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X.E. Bus Durant

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  1. Big Heap

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    Received word of Bus passing last night in Lewiston, ID at the age of 90.

    His proudest achievement in trapshooting was his role as President of the ATA when the Trapshooting Hall of Fame was established.
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    Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012 12:00 am

    X.E. (Bus) Durant passed away Aug. 18, 2012, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. He was born May 11, 1922, in Lewiston, to Xavier and Nellie Durant. Bus was raised in Weippe, with his sister, Verla, and as he always referred to him, the "kid" brother, Benny. He and Benny have remained close all these years, including having lunch on Thursdays, usually at Station 3, in Clarkston. Bus and his wife, Mary Ellen, visited Verla and her husband, Paul Ennis, and their children in Boise and Sun Valley many times.

    Bus told great stories about growing up in Weippe and Clearwater County in the 1920s and '30s, including taking a family car trip to the Chicago World's Fair in August and September of 1933. He attended Weippe schools through many of those years, although he moved to Lewiston for his senior year and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1940. He attended the University of Idaho, was in the ROTC program, and served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. He was discharged from the 95th M.P. Battalion in August of 1946, having served primarily in France and Germany. Upon leaving the Army, Bus returned to the University of Idaho and graduated in 1947. His parents had established a general merchandise store in Weippe and one in Pierce. In the late '40s, Bus bought out his parents' store in Pierce, while Benny took over the store in Weippe.

    Bus married Mary Ellen Ripley in 1949, and they continued to operate Durant's General Merchandise and Durant's Grocery for many years. Bus served on the City Council and as Mayor of Pierce including during the Centennial Celebration in 1960, which also was attended by Idaho Gov. Bob Smylie. The event was very successful and is still celebrated annually as Pierce 1860 Days. Bus also was a partner in a cabin located off the Laundry Creek Road, eight miles from the North Fork of the Clearwater River, where he allowed many friends and family members to stay while they hunted and fished. Bus liked to prospect for minerals in that area.

    Bus and Mary Ellen sold Durant's General Merchandise in 1978, but Bus didn't retire. He was elected Clearwater County commissioner and served for 15 years before retiring and moving to Lewiston in 1993.

    In 1948, Bus set up a trap range in Pierce and started a long career of trapshooting. Bus served as president of the Camas Prairie Trap Shooting Association in 1962 and 1967 and was past president of both the Orofino and Pierce gun clubs. In 1964, he was elected ATA Western Zone vice president, remaining on the ATA Executive Committee through 1970 while serving four years as vice president, one year as president of the ATA in 1969, and one year as president ex-officio. In 1975, he was appointed to the Central Handicap Committee and he served as chairman of the Handicap Committee for many years while traveling all over the United States to handicap shooters for ATA-registered events. He was ATA president when the organization's Hall of Fame was dedicated in 1969, and he was enshrined into the hall on Aug. 15, 1989. Bus won many trapshooting awards and was well-known for the time and effort he devoted to trapshooting and for his willingness to help a fellow trapshooter. He participated in many changes to improve the sport, which benefited trapshooters nationwide. He attended the Grand American Trapshoot, held annually in Vandalia, Ohio, every year from 1962 until 2006, a string of 44 consecutive years and a number he was very proud of. He so wanted to make one more trip to the Grand, but declining health prevented a last trip to his favorite event, which has been moved to Sparta, Ill.

    Bus was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mary Ellen, in 2006, and his sister, Verla. He is survived by his brother, Benny of Lewiston, and niece, Vickie Smith of Weippe; his nephew, Scott Ennis of Cupertino, Calif.; and nieces, Paula Ennis, of Stowe, Vt., and Lynn Ennis Iozzo, of Gladwyne, Pa.; as well as brother-in-law Herbert S. Ripley and wife Mary of Lewiston; and nephews Mike Ripley of Lewiston, Richard Ripley of Spokane, Dan Ripley of Bellingham, Wash., and Jeff Ripley of Kennewick.

    Services for Bus are planned for 11 a.m. Monday at CrossPoint Alliance Church, located at 1330 Powers Ave., in the Lewiston Orchards.

    Memorials can be made to the University of Idaho or Lewis-Clark State College, as Bus and Mary Ellen each established education endowments at both institutions.
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