Written by Taylor Shaw, JHS Journalism Senior
Roman Dale “Bo” Duren, Jr. was a 2019 graduate from Jones High School. While attending Jones, he was very active in Football and Baseball. Many remember Bo as the “life of the party” and say he was very outgoing. He would always have a smile on his face and would usually bring a smile to others. After graduation, he attended ECU as a freshman, playing for the school’s baseball team. Whether he was playing on the field or cheering from the stands, Bo was always full of energy and enthusiasm.
Bo will be remembered fondly for his school spirit at every sporting event. During the basketball games, Bo and his friend, Dequan Laskey, would start the chants and get the rest of the students excited for the game. During games, he would interact with the crowd from the football field. After games, he would be smiling and cracking jokes with players from both teams. When the Jones High School baseball team won the state title in 2017, Bo took the state plaque and landed into the splits with a cheesy smile for the camera.
The Jones Football Coach, Dave Martin, said “Bo was always the light of the room. He would always smile and laugh wherever he was. Bo was the welcoming type, he didn’t care who you were or where you were from. He would get along with anyone and everyone, making it easy for him to be friends with everyone. He was a very charismatic and caring kid when he attended Jones.”
Bo was always the light of the room…He would get along with anyone and everyone.Coach Dave Martin
The Baseball Coach, Bryce Clemons, said “One of the best memories I have of Bo would have to be his proclaimed, equipment bag. A few games into the season, we were getting ready to leave for a road game. As usual Bo was last out of the locker room. This particular day, he had his hat backwards, rocking his Raybans, carrying all of his equipment in a black trash bag which was tied to his bat. He was one of those kids you just couldn’t help but laugh when you wanted to be mad with him.”
The come-and-go visitation and reception will be held at the Ford Funeral Service in Midwest City, Friday September 20th from 5-7pm. The Life Celebration will be held at the Jones High School Gymnasium, Saturday September 21st at 2pm. The burial will be held at the Sunny Lane Cemetery in Del City.