Darrell had a deep love of his Savior, family, and community.
As a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ, Darrell first learned to serve in his community through the LDS Scouting Program from 1960-1971. During that time, Darrell gained a great love and appreciation for his scout leaders and fellow scouts and made many lifelong friends too numerous to name. Later, as an adult, serving as an assistant to the scout leader, he helped prepare for and chaperone campouts, ensuring the safety of the scouts he would mentor and grew to love like sons.
Darrell loved his country and, in 1971, he enlisted and served honorably in the United States Marine Corps for two years active duty and four years Ready Reserve Service for the USMC until 1977.
In 1973, Darrell continued to serve his community when he hired on with the Hanford Site Patrol at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, transferring to the Hanford Site Fire Department after a short time.
Darrell made many lifelong friends while serving as a firefighter/EMT and was grateful for the unity and camaraderie that he felt amongst his brothers and sisters on the Hanford Site Fire Department. Darrell loved to cook for his firefighter family and will ever be known as a legend, not only for his excellent cooking but also for the laughter he brought to the table. Darrell had a natural ability to tell stories and many life experiences that he freely shared during his years of service until his retirement in 2015.
Darrell had a very tender heart in a hard candy shell. He was always more concerned for those around him than he was for himself. This made Darrell very proud of the fact that he served others his entire life, in some capacity, and in uniform since the age of eight.
Darrell was a loving provider. He married Linda in 1977, and together they were blessed to have five children. Darrell was so grateful to have a job that he could spend so much precious time with his family. He enjoyed camping, fishing, and backpacking with his family and friends. Darrell spent many years participating in and watching his kids and grandkids play in a variety of sports and activities.
Darrell is survived by his wife, Linda; his children, Sheri (Bryan), Conrad (Terra), Tommy (Corinna), David, and Nikita; and ten grandchildren. Darrell is also survived by two brothers and five sisters.
Darrell will be extremely missed by his family and his many friends.