Harold Lewis Duval


Harold Lewis Duval passed away November 14, 2021.

Harold Lewis Duval passed away November 14, 2021. He was born May 10, 1938 to Dorine and Lindsey Duval at the Eugene Hospital and Clinic. When he was 6 weeks old he underwent a major surgery on his digestive system. He lived all his life in Oregon. His childhood he lived with his parents and brother Floyd on a farm with duck ponds near Alvadore. His schooling was in the Junction City District, where he graduated high school in 1956. He worked and played on the farm, he enjoyed riding his horse Smokey going on many adventures. He had many aunts, uncles and cousins in the area. On April 29, 1960 he married Judy Gibbons. They had 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren and their in-law children. Harold and Judy bought their first home in Mapleton on the river, and enjoyed it very much, but after 5 years of dealing with high water in winters they decided to buy a home up Stagecoach Road, in the Swisshome area. He so enjoyed it for almost 52 years, his memory will live on there. When the children were young he built a moto cross track for them to ride and practice on to prepare them for moto cross racing. The two boys did the racing and the whole family loved watching and being part of it. The tradition has carried on with the grandchildren and great grandchildren. Always love camping, swimming, fishing at the river. Harold would go every morning on his four wheeler to feed the chipmunks down by the river and while there he would pick up limbs and always check his mole traps which he was quite an expert at catching moles. After he quit keeping cattle or Captain the horse on the property he mowed the whole place and it always looked well groomed. Harold always grew a bountiful garden and liked sharing the bounty. There is a story with many of his trees. His great joy was with his family grandkids riding his 4 wheeler and great grandkids riding with him or the cart on behind if to many of them and bounce around the track.  He enjoyed hunting elk, deer, camping and fishing. Did little traveling but just enjoyed being home. Harold enjoyed visiting with family, friends, and complete strangers to share little history and listen to their stories. Loved watching his family participate in sports and watching the local kids too and followed the U of O girls’ basketball team, the Pac 12 sports football, and his favorite team U of O boys. He worked in the woods industry and then started running heavy equipment for Les and Lewy Simington Logging, then he went to US Plywood and ran the log loaders for over 20 years when that job ended because of environmental issues. He worked at several odd jobs then and went to False Island Alaska for about 8 months to work, he liked getting to see the area and enjoy the wildlife but didn’t like being away from loved ones and his home. Then he landed a job at Forest Service where he ran heavy equipment and worked on fish habitat, that job ended but was able to go to BLM and worked on heavy equipment keeping roads up and brush control. He retired at 62.  He volunteered for many years on the Mapleton School District Board and Budget Committee, the Swisshome Fire department and Board and in the STEP fish program for several years. He got the salmon eggs and raised fish until they were ready to release into the rivers and tributaries. Harold is survived by his wife Judy, Sons and wives, Randy and Laurie and Bruce and Kathy Duval, daughter DeAnn and Randy Beers, grandsons and wives Brandon and Jessica LaChapelle, Casey and Carly, Lee and Krista, Jesse and Heather Duval Nick and Mitchell LaChapelle an Nova Wheeler, granddaughter and husband Lindsey and Esa Korkeakoski, great grandchildren Wyatt, Annalee, Jacob, Parker, Colton, Garrett, Weston, Raylee and Brooklyn Duval and Owen, Jacey and Brayden LaChapelle, and Easton and Emersyn Korkeakoski. His brothers daughters Heather Comstock and family and Brenda Duval and family, his wives sisters Evelyn   and Bud Bitler and Linda and Kirby Mercer and many cousins. Harold and I made a $5 bet we would never say we hated each other, we both were not a looser we were both winners. Harold was proceeded in death by his parents Dorine and Lindsey Duval and brother Floyd Duval, his grandparents Ash and Annie Bailey and Marion and Maude Duval. Memorial service will be held at Swisshome Evangelical Church, December the 11, Saturday at 1:00 PM, officiated by Pastor Bryan Moore. In lieu of flowers those wishing to may contribute to Swisshome Evangelical Church Benevolent Fund.  A gathering and luncheon will be hosted at Randy and Laurie Duval place on Stage Coach Road in their large wood heated shop, everyone is invited who have time to stop by.

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