Peter F. Durand
Pete Durand passed away Sunday morning, December 5th, at Cottage Hospital after a lengthy illness. Pete was born to Eleanor and David Durand in Highland Park, Illinois and grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin where as a boy he was taught to sail by international sailing champion, Buddy Melges. He also loved snow skiing and enjoyed going to Aspen to ski and teach skiing. As a young man he pursued a career in sales in the greater Chicago area. In 1985 Pete moved to Santa Barbara where he continued his careers in sales and professional recruiting. Later in his life he enjoyed an active retirement conducting wine tours through the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley that he loved. These tours provided Pete with the perfect opportunity to talk and laugh with people from all walks of life and from all over the world as they shared amusing and heartfelt stories with one another.
Pete’s big spirit, warm heart, quick wit and wonderful sense of humor will be missed by many but most especially by his immediate family – wife, Wana, daughter, Molly, stepson and wife, Chris and Erin Henson, (and their children Chloe and Emma), and sister and brother in law, Sharon and Jim Werner (and their children Stephanie, Glenn and Leslie), and Gail and Michael Wheeler. Pete will also be very missed by his favorite buddy, SadieCat.
In lieu of flowers, and in honor of the many devoted physicians who cared for Pete over the years and kept the “old Chevy” he called his body running against all odds, please consider sending a note of thanks to your own favorite doctor.