Sunday, May 24, 2015

Duane Wilford Edling 1940 - 2004


Claudia Rae “Dee” Pace Edling, September, 2014

Duane went to the University of Southern California before his mission.  He went to Australia on his mission and wouldn't trade that experience for anything in the world. After returning home from his mission he went to BYU on and off for about 10 years, not completing his degree at this time. During these fun bachelor days he worked many odd jobs, the railroad, river rafting and many more. He made and kept a lot of good friends from his high school and college days.

Before we were married Duane had many adventures that only he could tell. We would laugh until we cried he was so funny.  It didn't matter how many times you heard his stories they were always great.  Once while in college he lit an M80 in a friend's car to throw out the window.  It missed and fell back into his lap. He flipped it onto the floor, opened the car door and jumped out.  The "bomb" went off and the car came to a stop. The car was full of smoke and the other guys in the car crawled out and had smoke coming out of their noses like "Ferdinand the Bull." (A book we read in school as young children.) There was a hole in the floorboard about 6 inches around. The kids loved to hear his stories, but he would only tell them when he was in the right mood.  Sometimes that was at a campfire, or with the young men from church. They all knew his stories. 

Once he took his mother's Cadillac with a bunch of guys down to Ensenada, Mexico.  They drove down on the beach and got out and did whatever it is young men do.  When they got ready to leave the tide had come in and the car was in water up to the doors.  They worked and worked trying to get out of the wet sand but could not.  Some locals tried to help them but couldn't.  They wound up spending the night and getting the car towed out of the sand the next day.

Duane worked as a research tech at St. Joseph's Hospital in the dialysis unit when I met him. He worked as a chemist in several positions over the next several years.  He worked at a Chili  factory in Santa Ana, CA and tested chili's to see how hot they were.  Most of the time it was lab work, but every day he had to taste test them twice a day.  There were a lot of funny stories that went with that place.

Duane loved to camp and hunt.  That was how I met Wilford and Relia.  He was going hunting with his friend Carvel, who was a pilot and rented a small plane.  They were going up to Utah on Friday and coming home on Tuesday.  The other two guys backed out at the last minute so Duane invited me to go with them on Thursday night. He called his mom and asked if he could bring some friends up with him.  She said "of course." Aunt Nell and Uncle Marlen picked us up at the airport and drove us to the Edling's house.  Aunt Nell jumped out of the car and ran in the house because she wanted to see the look on their faces when they found out the friend was a woman with a little girl.  I didn't know they didn't know about me.  Duane was very private and a little shy about girls, they didn't have any idea we had been dating for months.

We lived in Tustin, CA from 1975 to 1986. We moved to Norco, CA were we lived until he died.

None of our family ever hunted with him, but we went to Utah and stayed with Grandma and Grandpa while he hunted or we stayed home.  He quit hunting before the children were old enough to go with him.  He has quite a nice gun collection and has taught all the children safety and how to shoot.  He was always very careful, especially after he shot a hole in Des' curtains and window while he was cleaning an "unloaded gun." Our girls even like to target shoot. We
had many trips out to the desert and shot up things.

We tent camped every year as a family, something we all loved to do.  He would take us on hikes and watch the birds and sometimes fish.  His favorite places where the remote spots like Moses Gulch in California.  We girls weren't that crazy about the outhouses but the places he found  were beautiful.  We found a place near Santa Barbara, California where there is a small stream that runs through the camp ground.  He would drive through the stream in our big 15 passenger van and see how high he could get the water to go.  In the mornings and afternoons the deer would walk through our campsite.  Duane would get up early so he could enjoy them.  He loved the outdoors.

After we had been married for 9 years, and had four children, Duane went back to BYU to get his degree. He got his Bachelor’s degree in zoology, specifically in ornithology, but he always worked as a chemist.  He worked for McGaw Labs, working with pharmaceuticals. While working there alone one night there was an explosion in a refrigerator and if he hadn't been around a corner he might have been killed.  The door flew off the refrigerator and landed a couple hundred feet away. All the windows were blown out of the building and test tubes and glass went flying everywhere.  The people in the surrounding buildings thought a plane had crashed into the plant.  They had the bomb squad come out, with men in white jump suits and everything along with the fire dept. and police.  He was taken to the hospital and the only thing affected was his hearing.  There was an article about the incident in the paper the next day with his picture.  Many ward members and friends called to see if he was alright.  It was pretty scary. He worked for an oil company in Long Beach, CA for many years.  It changed hands and names about five times while he worked there.  The last was Ultramar, Inc.  That was his last place of employment.

He was called to be the Bishop of the Norco First Ward, Corona California Stake, November 18, 1990 to March 9, 1997.  He loved people and was loved by people.  As bishop he was greatly loved and respected. While serving as bishop he married our daughter Christine and her husband Michael.  It was a beautiful service held in our living room.

He shared a great love of the gospel with his father, Wilford.  They spent many hours late into the night discussing and researching gospel subjects.  In our ward Duane was considered a scholar.  People often came to him with questions and to get his view of things.  His favorite pastime in later years was studying the scriptures.

In 2001 Duane was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.  He was strong and always thought he would beat it.  The first thing they did was remove his esophagus, pulling his stomach up to his throat.  His biggest problem was that he was only allowed to eat a tablespoon of anything at a  time or he would get sick and throw it back up. That was especially hard for Duane since he was always a big eater. He could, and did, out eat almost anyone.  I think this was the most difficult of all challenges he faced as a cancer patient.  During the next two and a half years he had seven different types of chemo therapy, along with several radiation treatments.  He was an excellent patient, never complaining.  He usually could handle one outing or project a day, either morning, afternoon or evening.  He continued to work at a local prison one day a week, and of course went to church each week.

When Duane was first diagnosed we had our two youngest daughters still at home.  He wasn't feeling sick and the surgery was a few weeks off.  He asked each girl if there was anything they would like to do with their dad.  Karinne picked target shooting in the desert.  They went in our Bronco and slept in the car and had a great couple of days.  Tiffany picked deep sea fishing. They went out on charter boat and had a great time.  The kids all loved what he loved, because they loved being with him.  They have great memories with their dad.

His callings in church almost always involved the youth.  For the first 15 years of our marriage he worked with the young men and taught, counseled and played with them constantly.  They were always in our home.  They loved him. He was called to be a seventy just before we moved to Norco and worked with the missionaries, (more young men) who were also always in our home. Duane was called into the young men again in Norco, then into the bishopric, still over the young men and women.  On one of his birthdays the priests in our ward asked if they could come over after midnight and be the first to wish him happy birthday.  He didn't know they were coming and fell asleep in his recliner, reading.  The boys came in and toilet papered him in his chair, without him waking up.  He was completely covered, head to toe, except his nose.  They tickled his nose and he came up swatting at flies or whatever was on his nose. The boys thought it was hilarious, and told the story for years.

Photographs and primary sources: 

Relia and Wilford Edling, Duane's parents
1940 census
Duane and his mother Relia May Schade (Edling)

Duane and Larry, Parowan, Utah, about 1953.   

Hoover High photos from 1956 - 1958

California, 1960

USC 1960

Glendale City Directory, 1962

Glendale Directory, 1964

Glendale City Directory, 1970

 Marriage May 24, 1975

California Marriage Index, May 24, 1975

Wilford and Relia's 50th Wedding Anniversary with their children and their spouses: Dee Edling, Duane Edling, Des Edling Triplett, Wayne Triplett, Blaine Thomsen, Dawne Edling Thomsen, Relia and Wilford

The Duane Edling Family, Christmas 1997:  First Row: Brian, Karinne, and Tiffany.  Middle Row:  Jennifer, Brent, Christine.  Back Row:  Duane and Dee.

The Duane Edling Family, Christmas 1999: Children, Nathan and Nicholas Jacobson.  Back Row: Jennifer, Brent, Brian, Tiffany, and Karinne.  Front:  Duane, Dee, Michael Jacobson and Christine Pfaff Jacobson.

The Duane Edling Family Home in Norco, California

Claudia Rae “Dee” Pace Edling

Larry and Duane, about 1980

Duane at the home of Larry and Ann King 

Deslyn and Duane, November 10, 2003, South Jordan, Utah

Jennifer Edling and her husband Gene Russell. Children of Jennifer and Gene Russell:  Landon, Ashton, Aleyna, and Gavin Russell (below)

Michael and Christine Jacobson

Jessica and Brent Edling

The Brian Edling Family:  Children Front Row:  Violet, Daylon. Back: Sadie, Brian, Caleb, Jennifer, Keira

Jordan and Karinne Edling Talbot, June 2008.      

Brett and Tiffany Edling Orton, January 2008


Karinne Michelle Edling Talbot, September 2014

Duane Wilford Edling was my father. My name is Karinne Michelle Talbot, I am married to Jordan Elden Talbot, son of Kim Mills and Michael Talbot, and we have two beautiful daughters: Brynn Annaston Talbot born March 3, 2011and Brooke Nicole Talbot born December 17, 2013.

When I think of my father, Duane, I immediately think of him as a "good man." This may not sound eloquent or poetic, but my dad was definitely "good."  He was a good father and bishop. His goodness radiated from him and could be seen in all he did. From his choices of entertainment to his endless service, and to how he spoke with kindness to his children and others. The only music he listened to was classical music and hymns; and he was always going out of his way to help anyone in need.

In fact, whenever I think of him I picture him with his happy smile on his face. The image of my father that comes to mind whenever I think of him was from when I was a teenager.  He and I drove together to church and I picture him walking toward our seats with scriptures and several other church books in one hand, and waving to friends with his other hand and a smile on his face.

I have never questioned whether my father had a good relationship with Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. His testimony was evident in the way he chose to live his life. His favorite song was "I Believe in Christ" and when I asked him why it was his favorite, he said that the lyrics to this song were the words of his testimony.  At Christmas, I went with my mother to pick out Christmas cards and I thought we should get the cards with snowmen on it, but she told me that Dad wanted Christmas to be about Christ and he would rather get cards that had a picture of Christ.

Within a few weeks of Dad's death I had a talk with him.  He told me two things that I will always remember and cherish.  First, he asked me if I knew what he wanted more than anything, what his biggest goal in life was.  I don't remember my answer but I said something jokingly like, "I don't know, run track in the Olympics?" Then, Dad was very serious when he said, "No, I want more than anything for our family to be reunited in Heaven in the celestial kingdom. You make sure that you live worthily to make it back to our Heavenly Father." The second thing my dad told me during our discussion is very personal to me.  I debated whether or not to include it in this family journal, but it is something I want my kids to know.  Dad told me, "When you get married, get married in the temple.  And, when you do, save a seat for me because I will be there." At our wedding Jordan and I did save a seat for him, and I know that he was there.

Though Dad never met my husband, Jordan, I know that they would have gotten along well.  They both have easy smiles and a similar sense of humor. They both find joy and wit in everyday life.  I know it will be a good day when Jordan meets my father.  I can see the two instantly becoming buddies.

There are many ways that Dad and I are alike as well. He and I both enjoy running. He ran distance track for USC. When I chose to run track in high school he came to most all my home meets, and he helped to train me on Saturday mornings. He would take me to a local ballpark and run me through hillsides and drills.

Another fond memory I have of him was when I was 15 years old and he was teaching me to drive a car. Mom was nervous to take me to practice driving so Dad took me. As I was driving and he was sitting in the passenger seat .  He had a smile on his face and was cracking jokes, while periodically casually instructing me. His voice sounded at ease, and his temperament calm, but I knew that he was terrified because he had an arm out the window holding onto the roof of the car with a grip so tight his knuckles were white.  At the time I was nervous but he tried so hard to remain calm that I was able to focus and feel comfortable behind the wheel.  Now I look back and laugh at the situation, but at the time I was very grateful for his calm demeanor.

My father was diagnosed with cancer when I was a junior in high school. I drove him to several of his doctor appointments and treatments. He was continually optimistic and cheerful. No matter how much pain he was feeling he kept a smile on his face and cracked jokes to help us kids from hurting. I hardly knew how much pain, until one particular treatment that I drove him to. After the treatment, he struggled to get into the car and it took him several minutes to begin to breathe properly.  His face was sickly green and his hands were slightly shaking.  However, by the time we were close to home he had on his happy smile once again.  No matter the pain, he fought the cancer, and he fought it with a smile.

After being diagnosed and going through several treatments he took Mom, Tiff and I to SeaWorld.  He was able to walk around and go to a few shows with us for a few hours in the morning, but by the afternoon he was spent.  He laid down on a grassy hill because he could not continue to walk.  Mom, Tiffy, and I went to shows and exhibits and checked on Dad periodically.  By late afternoon he had moved to the nurses' station where he laid on a bed and sipped on water.  Not one time throughout the entire day did he complain.  We came to visit him several times and with each visit he was happy to see us and excited to hear about the animals and shows we saw. He never asked us to go home or allowed his discomfort to seem like it was bothering him.

If I could sum up Dad with a couple of words they would be: Christ like, happy, and good.                                                                                                                                                                 
Karinne Michelle Edling Talbot


 Larry Edling King, March 2008

My time with Duane was when I was young, from childhood up through High School in Parowan , and then again when I was older, just before Duane died.  In the interim, we saw each other on occasions, especially at various family affairs, but not much else.

Our time together in youth was a total delight.  Duane came to Parowan often.  We were intensely active and always into some mischief, usually involving teasing one of my girlfriends.  He too, like Gaylene, loved the country life, being around the animals, riding horses, and going up into the mountains.

At one time, because of severe allergies Aunt Relia, Duane's mother, brought the family to Salt Lake leaving Uncle Wilford in California.  She and the family stayed with her mother up on the Avenues, just a half block from the entrance to the road that circles Memory Grove.  I have two vivid memories from their stay at that home.  Duane was an excellent artist.  Once we drew horses.  His was beautiful, while mine was like some building blocks tossed together. At that time, I wouldn't accept that his horse was far better done than mine.  He didn't quarrel or boast about the matter.  Duane was not like that.  He was fair and even-tempered.

Duane was daring. Above his grandmother's home and the road going around Memory Grove was a steep hill of gravel. Duane used to climb up to the top, which was about a half a block and then slide down on his feet. Once, I went with him, but only once. The slide filled me with fear.

Parowan was a delight for Duane while California was the same for me. Wilford and Relia treated me well; but it was Duane and I that were best buddies. They lived for a time on Sierra Bonita in a home with a tower-like balcony on the second floor of the front of the home. Duane and I had bean shooters and would hide up there waiting for people to come by on the walk below. When they did, we shot our beans at them, occasionally with a "hit," and quickly ducked down behind the waist high balcony wall. I don't know that anyone knew where the beans came from. We went for long walks to little stores about a mile of two away, purchased little model cars and airplanes, stepped on all the snails on the front sidewalk every morning, and used the swing attached to the garage to leap high in the air. It was a great time.

Later they moved to Glendale, to a wonderful community of lovely homes.  The next­ door neighbor had a swimming pool, as did a doctor friend up the street.  We swam a lot. Aunt Relia often took us on outings: sometimes to Knox Berry Farm and other times to the Hale Theatre to watch their corny plays.  There was always something to do.  They had a big avocado tree in the backyard.  No one ate them.  Duane and I would wait until the fruit was soggy rotten and then throw them at one another.  We also had squirt gun fights using black ink in the guns.  I can still remember spending an afternoon cleaning up cement walks around the home with a scrub brush after an ink fight.

Duane was game to do almost anything.  He was truly daring in every degree.  He was just plain fun to be with.  There was nothing mean about him.  

He suffered from a stuttering disorder that caused him much embarrassment in life.  Sometimes when excited, it was hard to know what he meant when speaking.

Once I left Parowan, Duane and I rarely saw one another. 

While at BYU, he was a track star but had a hard time finishing school…However, he did so, married, and raised a nice family.  In his later years, he became a bishop in California and was much loved of the congregation.  Duane was thoughtful and kind.  He was a good bishop, husband, and father.

At the end of his life, when he was dying of cancer, I drove down to California to visit him some three times. I also spoke with his wife Dee on many occasions. These were pleasant times. We became reacquainted again, but this time in a mature way.  He was ready to leave mortality having lived a good life and leaving a fine posterity behind.  I have the fondest memories of him.


 Deslyn Renee Edling Triplett Grant, July 2009

Duane was born to Wilford and Relia Edling on February 22, 1940, in Los Angeles, California. He was the youngest of their three living children. As a small child he was greatly enamored with horses. He could draw them, cut them out free hand with scissors and imitate their neighs. He made hurdles out of broom handles and chairs that he could jump over while running on all fours. He devised a way to imitate the clip clop sound of horses’ hooves by holding individual aluminum jello cups in his hands. On weekends, his mother would take him to the stockyards to look at the horses in the flesh.

He attended school when the family moved to Glendale, CA, at Mark Keppel Elementary, Toll Jr. High and Hoover High schools.  In high school he ran cross country track.  It was a grueling sport for him but he persevered.  After graduation he attended one year at the University of Southern California before going to Australia as a missionary for two years. When he came home the fraternity environment was not appealing to him, so he transferred to the BYU.

As a young person, Duane struggled with stuttering.  Relia took him to UCLA to a speech therapist weekly.  The young woman he saw helped him to bypass the situations that caused severe blocks for him.  As a missionary he practiced the presentations to the cows by his apartment.  He was a successful missionary and came home with his speech less affected than it had been before.
He was a young man who loved a good time and was popular with his friends. His friends affectionately called him Wilfy Brows because of his heavy eyebrows that came together in the middle of his forehead.  They were a very creative group of young men.  One night
they staged a mafia style kidnapping in front of the local movie theater.  Duane borrowed his mother's big, black Chrysler for the caper.  They caused quite a stir on the main street. Another time they scaled the back fence of Disneyland and got caught by security.  The police took the kids home to their parents to be chastised.

Duane loved guns. He and his friends loved to ride through the desert and shoot rabbits. He and his dad, Wilford, had a yearly date to go out in the desert and target practice.  He shot out more than one window in an automobile and bedroom.  It's a good thing the bedroom overlooked an orange grove.  Duane also loved animals.  He always had a dog and when he married Dee, they had a collection of animals at their house.  They had dogs, cats, a tortoise, fish, hermit crabs and even a pig amongst their menagerie.

He spent several years at BYU without finding a satisfactory major so he went to Orange County to live with his sister Deslyn and her family.  Duane got a job as a technician in the kidney dialysis clinic at St Joseph Hospital in Orange. He met Claudia Rae Pace while living with the Tripletts.  They were married in the Los Angeles Temple on May 14, 1975. 

Claudia (Dee) had a little girl, Christi.  In the years that followed they added Brent, Jennifer, Brian, Corrine and Tiffany. Duane was the only male offspring bearing the Edling surname from the children of Carl and Anna Edling .  The family now has the Edling name perpetuated through Duane's sons.

Duane went back to BYU with the blessing of his family and received a degree in Biology after which he was employed by an oil company in the research lab in Long Beach, CA.  Duane and Dee sold their home in Tustin and moved to a home in Norco.

All of his adult life Duane was involved with the Young Men's groups.  The boys loved him as he was so full of fun.  He could out hike any of them wearing old beat up tennis shoes and carrying a full pack that might even include an inflatable boat.  He was always up for an adventure. 

Duane was ordained a bishop and took his responsibilities seriously.  It was an opportunity for him to use his love for people in a new and different context.  He served faithfully and after his release he was afflicted with esophageal cancer.  He had suffered for many years with acid reflux disorder and it finally conquered him.


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