Park Ranger Duane P. McClure

Park Ranger Duane P. McClure

United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, May 22, 1980

Duane P. McClure

Park Ranger Duane McClure drowned while patrolling in his canoe, Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

A search was undertaken after he failed to return to headquarters or respond to radio calls. Searchers located his capsized canoe but never located his body. He was officially declared dead on June 9th, 1981.

Ranger McClure had served with the National Park Service for 10 years. He is survived by his parents and two brothers.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned
  • Location Wyoming

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So many do not understand the job of Park Ranger. I myself was unsure until one of yours educated me. It's so much more than the tour guide and wildlife protector that we are lead to believe. All of you, no matter what category you fall into, serve and protect more than the general public may ever know.

Sadly, your dedication cost you your life. On this 35th anniversary of your sacrifice, I praise and offer respect. God Bless you and may you forever Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

May 22, 2015

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