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Horace Wicker Duffin
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St. George, UT— Horace W. Duffin, June 1, 2014, St. George, Utah. Born May 31, 1932, in Bountiful, Utah, to Horace C. Duffin and Zelma Wicker Duffin. Duff graduated from Davis High in Bountiful, Utah in 1950, then went on to Utah State University in Logan, where he and his first wife had a daughter. After finishing his degree in aeronautical engineering, Duff worked for the Boeing Aircraft Company in Seattle, Washington. He and his family spent as much time as possible in the outdoors, skiing, camping, and hiking. In 1975, Duff married Neoma Stoefen. Neoma had four children when they met, and Duff immediately made them his own. After they retired from Boeing, he and Neoma moved to Sacramento, California, where they began a new career designing and building homes together. Duff became certified as a general contractor, and they ran a successful business for many years. In 2006, after the death of his beloved Neoma, Duff moved to St. George, Utah to be close to his sisters Helen Olson and Deanna Avis, his cousin Fawn Wicker Felt and her husband Pete, and his late brother Bob Duffin. Duff had an endearing quality that encouraged others to share confidences with him. Whether acting as Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge (Placerville, CA) or counseling a grandchild, Duff was always caring and sensitive to others’ needs. He loved to laugh, and his sense of humor brightened everyone’s life. He was also a deeply kind person, and his support and wisdom helped his family and friends through the hard times that life inevitably brings. Duff is also survived by two loving daughters, Katherine Austin (Philip, Vancouver, Canada) and Denise Collins (Donald, Vero Beach, FA), and three loving sons, Steven Sorenson (Patty, Coos Bay, OR), David Stoefen (Nancy), and Don Stoefen, both of Sacramento. He also leaves ten grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. 

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