Radio personality dies in an accident at Rembrandt Enterprises

Tuesday, April 6, 2004

Show must go on

Memorial services will be held tomorrow for a Storm Lake man who died from injuries in a work-related accident at Rembrandt Enterprises on Friday.

Victor Duran was working on the roof of the plant when he apparently slipped and fell, according to county sheriff's officials. He was transported by ambulance, and transferred to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, where he passed away later that day.

Duran, 32, is a native of El Salvador who attended Storm Lake schools and later studied in radio broadcasting. He is perhaps best known as the host of the weekly Spanish music program each Sunday afternoon on KAYL AM radio over the past three years.

"He was a young man who was full of life, a really awesome guy who just enjoyed everything he did," said KAYL Programming Director Brady. "He was an example of someone who came to this country and worked exceptionally hard to get where he was at - always honest, always hard-working, always kind to everyone."

He lived in Storm Lake with his wife Maria Isabell.

Services will be held at St. Mary's Catholic church Wednesday at 3 p.m., with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery. A 24-hour vigil service will be held from noon today until noon Wednesday at Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake.

Officials at Rembrandt Enterprises had not provided any details on the accident at presstime.

KAYL Radio officials said they hope to continue Duran's weekly show, with a possibility of his brother eventually stepping in as host. For now, the show may be broadcast unhosted.

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