MESQUITE -- Clyde Duran valued his independence.  

His niece says she often worried about the safety of her 74-year old uncle who lived alone and also suffered from failing vision.

“We were very concerned for his welfare out here," Wilma Duran recalled Sunday.  "He was very loving, but also a very stubborn man."

Wilma Duran says part of her uncle's routine was a daily walk from his home to nearby Subway via a field and walking over a normally dry or placid creek.

Mesquite received over one inch of rain just before the lunch hour on Sunday, filling up creeks rapidly.

Mesquite Police found Duran's body in the South Mesquite Creek a little before 2 p.m. and a little more than an hour after police received a 911 call that a man had fallen into the creek.

Patti Brinson says her Subway co-worker made that frantic call to police.

"She yelled at me - he fell in," Brinson said.  "We ran over to the creek and didn't see him.  It was like a whitewater rapid, it was ferocious."

Duran says she knew about her uncle taking that path to lunch nearly everyday and was never comfortable with it.

"I was afraid for him to be walking across that creek," she said.