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Jon Joseph Durkin

November 22, 1940—October 7, 2018

Jon Joseph Durkin died October 7, 2018 in Louisville, Tennessee. Born in Massachusetts on November 22, 1940, Jon spent several years in Japan while serving in the Army as a young man. During that time in the mid 1960s, he met the love of his life, the future Dr. Maureen Durkin. Over more than 50 years, the Durkins settled in Washington, DC, Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland, then to Biglerville, Pennsylvania, and finally to Elko, Nevada, where they lived for more than two decades before retiring in Knoxville, Tennessee. A vocational psychologist, Jon retired relatively early to take care of his family while his children were young, then later worked for over a decade for the US Census Bureau. Jon’s keen interest in travel inspired him to explore not only the United States, first in his station wagon accompanied by his children and later on his beloved Suzuki motorcycle, but also many other parts of the world. His unquenchable thirst for knowledge and love of good wine and good company made him one of the most interesting guests in any setting, and he leaves behind many fond memories living among his close friends and family. Jon was predeceased by Maureen, his wife of nearly 50 years as well as their daughter, Leslie Durkin. He is survived by his daughter, Catherine Long; son Michael; son-in-law Jeremy Long; grandchildren Jonathan, Anna, and Taz; and many nieces and nephews in addition to his late wife’s siblings, who considered him a brother. An Interment & Military Honors at East Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery will be Friday, November 16th 2pm. A Gathering of Friends and Family will be held at Rose Mann Heritage Chapel on Saturday, November 17th from 2-4pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network are requested by the family in Jon’s name. Online condolences may be made at

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