Jack Darrrah


(Nov. 1, 2007)

Jack Darrah, 70, died Thursday, Nov. 1 in Richland, Ore.

A memorial service and Celebration of Jack’s Life was held Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the Reasoner Retreat where Jack had resided the last year.

Jack Irwin Darrah was born Oct. 4, 1937 in Cody to Harrison and Mable Dix Darrah. He was raised and educated in Cody. In 1953, Jack joined the United States Navy and served during the Korean Conflict until 1958.

Jack began working early in his life, driving horse teams and hauling logs when he was 9 years old.  He enjoyed working construction most during his life and worked for Peter Kewitt Construction in Wyoming. He also drove truck for quite a while until he was involved in an accident which resulted in numerous injuries, leaving him unable to work.

Jack met Betty Gray in Hermiston, Ore. Although they never married, they were together for 16 years until his death.

He loved to fish and did so whenever he got the chance.

This last December Jack and Betty moved to the Reasoner Retreat Foster Care home in Richland. Jack enjoyed spending his time there. He enjoyed the countryside and beauty that surrounded him in every direction that he looked.

He is survived by his companion of 16 years, Betty Gray of Richland, Ore.; sons, James Darrah of Cheyenne and Don Darrah of Palm Springs, Calif.; daughter, Angela Heiser of Montana, step-daughters Nancy Nelson of Baker City, Ore., and Melanie Chadwick of Cheyenne; mother, Mable Dix of Wyoming; sisters, Sandy Reynolds and Linda Lorenz of Powell; brothers, Bill Hunter of Kennewick, Wash., and Joe Darrah of Powell; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Those who wish to make a memorial contribution in memory of Jack may do so to Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home to help the family with the funeral expenses  P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.