The funeral service will be live-streamed for those who cannot attend and can be viewed here.
Mark ElRay Duncan, age 69, of Ballard, passed away May 28, 2021. After finishing the daily chores that he loved, he left this earthly life from an apparent heart attack with his dog by his side.
He was born November 29, 1951, in Roosevelt to ElRay Peter and Bonnie Jean Chivers Duncan. He married Patricia Ann "Trisha" Jenkins on December 7, 1972, in the Salt Lake Temple.
Mark spent the first years of his working life in the oilfield, but "retired" at age 30 so that he could pursue his life-long dream of owning and operating a dairy farm. Farming was his passion because he could not only be outside most of the time, but more importantly he was able to be with his family and be available for them. He told people he was the luckiest man alive because he got to do what he loved the most with the people he loved the most. It taught his kids and grandkids how to work. He was a very humble man and content with the simple things in life; he had his priorities straight. He had a thirst for knowledge and trying new things. The only thing that stopped him from mastering these interests was that there weren't enough hours in the day. He could grow anything from fruits and vegetables to kids and cows. One of his favorite sayings was, "Chocolate and Vaseline cure everything, but don't get the two mixed up!"
Mark was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was currently serving as Bishop of the Ballard Ward. He had a great love for all youth, especially his grandkids. His family rarely heard him say "I Love You" or give them a hug, but they all knew he loved them because of the way they were cared for and treated by him. He had a knack for calling and sending sincere and heartfelt messages to family and others and knowing just when those were needed. His unconditional love and humility will be deeply missed.
Mark is survived by his wife, Trisha, of Ballard; children, Marsha Perry; Marilyn Duncan, both of Roosevelt; Michelle (JD) Horrocks, Neola; Larry (Tiffany) Duncan, Dennis (Lesa) Duncan, Wayne (Kelly) Duncan, all of Roosevelt; 25 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; mother, Bonnie Duncan, Neola; siblings, Steven "Beaver" (Gwen) Duncan, Keith (Debbie) Duncan, both of Neola; Laurie (Tom) Davis, currently serving a mission in Hawaii; Cory (Pam) Duncan, St. George; Marianne (Steve) Searcy, Lehi, numerous nieces and nephews, and his trusty sidekick, his red heeler Andy.
He was preceded in death by his son, Lucas; father, ElRay; parents-in-law, Junior & Rola Jenkins, and George Perry.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 4, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the Ballard Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There will be a viewing on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Hullinger Mortuary and on Friday from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at the church. The services will be live-streamed and can be viewed here or at the link below.
Burial will be in the Roosevelt Memorial Park.