Durkin Julian Manning


Durkin Julian Manning

Durkin Julian Manning passed away on May 10, 2022, peacefully, surrounded by family and friends in his home in Veguita, at the age of 78 after a long battle with several aliments with the heart and lungs.

Durkin came to the Rio Grande Valley in the early ’60s and fell in love with the Southwest. He was born in Staten Island, N.Y., to Julian Franklin Manning and Leonora Beverly Durkin. Most of his childhood was spent in Westport, Conn., and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

He attended all Catholic schools from elementary school through college, Norte Dame University, and finished at Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C., with a law degree.

Durkin was an active member of the New Mexico Bar Association since 1978, and held many positions on the Navajo Reservation as an educator and as an attorney to several Native American tribes throughout his career.

He is survived by his love of 37 years, Belinda Jo Hadley, of Veguita; sister, Pamula B. Hurley of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; daughter, Jamie Roberge and husband, Jeff Roberge, of Houston, Texas; son, Monty Hadley Singer, of Los Lunas; daughter-in-law, Peggy Lynn Singer, of Los Lunas; daughter, Lisa Marie Hadley Edwards, of Tucson, Ariz.; granddaughter, Emya Marie Hadley Edwards, of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandson, Keon Monte Hadley, of Tucson, Ariz.; grandson, Lason Lamar Johnson, of Tucson, Ariz.; grandson, Zach Munjas, of Houston; granddaughter, Claire Elizabeth Roberge, of Houston; niece, Leonora Hurley Bravo and family, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; niece, Margaret Lancaster and family, of Fort Lauderdale, along with many friends in the community whom he held dear to his heart.

The family extends their appreciation to the Belen Hospice team.

Services for Durkin took place at the San Jose Catholic Church on May 12.

Arrangements were handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 505-864-4448, where an online guest register is available at noblin.com.

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