10254 W. Carlton Bay | Garden City, ID 83714

Dorian Fredrick Duffin November 17, 1951 - March 18, 2022

Dorian Duffin 11-17-51 to 03-18-22

Dorian Duffin died March 18, 2022 at the age of 70 after a short, difficult battle with a rare, very aggressive bile duct cancer. He passed peacefully with his family at home.

Dorian was born in Rupert, Idaho, to Velda and Buzz Duffin in 1951. He had an idyllic childhood running around with four brothers, two sisters, and lots of cousins. They enjoyed precious time-off in Elba and the Sawtooths. From a very young age, he helped with the family pump business and learned how to figure out, troubleshoot, repair, and rebuild practically anything.

He was drafted into the Army after high school and then attended Boise State University on the G.I. bill. He took many geography, geology, and science classes, and eventually graduated with a BS. After learning that INEL was injecting radioactive waste into the Snake River Plain aquifer, he helped found Snake River Alliance and worked to ensure that they cleaned up the site.

He married Susie Vader in 1981 and they started their first mini-farm in southeast Boise. He bought Sun Valley Marble in 1987 and loved the thousands of loyal customers, employees, and contractors throughout the years, finally retiring in 2020. They started a family in 1986 with daughter Kara (who passed at four months), followed by Lea in 1988 and Jenna, exactly two years later. Dorian LOVED being a father and taught his girls the value of hard work, a passion for learning, and the ability to think independently.

In 1991, Dorian and Susie bought an unfinished house on a weedy acre in northwest Boise with one tree, a dilapidated barn, and a live ditch. Dorian turned it into a paradise, planting over a 100 trees and bushes, moving in rustic sheds and farm implements, preserving the wetlands, building a pond, and transforming river rock into a garden that grows the best garlic and prolific raspberries.

Dorian and Susie always wanted a place on the Snake River so they bought a farm in Hammett where he built his dream barn, equipment shed, and dock; set up irrigation; planted trees; and made it a haven. The family spent many happy hours building, fishing, and especially just floating down the river enjoying the birds and wildlife.

He loved building things and using tools. If there was anything he liked more than using tools, it was collecting tools–he enjoyed going to yard sales and finding unique tools and equipment and finding the right home for them (often ours). In his free time, he rebuilt tractors, cars, windmills, and equipment, and was always up for a new project. He also loved Hawaiian shirts, reading (especially Carl Hiaasen and Idaho history), camping in the Sawtooths, music, cooking, and most importantly, spending time with his family and friends.

Dorian loved Idaho and was a true steward to the environment. He believed that we had to give back more to the world than we take from it. He always believed the best in people and was willing and ready to help anyone out.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Susie Vader, daughters Lea Duffin and Jenna Duffin, his siblings Alan Duffin, Cheryl Hoskins (Lamont), Dan Duffin (Sheila), Deidra Duffin-Gee (Kurt), Don Duffin (Hayley), and Roger Duffin (Toni Miller) and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you spend time with your family, build something, or donate to the Snake River Alliance. We will have a celebration of life when the weather is warmer. Please email dorianduffin@gmail.com if you would like to attend.


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    Georgann Hawker Williams says

    Our family is deeply saddened by the loss of our good friend Dorian Duffin. Susie, Jenna and Lea, please know our thoughts are so with you. As per your suggestion, we have donated to the Snake River Alliance in his memory.

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    Randy Hoffman says

    Lea, your SIF family mourns with your family on the loss of your Dad. Our condolences go out to all. Know that we support you in this time for family.

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    Meg Fereday & Dale Reynolds says

    Dorian was one of a kind, and our hearts go out to you, Susie, Lea and Jenna. We have made a donation to the Snake River Alliance. What a lasting and meaningful legacy Dorian has left us. So very sorry for your loss; please know that you are in our hearts and minds.

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    Chris Olbrich says

    Dorian’s leaving us has made me terribly sad and grateful that I knew him and could call him my friend. My heart goes out to you Susie, Jenna, and Lea. We were fortunate to have the time we had with him, as brief as it seems.

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