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Melvin E. Darrington

Melvin E. Darrington

Jun. 24, 1945 - Sep. 8, 2023

Date of Service: Sep. 15, 2023

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DECLO – Melvin E. Darrington, a 78-year-old resident of Declo, passed away the morning of Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, at his home.

Melvin was born June 24, 1945, in Twin Falls, Idaho, to parents Melvin Boyd and Ora Egbert Darrington. Melvin was a beloved husband, father, teacher, coach, and mentor to many. He was a 1964 graduate of Declo High School, earned an Associates Degree from Ricks College, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University. Melvin met his eternal companion, Sandra while attending Ricks College, and they were married June 12, 1969 in the Idaho Falls Temple. He spent 34 years as a coach and school teacher where he touched many lives for good.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra; his son, (Timothy) Shane; his daughter, Melanie Knowles; and his two sons, Chad and Don. He is also survived by his siblings, Karen, Larry, Karl, Kenneth, Jim, and Max.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Declo Stake Center, located at 213 W. Main St., in Declo, with Bishop Fred Darrington officiating. Burial will follow at Declo Cemetery.

Family and friends will be received from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Friday, preceding the funeral, at the church.

A live webcast of the Funeral Service will be available and maintained at the following link: https://youtu.be/U2j9-nVziak.

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From Karen Nelsen:
Sandy--I just found out about the loss of Melvin. My sympathy to you and your family. I'm thinking about you.
From Trent Harrison :
Sorry to hear about passing of a great mentor and leader in the singles ward. He told me directly. Trent, you are my right hand man.

I'll never forget that from him.
From Sandra Cramer:
It's been many years, but I have found memories from visiting Aunt Ora and Uncle Med in Declo and playing board games with Karen and Melvin. Time flies too fast.
From Susan Ledford:
Deepest condolences to the Darlington family. I’m thinking of you, Shane. Your dad was an incredible man that touched the lives of so many. You can carry that in your heart forever.
From Susan Darrington Mitchell:
I wish I could be there in person to offer my love and condolences to all of Melvin and Sandy’s family. Cousins were my best friends growing up and I am forever thankful for the ties that bind us together. I cherish the memories. Families are forever.
From Roland Chambers:
Ida and I send our deepest sympathy to Sandy and family. I had the privilege to live on the same dorm floor as Mel at Ricks. He was a gifted football and track athlete, and could dunk a basketball. He always kept the conversation alive. He was also a great late night Hearts and Pinochle player. After Ricks and missions we continued our friendship at BYU. He has now gone on to greater things.
From Eileen Albertson Petersen:
Sandy and family, we send our deepest, heart-felt condolences on your loss. We enjoyed serving with you and Mel from Jan 2000 to Sep 2003 when Mel was a counselor to Walt in the Bishopric of the Burley 12th Ward for all the Young Single adults from the 7 stakes in our Region. You both were loved by these ward members and leaders and served well. May you feel the comfort of the Savior and have the peace His Atonement gives. Love from Eileen Petersen and family.
P.S. Walt keeps getting more and more friends joining him in heaven since 8-21-20.

From Gaylen & Carolyn Smyer and Family:
We are so sorry for your loss. Mel was an amazing man that impacted the lives of so many people. His smile and wit will be missed. May you be comforted knowing Melvin was well respected and admired. Best wishes in the coming weeks and months.
From Chris Jackson:
Sorry for your loss. He had such an impact on me as a coach. His smile and fist pump still sticks with me to this day. It meant he was proud but also was so motivating. Love and respect this man.
From Michael Todd Zarybnisky:
Sorry for your loss Sandy and family
From Mary Zarybnisky:
Mr. Darrington was the type of teacher a parent hoped their children would get. He was willing to help any student reach his/her potential as long as the student was willing to work with him. He was fair and took the time to get to know his students. My deepest sympathies go out to Sandy and all of her family.
From Rose Draper:
I’m so sorry to hear about Mel, Sandy. I still look at my years of teaching at Declo as being part of a large wonderful family. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.
From Wayne and Debbie Fuqua:
We are very sorry to hear of Mel's passing. Mel was a great person and my classmate for our twelve years together at Declo. Please accept our deepest condolences and our very best wishes for the Darrington family as you go forward. Everyone that knew Mel will miss his greatly. We have all lost a true friend.
From Brent Bodily:
I owe a great deal of gratitude to Melvin or should I say Coach Darrington. He gave me confidence and belief in myself. He did this in basketball and then started me high jumping. I was able to obtain a full scholarship to Utah State through his work he started with me in the 9th grade. Coach, you supported me and I will never forget and will always be grateful!
From Gary & Susy Harper:
We love the Darrington family and we mourn with you at Melvin's passing. He will be greatly missed by the family and everyone that knows him, but, families are forever!
From L D Sager:
Sincere condolences to the Darrington family. We have lost a great man. I had the privilege of working with Melvin for many years at Declo High School. I will always remember the many trips we made to watch high school ball games at various venues. He was always the model of character and integrity at all times in the classroom and community. May his example be emulated by the many young people he mentored through the years. His passing leaves a gigantic hole in the lives of everyone he touched by his warm demeanor.
From Carol Crandon:
You are all in my thoughts. So sad you never made it to visit us in South Africa
From Max Fuqua :
I'm so sorry to hear of Mel's passing. Please accept my deepest condolences.
From Sharon Hatch:
I am so sorry to hear about Melvin's passing. He was such a great guy. Caring, giving and thinking about others. I enjoyed working with him very much and his sense of humor when you least expected it. I'll always remember how much he loved gardening and how proud he was when he talked about his yard and garden. Heaven has gained a very special angle. Fly high kind sir, you will be missed by many.
From Meagan (webb) Jones :
Mr. Darrington was always one of my most favorite at school. I felt so much support all through athletics and even as i went on to college, i remember looking up in the stands at CSI and seeing him there supporting me! What an incredible man! Sending all our love!
From Meagan (Webb) Jones :
Mr. Darrington was always one of my most favorite at school. I felt so much support all through athletics and even as I went on to college, I remember looking up in the stands at CSI and seeing him there supporting me! What an incredible man! Sending all our love!
From Clarence Phillips (Phillip):
He'll be running them back in short order. He'll have some of the old line there for him.
From Kristine Darrington Gold:
I remember when I was maybe three or four, he gave me some of those pink mints that taste like Pepto Bismol. He probably had a bag and gave some to all the little kids.
From Darla & Glen Whipple:
Sending our deepest condolences. So sorry for your loss!
From Orville Hormann:
I enjoyed my time driving potato and beet trucks with Melvin. He was a joy to be around.

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