Donald Duer, CRNA
Submitted by Daniel Simonson, CRNA, MHPA
Donald Duer was born May 31, 1930, in Bradwell, Saskatchewan, Canada; he died August 20, 2013, in Spokane, Wash. Don was a devoted husband and father. He committed his life to serving the needs of others. He chose the U.S. Air Force to serve his country in both Korea and Vietnam. After being a medic in Korea, he married Evelyn Sutherland Duer, reenlisted as a nurse anesthetist, and retired as Major in 1974 after 23 years of service.
Don was a long-time Washington Association of Nurse Anesthetists (WANA) member, serving as president in 1980. He was the first CRNA to serve on the Washington Board of Nursing.
Having traveled the world, Don and Evelyn chose Spokane to build their home and raise their family. Don and Evelyn were married 42 years when she died in 1996. Years later, he married Bonnie Patton Duer, who died earlier this year. Don’s four older brothers also have died. Don is survived by his younger sister, Jean Thomason, his children John and Cindy, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild and soon to be one more. Don was a 32nd degree Mason, a leader and teacher by quiet example. He was a charitable and kind man that touched many people. Don has requested a private gathering.