Duane David Simon

1936 – 2013
Duane David Simon


Duane David Simon, 76, a house designer and landscape consultant, died Sunday, Sept. 22, in his Cedar City, UT, home after a long illness. Born Dec. 12, 1936, in Dillon, Duane never forgot his roots, even though he and his wife moved to Utah in 1983. He remained involved with his hometown, most recently designing a performance pavilion project for the downtown Jaycee Park, which he originally designed in 1972. The park won a national convention “Project of the Year” award for the local Jaycees in 1974.

Passionately interested in adaptive reuse of buildings and in solar energy, Duane had a varied career. Highlights included a 2005 first-place Iron County Parade of Homes design and a 1999 national first-place recognition for a “Third Millennium Home” he designed as a member of a Dona Ana Branch Community College (New Mexico) team. In 1996, he was project manager for the completion of the Parowan, Utah, Heritage Park. He designed an addition for the University Mountain Center of Southern Utah University (SUU) in 1991 and planned and supervised construction of a solar-enhanced Habitat for Humanity home in Logan, UT, in 1989. He also worked as a painting contractor in Dillon, a landscape architect with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and a Cedar City’s Public Works inspector.

 A lifelong learner, Duane held degrees from Montana State University and had completed coursework at SUU, Utah State, Washington State and Western Montana College. He was very close to finishing an additional degree in the SUU engineering department. 

 Survivors include: his wife, Julie (Clark) Simon, of Cedar City; a sister, Mona Burns, of Costa Mesa, CA; a sister-in-law, Janice Simon, of Fairmont, MN; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by: his parents, AJ and Louis (Ohm) Simon; a sister, Sharon; and a brother, Ray.

 Southern Utah Mortuary is handling arrangements for cremation. A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in Cedar City’s St. Jude’s Episcopal Church. An additional memorial will be held this summer in Dillon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Duane’s name to the Kanab Best Friends Animal Society (go to http://bestfriends.org/ and follow the “donate” link, indicating Duane as the person being honored and providing simon@suu.edu as the notification link) or to the SUU Department of Engineering Technology (go to http://www.suu.edu/ad/advancement/giving.html). Online condolences can be made at www.sumortuary.com.