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Celebrating the life of
Duane Lewis Bradshaw
January 21, 1947 - August 04, 2014
Husband and Father
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Memorial Service
  • 2:00pm - Saturday, August 09, 2014
  • Christ the Servant Lutheran Church
  • 2400 Wilcrest Dr. (Map)
    Houston, TX 77042

  • 713-784-6620

We are so saddened for Laura, Ben & Chris (that sweet little Tuffie!). Years separate and everyday life keeps us all so busy, but the people who truly touch your heart remain a wonderful piece of your life. Brad and Laura are two of our most "wonderful pieces." May God comfort you in His peace, Laura. Our love and prayers reach out to you.

Diane & Storer Ware, Suagr Land, TX

May the Lord grant you his unlimited love and peace during this time of sorrow and loss. Duane was a light of joy amongst his peers and it was a blessing to have worked with him at Lloyd Jones Fillpot.

Bob Tango, Powder Springs, GA

Duane Lewis Bradshaw was born in Glendale, California on January 21st, 1947. His family moved to Okmugulee, Oklahoma in 1948 where his dad went to school to pursue an art degree on the GI bill. In 1950 the family moved to Lubbock, Texas where Duane spent the remainder of his childhood. He was a doting and dutiful oldest sibling from the beginning, pulling his two younger siblings, Nancy and David, in the wagon throughout the neighborhood. He got a paper route at age 10, and got his first "real" job washing dishes in a diner at age 12. He was such a great worker, the owner of the diner tried to convince him to drop out of high school to work there full time. Fortunately, Duane did not take this advice.
Throughout his childhood, Duane's family took family vacations to Oklahoma, California, or Colorado. He spent several summers staying with his grandpa Joe in Oklahoma. He loved these visits, and learned a lot about working on a farm.
He had wanted to be an architect from an early age, even designing houses as a child. His first house design at age 10 included a large bedroom for "the son" and a garage for "the son's" car. He graduated from high school in 1965 and began studying architecture at Texas Tech. He finished his B.S. in architecture in 1970.
Duane met Laura Tribble in 1967 on a blind date. They hit it off so well that they began corresponding by writing letters, since Laura was also in school at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, TX. They would write to each other at least once a week for over two years. They were able to live in the same town only during one summer that both spent in Dallas. They were married in June of 1970.
The pair had two sons, Ben and Chris. Duane was an incredibly dedicated father, spending all of his free time on his sons. He was their constant companion and champion throughout their childhood. They would build the fastest pinewood derby cars together, ride their bicycles together, even visit the zoo together. The family took summer vacations, including memorable trips to Yellowstone and Cape Canaveral to watch Sally Ride take off in the space shuttle. He would attend every band performance and football game throughout their entire high school careers.
When Chris went to college, Duane and Laura would drive to College Station to take Chris to lunch on the weekends. There was even one time when Chris' truck broke down, and Chris had to work. Duane drove to College Station, fixed the truck, and drove home without even seeing Chris, since he was working that day.
Duane spent many years as an architect working for Lloyd Jones Brewer, becoming an associate partner in the firm. Throughout this time, he worked on many large, recognizable projects in both Houston and Orlando including 2, 3, and 4 Allen Center, Allied Tower, the Orlando Arena, and the Swan and Dolphin Hotels at Walt Disney World.
In 1992, Duane left the large firm to pursue architecture on his own. This arrangement suited him much better as he could work more closely with his clients, doing just what they needed, and endlessly revising drawings if the client wanted. Most of his projects were much smaller, including churches, houses, and small businesses. He still had bigger clients like Smith Industries, Cyrus One, and Centerpoint. He even got to work on projects for friends and family. He took projects for a lot of small churches and made sure they got the most bang for their buck, ensuring that a lot of churches got a great start.
Duane always took an interest in helping those who he worked with and who worked for him. He would always make sure people got the credit for the work they did, never taking credit for others work. In recent years people who Duane helped get their start in architecture had been tracking him down to thank him for his guidance. It really touched him to hear that he played such a pivotal role in their early careers.
After Laura retired from teaching they started to work together and travel. They traveled near and far with trips around the US (visiting family and exploring Washington DC) and trips abroad to Italy and a cruise around Greece. The travel bug bit them both and they started planning more trips including a trip to Norway to visit Duane's family's ancestral home in January 2015.

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We are so saddened for Laura, Ben & Chris (that sweet little Tuffie!). Years separate and everyday life keeps us all so busy, but the people who truly touch your heart remain a wonderful piece of your life. Brad and Laura are two of our most "wonderful pieces." May God comfort you in His peace, Laura. Our love and prayers reach out to you.

Diane & Storer Ware, Suagr Land, TX

May the Lord grant you his unlimited love and peace during this time of sorrow and loss. Duane was a light of joy amongst his peers and it was a blessing to have worked with him at Lloyd Jones Fillpot.

Bob Tango, Powder Springs, GA


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