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Hi I'm Duke

I'm a Mormon

About Me

Growing up I was a good student and played both varsity football and basketball. A attended both the U of A and ASU where I spent three years in engineering and ended up with a major in math and a minor in languages and industrial arts. We have three children, thirteen grandchildren and one great grandson that have a marvelous grandmother that is my wife and my partner in life. We have built a business that started out in the water well equipping and drilling business, then added investing in what became a large portfolio of most types of real estate that have been accumulated over a period of forty years. we have partnered in what became a chain of thirty five service stations, c stores and Sub Ways. We recently sold our one third interest to one of our partners. I have been working for over fifty years and have no plans for retirement.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a small primarily Mormon community with good parents but my father was not a member and I was not very interested in the church with the exception of the social activities. I went to the University of Arizona on a good scholarship where I found myself surrounded by non-believers and many professors who did not believe in God. I felt a need to know one way or another and this led me to take some religion classes that helped my grade point average, but most of all the professor cared about his students. The result was at the end of my second year I ended up going to Brazil for 32 months serving as a Mormon missionary. To the surprise of the family and the joy of my mother, my father encouraged me to go. It was a great education and a life changing experience that not only changed my life but the life of many others. Twenty years later, 1980 I found myself turning my business over to a great Catholic employee that was as honorable as anyone I have ever known and with some good help we were able to return to Brazil as a family to preside over the Brazil Curitiba Mission. It was great to find many Brazilian friends and with my wife and children we undertook the assignment to take care of plus or minus 130 young 18 year old men and women. Most of which were native Brazilians from relatively poor families and had little Church experience and an average education of the 7th grade. They had little vision of their potential but we watched, taught and shared American companions with them. They found that hard work, study and answered prayers changed young men and women into leaders and that hope can become a reality. Our children participated, learned a new language and come to love the Brazilians as their brothers and Sisters. It was an experience that changed our lives and literally changed hundreds along with us. Then again in 2003 with my wife, we returned to Brazil to help young Brazilians further their education.

How I live my faith

I have always realized that I am not perfect. The teachings of God and the prophets five me hope and faith. I know that God has a plan that offers everyone who has ever lived an opportunity to know of the redemption and grace given by His Son Jesus The Christ. This gives me joy and a knowledge that we can be together and I deem it a privilege to invite you to seek this joy.