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David Doyle Duke Sr.
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A graveside service was held Friday at Ceres Memorial Park for David Doyle Duke Sr., 69, of Ceres. He died Jan. 15, 2012 at his home, surrounded by family members, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Born Nov. 3, 1942 in Van Nuys, David moved to Modesto as a youngster. He participated in sports in school and attended Modesto High School. He married Patsy Oldham, a high school sweetheart, who gave him two sons during 52 years of marriage. After 10 years in Modesto, he moved his family to a horse ranchette in rural Ceres. Mr. Duke belonged to the Horse Riding Club C-C in Ceres. He held up to three jobs simultaneously, including 12 years at National Can, then worked as an independent lumper at Campbell's Soup, and Merchant's Refrigeration Company where he retired after 23 years. An avid fisherman, David belonging to the Bass Fisherman's Club, enjoyed golfing and was a 49ers and Giants fan. Mr. Duke was a member of the Ceres Christian Church.

He leaves behind his wife, Patsy Sue Duke of Ceres; two sons, David Doyle Duke Jr. and Kenneth "Kenny" Collier Duke; two granddaughters, Christy Lee Clifford and Jennifer Marie Duke Estrada; and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents Raymond K. Duke and Juanita Duke.

-Ceres Courier/ January 25, 2012