|Jorge Duran Coral|
Duran Coral at the age of 112
|Birth:||23 April 1909|
Panaba, Yucatan, Mexico
|Age:||112 years, 53 days|
Duran Coral was born in Panaba, Yucatan, Mexico, on 23 April 1909. Born to indigenous ancestry, he is fluent in both Spanish and his native Mayan tongue. His parents were Modesto Duran and Carlota Coral Celis, who both died when he was very young, leaving him orphaned by the age of 10. He moved to live in San Felipe with the woman known as "Dona Nica". He said he remembers going to the bakery where customers asked him to sing "La cucaracha" and other songs of that time, in exchange for bread, sugar and coffee. At the age of 12, he started going to school. He worked as a cowboy on a ranch between the ages of 12 and 17. At the age of 17, he moved to Telchac Puerto, Yucatan. Firstly, he worked as a cowboy, and then on the loading and transporting of bales of thread.
At the age of 24, he married Maria Candida Marrufo Perera, with whom he had three children named Reynaldo, Jorge, and Augustina. His first wife died when he was 36 years old. Later, he remarried with Benita Dzul, with whom he had six children named Lazaro, Modesto, Ofelia, Miguel, Luis and Pedro. Their only daughter was Benita Ofelia Duran Dzul, who was still alive as of 2014. They were married for 65 years before his wife's death around 2003. As of 2014, only one of his children died, while the oldest one, Reynaldo, was 81 years old at that time. He is known as "Don Chep", a nickname which he earned in 1914, when a barber accidentally cut his ear at the age of 5. Upon learning of this event, his friends began calling him "chep" or "chepe", derived from a Mayan word in reference to his bad haircut. He celebrated his 110th birthday in April 2019. He became the oldest known living man in Yucatan state following the death of Filiberto Puc on 21 January 2018, and the oldest known living man in Mexico following the death of Domingo Villa Avisencio on 3 November 2019. He became the oldest known living person in Mexico upon the death of 113-year-old Antonia Valderrama Ocampo on 9 June 2020. He became the oldest known living man in North America since the death of Irving Piken on 27 February 2020.
On 22 March 2021 at the age 111, he received the covid-19 vaccine, making him one of oldest people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Duran Coral currently lives on his ranch in San Felipe, Yucatan, Mexico, at the age of 112 years, 53 days.