Just shy of his 21st birthday, Sky Christian Duey passed away on Friday, May 3, 2013. Sky was born in Kingman on Aug. 17, 1992. His parents, John "Wade" Duey and Ruby Christina Duey, raised Sky the "cowboy way" along with his younger brother, John Robert Duey. As a member of the Mohave Livestock Association, Sky was surrounded and mentored by the ranchers he respected and who had a passion for ranch life.
His face just beamed when he opened his mail two years ago and was granted membership as an adult to the Arizona Cowpunchers Reunion Association. Entering the Wild Cow Milking, roping for the girls in the Ribbon Roping, roping steers and helping his little brother gear up to ride bulls was when Sky was in his element.
Graduating from Kingman High School in December of 2010, he especially enjoyed his FFA and 4-H activities, which included beef projects and showing steers at the Mohave County Fair. He continued to be involved with the family ranch and any other neighboring rancher who needed help riding, gathering and branding cattle. He enjoyed his job at Grand Canyon West and The Boulder Supply construction company.
But he always managed to find the time to dedicate to the Duey family ranch operations.
Along with his parents and brother, Sky is survived by grandparents, Bob Duey, David and Billie Cole, Angel Robles, and Sam and Rhonda Dodd; aunts and uncles, Jack and Stacie Fuller, Elaine Duey, Jim and Lorna McCleerey and Danny Avila also mourn his death, along with a huge family of great aunts and uncles, and cousins. Grandmother Clover Jonetta Duey and grandfather, Tony Avila preceded him in death.
Sky made a great decision when he signed up to be an organ donor. Ninety people will benefit from his choice.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home and services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 610 Eastern St., Kingman. Immediately following the memorial service, the family will be greeting friends at the CastleRock Arena in Golden Valley.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to: Cowpuncher's Crisis Fund, c/o Mike McFarland, 1856 Wot Evans Drive, Camp Verde, AZ 86322; phone: (928) 713-4550.