Coach Archie Duran Memorial Fund
When beloved educator and track coach Arcadio “Archie” Duran Jr. died in a bus accident bringing his Irvin High girls track team home from a track meet in Lubbock. His passing left a huge hole in the lives of his students, fellow teachers and administrators, friends and loved ones. Aside from being a coach and teacher, he was a wonderful brother, son, father and mentor. We established the Coach Archie Duran Memorial Fund (CADMF) in 2018 to provide scholarships for the El Paso students that Coach Duran cared so much about. In addition, our goal is to continue to expand the fund to provide teachers with much needed school supplies, and help support school athletic events and programs. Since forming the Archie Duran Memorial Fund, we've held an annual 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk, car washes, yard sales, and more. Through our fundraising efforts, we've raised enough funds to provide twenty El Paso student-athletes with college scholarships to help further their education, something Coach Duran was very passionate about. The CADMF has donated backpacks, school supplies and more since inception. On Behalf of the Duran Family and the future generation- THANK YOU for your donation!

Causes: Advocacy, Children and Youth, Education

Letter from a Family Member….

How do I put into words a lifetime of memories and moments that make up who and what he was? Arcadio “Archie” Duran was a special kind of person. Our Mom often tells the story of how Archie was not your ordinary toddler, Archie always wanted to run free. So free that on several occasions, he broke the bars off his crib in order to be free to run around, play and enjoy his surroundings. It makes sense that he would enjoy sports so much as it allowed him to run free and enjoy the outdoors.

Archie began playing football and baseball at the young age of 8. He attended Lee Elementary, Magoffin Middle School and went on to graduate from Irvin High School in 1988. While at Magoffin Middle School, Archie joined the football and track teams. Excelling as a student and athlete. As a student at Magoffin, our brother Manny remembers how Archie would see fellow students struggling with their homework and would jump in to help. Other times, unbeknownst to anyone, Archie would use his own money to buy lunch tickets for classmates who didn’t have money to purchase their own lunch.

Archie never talked about it but his younger brother noticed that Archie was not only role model to him but to other classmates as well. Archie’s generosity and selflessness were his natural values. That was Archie from a young age, he was grounded in his convictions, believing that the right thing to do was to help and stand up for others.

As an educator and coach, Archie continued to be a helping hand and a mentor, especially in the student’s time of need. He oftened went out of is way to provide a meal, a motivating talk, or a kind word to his students. It was in his heart to continue to help students in need and Archie had a long-term plan to do more for them. Knowing this, we decided to honor our brother through the memorial fund. We continue to honor his memory by providing first year college scholarships, and more to those who need it most.

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