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Duane Mortensen

Duane Harlow Mortensen died Sept. 11 in Grass Valley. He was 76.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Hooper & Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City. Graveside services will be held at noon, Thursday, Sept. 18, at Greenwood Memorial Gardens in Grass Valley. Eli Hooper will officiate. Burial will take place at Greenwood Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Mortensen was born Sept. 17, 1931, in Denver to Jens and Inez (Hosier) Mortensen. He attended Covina High School in Southern California. He entered the U.S. Navy in May 1950 and was honorably discharged in May 1954. He married LaVonna Woods in November 1952 in El Monte.



Mr. Mortensen worked as a truck driver for 45 years until retirement. He was a member of the National Drag Boat Association and was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed drag boat racing and giving his grandchildren rides on his motorized wheelchair.

Mr. Mortensen is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law Karyn and Roger Rodenbeek of Las Vegas, Diane and Chris Harris of Woodbury, N.J., Debbie and Lee Phillips of Nevada City, and Cyndi and Richard Clay of Roseville; brother, Donald Mortensen; ex-wife, LaVonna Mortensen; grandchildren Barry, Aaron and Nate Phillips, April and Patrick Murphy, Ryan and Caitlyn Everson, and Mathew and Dana Rodenbeek, and great-grandchildren Max, Sophia, Ashby, Kellen, Oliver, Kayla, Zachary, Andrew, Jason and Jacob.




He was preceded in death by his father, Jens H.; mother, Inez I., and sister-in-law, JoAnn Mortensen.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Rifle Association.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.


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