James Darrell King
Sept. 13, 1948 ~ Jan. 10, 2019
Darrell was born in Vernal, Utah, to JD and Ruth King and grew up in Western Colorado. After graduating from Rangely High School, Darrell entered the Marine Corps. During his military time, he trained with the Navy Seals on his way to becoming a Force Recon Marine. He completed two tours in Vietnam, receiving the Purple Heart for his bravery. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Colorado and began a career as a heavy machine operator in the oil and gas industry. Eventually, he left this career and opened a business in furniture refinishing that allowed him to peruse his love of woodworking and art. His passion for life and the outdoors allowed him to live life to the fullest—doing the things we didn’t all have the nerve to do. He loved his family more than anything, and he will be missed every day that goes by.
Darrell is preceded in death by his parents, brother Martin King and son James Jesse King.
He is survived by his wife Roberta, sisters Fran (Dan) Piland and Laura (Stan) Chafin, daughter Molly (Devin) Reuss, son JD King, and daughter Dante King. Step children Cassie (Mike) Coppersmith, Desare Morgan and Zeke. Grandchildren Sarah, James, Jacob, Lliam, Olivia, Ali and Eddie, and many nieces and nephews and their families.
A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, Jan. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Riverside building (552 West Main St. A, GJ 81501).
In lieu of flowers please donate to a disabled veteran’s charity of your choice or HopeWest Hospice.