Herman “Duane” Meier was born February 9, 1953 in Perryton, Texas to his parents, Herman and Emma Meier, of Beaver County, Oklahoma. Duane began his elementary education at Garrett Schools and later attended Darrouzett Schools, where he graduated high school in 1971. He completed one year of college coursework at Oklahoma Panhandle State University before transferring to Southwestern Oklahoma State University. At SWOSU Duane joined the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in business and later worked towards an MBA.
Duane was a proud farmer and rancher on his family’s farm, where he worked alongside his brothers. Duane volunteered much of his time serving as a Rotarian, with the Jaycees, and as a Mason. Duane had a raucous laugh and the mind of an engineer, and was always creating and tinkering with his inventions. He loved golfing, playing chess, traveling, and was a voracious reader.
Duane had many different careers and wore many hats in his life, but of all of them he was the most proud of his work with the Beaver Volunteer Fire Department. Duane served over twenty years as a firefighter, worked as an EMT with Beaver County Emergency Medical Services, and worked with Emergency Management as a storm spotter. Duane was incredibly proud of his contribution to his community.
Duane married his wife, La Donna, on August 16, 2013. Together they loved to explore and see the sights in their travel trailer, and they enjoyed time with their three beloved dogs at their home in Beaver.
Duane is preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister Baby Girl, and his grandson, Zachary Rife. Duane passed on Friday, December 3, 2021. He is survived by his wife, La Donna, of Beaver, Oklahoma, his daughter, Shayla Danner, of Beaver, his son, Hayden Meier, of Denver, Colorado, his daughter, Chelsey Wright (Kevin), of Colorado Springs, Colorado, ten grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, his brother, Charlie (Susan) of Littlefield, Texas, his brother, Tom, of Laverne, Oklahoma, his brother, RJ, of Beaver, and a host of other beloved relatives and dear friends.