Representative Stark is a conservative Republican in Southern Oregon. He is a Pastor at River Valley Church in Grants Pass and Rogue River. Born and raised in Southern Oregon, Duane went on to complete a bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Oregon and master's from Multnomah University. He is a community advocate and planner, coordinating volunteers and non-profit organizations to work with local governments.
Duane's professional background includes International Missions Pastor, Local Outreach Pastor, Community Service Supervisor for Josephine County Parks and Recreation, Inner-City At-Risk Youth Director for World Impact, Supervisor for Kairos Residential Psychiatric Treatment Center, a fitness club manager and sheet metal fabricator.
In the community, Duane has conducted seminars for Josephine County focusing on crime prevention and emergency preparedness. He was a Board Member for the Community Bridges Foundation and has served on the FireWise Advisory Committee in the Grants Pass area to prevent losses from wildfires. He was an organizer for a community wide program called SERVE GP. He helped establish A.C.T (Abolish Child Trafficking) Southern Oregon and is a leader for K.I.D.S in Uganda to help rescue orphans. In addition, Duane was involved in CAFAY, the Community Alliance for At-risk Youth and is heavily involved with "Every Child" in Josephine County.
In the legislature, Duane has helped pass several important pieces of legislation for Jackson and Josephine County, including;
Duane has been married to his wife for more than 18 years. They are the proud parents of eight children and have been certified foster parents for over a decade.