Eduardo Solis Duque

Eduardo Solis Duque Eduardo Solis Duque was born May 10, 1970 in Trona, California, to parents Bertha and “Duke” Duque. One brother and two sisters rounded out the family. Baseball was a family event in the Duque Family and they shared their love of baseball by going out as a family and playing at the park. When his father would get home from work, he would pitch to Eddie and Eddie would practice pitching to his father. Eddie excelled in Little League baseball and was responsible for Trona beating Ridgecrest and going to the All Stars. The Duque Family moved from Trona to Ridgecrest in 1981, and for a time, owned and operated Mr.Taco Restaurant. Eddie attended local schools and grew into a strong, hard-working young man who respected family and the Lord. For his first couple of jobs, he managed different auto parts stores in Ridgecrest.

He met his wife, Christin Maxwell in 2001 and they married in 2002. His son Isaiah was born in 2003 and his daughter Gianna in 2006. His children were his pride and joy. Eddie started playing the drums when he was about 8 years old and mastered it quickly. He taught both his children how to play chess, enabling them to go on to place and win local chess tournaments. He taught Isaiah how to pitch and play the drums. Eddie always had a strong love and fire inside for the LORD. He wanted to spread God’s love and His Word. From 2004 to 2006, Eddie and Christin were youth pastors at Calvary Assembly of God Church. He played the drums on the worship team while Christin sang. He continued to play the drums for various praise teams, most recently at the Vineyard and the Lighthouse.

Eddie got a job at the Bureau of Land Management as Lead Trail Maintenance Manager from 2003 to 2007. He also helped BLM Fire crews, driving heavy equipment. He moved up to Park Ranger from 2007 to 2010. He soon moved on to pursue a career in BLM and got his dream job as an Outdoor Recreation Planner as a GS11. During his employment, Eddie became an Emergency Medical Technician so that he could coordinate BLM’s emergency medical service plans on minor and major accidents. He also became the only chief instructor for ATV Rider’s Courses for BLM and various law enforcement agencies.

His hobbies were playing the drums, wood working, and playing chess. He lived with and took care of both his parents, a responsibility which he took on happily. He had a special place in his heart for his father and strived to be as humble as he was. He enjoyed cooking Mexican food from recipes that were handed down to him from his mother. Everyone who knew Eddie knew how much he loved the LORD. He was always trying to make people smile or laugh with his silly made-up jokes. Eddie was an honest, big-hearted Christian, a great man. He went home to be with Jesus on February 26, 2022.

He is survived by his two children Isaiah Maxwell Duque and Gianna Renee Duque and the mother of his children, Christin Duque. He is also survived by his father Isaias Duque, mother Bertha Duque, brother Gerry Duque, and sister Rosemary Samuels. He was preceded in death by his sister Selma Booth.

Memorial services will be held at the Lighthouse Ministries, 111 N. Balsam Street, Ridgecrest, CA at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

Story First Published: 2022-04-22