Peter Arthur Durand
Peter Arthur Durand unexpectedly passed away Aug. 13.
Peter had a very adventurous life, beginning in Regensburg, Germany, while his father was stationed there. As a child, he traveled the world. Both of his parents were artists. He and his siblings, from early on, were taught and exposed to the many art mediums from oils to sculpture.
His life travels took him to work on barges on the Mississippi River, where he met the love of his life, Mary Jo. Their journeys continued on to the Redwoods of California, the shores of Maui, the bustle of Las Vegas and the beauty of Whidbey Island.
Peter’s passion for art inspired everyone he came in contact with. He excelled in watercolors, oils and sculpture. Influenced by his father in recent years, his skills grew in linoleum printmaking. He enjoyed connecting with people at farmers markets and festivals where he sold his art. He touched many lives and loved his community.
He was a talented musician playing various flutes and string instruments, and even creating his own homemade flutes. He loved the ocean and enjoyed swimming, surfing, kayaking, flying kites and paragliding. Peter cherished the simplicity of life. He loved spending quality time with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his son, Robin Durand of New Orleans; daughter, Alysia D. Mckee of Maui, Hawaii; his wife of 41 years, Mary Jo (MJ) of Coupeville; and siblings, Diana Durand and David Durand.
A celebration of life for Peter will be held from 7 p.m. until sunset on Sunday, Aug. 23, at the Coupeville Wharf. A memorial service on Maui will be held at a later date. Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences at www.whidbeymemorial.com