Corps of San Diego.


Celebration of Life


  • Date: January 24, 2018
  • Time: 12:00 Noon
  • Location: Miramar National Cemetery
  • Address: 5795 Nobel Drive San Diego, CA 92122
  • Directions: Miramar National Cemetery

Will never forget Jerry. We can be as good but never better. All my best to Ms. Duran and family. and Jerry's sister's and brother Sam.

luis valdes II on February 04, 2018

I’m very sorry for your loss. The whole family in Chile is thinking of you and sending lots of love. A big hug!

Maria Cacilia Basaure on January 26, 2018

May he Rest In Peace. Our condolences to all his family and friends.

Salvador Almance & Family on January 25, 2018

Queridas Moni y Cindy, siento mucho su pena, Tengo recuerdos preciosos del Jerry y tu mami, que encuentren en Dios la fortaleza para estos duros momentos, quiero que sepan que a pesar del tiempo y la distancia ustedes están en mi corazón , que Dios las bendiga.

Tati Tapia on January 24, 2018

Familia Duran Basaure Mis más sentidas condolencias! Un honor haber conocido a Jerome, infinitos recuerdos de todas sus enseñanzas, al lado de mi querida Viví que seguro ahora estará dándole un abrazo en el cielo. Las quiero mucho!! Estoy de corazón con ustedes!!

Samantha Galindo on January 24, 2018

Silvita y familia con inmenso cariño les abrazamos a la distancia y elevamos nuestras oraciones para que Dios lo tenga en su reino

Familia Montero on January 24, 2018