Marvin "Ken" DurantSeptember 18, 1928 ~ September 30, 2017 (age 89)
Marvin Kenneth Durant, known to all of his friends and family as “Ken,” went to meet his Lord and beloved wife on September 30, 2017 in Plano, Texas. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy of family and friends and a full, adventurous life.
Ken was born on September 18, 1928 to his parents, Carl Victor and Bertha May Durant in Granbury, TX. He went on to graduate high school in Granbury where he met the love of his life, Catherine and on March 25, 1946 they were married. The marriage lasted nearly 70 years before Catherine proceeded Ken in death. Even to the end of his days, he frequently talked about Catherine, their life together, and how much he deeply loved her. He couldn’t wait to be reunited with his beloved wife.
During the time of World War II, Ken was deemed too young to serve in the military, but he still supported his country by working at a plant that manufactured bomber airplanes during the war. Ken and Catherine started their family in Mineral Wells, TX where Ken had several successful business ventures before moving the family to Dallas, TX around 1979. One of his businesses in Dallas was in the rental car industry with American International, where he was a beloved franchise owner. So much so that when he relocated to Denver, Colorado for a time, many of his employees followed to continue working for him. Upon returning to Dallas in 1985, Ken fulfilled his passion for cars by becoming an independent automotive dealer working under the company name Dallas Vehicle Management. He loved selling cars and providing clients with great service. Most of his sales business relied on repeat customers and referrals, which he continued until his retirement.
When Ken was not working throughout most of his life, he had many passions and hobbies. Ken was an avid baseball fan, in fact, as a young man he dreamed of becoming a professional player. In Mineral Wells, he loved boating and waterskiingwhere he was also a Mason. In Dallas, he was an active member at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas even before the church moved to Plano, Texas. He also loved to work in his yard over the weekends. However, above all that life could offer, Ken loved his family most of all. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather who loved and took care of his family. He always had an amusing story to share or a joke to tell, often making smiles and laughter within the room. His love for his family and friends blessed so many and was an example for all.
Marvin Kenneth “Ken” Durant is survived by daughter, Tammy Durant, of Dallas, TX, his son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Durant and Tamara Durant of Lake Dallas, TX; his grandchildren, Brandon Kenneth Durant and Brittany Kay-Lyn Durant; his two sisters and brother-in-laws, Patsy and Ken Brown of Azle, TX, and Joy and James Loftin of Granbury, TX; as well as numerousnieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of almost 70 years, Catherine Durant and his parents, Carl and Bertha May Durant. The service of Mr. Martin Kenneth Durant will take place on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Prestonwood Baptist Church at 10:00 AM. Mr. Durant will be laid to rest in Acton, Texas in Acton Cemetery the following day, Thursday, October 5, 2017, at 11:30 AM.