Fatigued by his long-term battle with muscular dystrophy, Darren Davis was released from his mortal body and crossed through the veil into eternity on February 6, 2016. Darren was born in Ogden, Utah, to Glynn Dell and George “Dutch” Davis on April 30, 1959.
Throughout his life, Darren had an unruly and spirited personality that at times got him in trouble but also drove him toward success. While in high school, Darren played football and served as senior class president of Bonneville High. After graduation, he joined the United States Air Force Reserve and served for a brief time as a loading specialist. Darren attended Weber State University where he gained a strong understanding of the unique properties of potassium. Eventually he realized his full potential in chemistry and was admitted to the University of Utah where he earned a degree in pharmacology in 1983.
Meeting in high school, Darren later courted Karen Lamph throughout college, ultimately winning her heart. The couple was married on July 12, 1983, and Darren’s rebellious personality was tamed or at least supervised. Their daughter, Erin, joined their family in 1988, and a son, Spencer, expanded the family in 1993. On December 2, 2006, Darren and his family were sealed for time and eternity in the Salt Lake Temple.
For 30 years Darren worked at numerous pharmacies. Early on, he was employed by hospitals and clinics where he gained satisfaction working with patients; he later found fulfillment working in retail environments. Most notably, Darren cared about those he worked with and truly cared about their lives. Throughout his long and fulfilling career he obtained and built many fond relationships.
Many of those who knew Darren remember him not for the toll muscular dystrophy took on him; rather, they remember him as strong, energetic, and independent. For the better part of his life, Darren was athletic and had a strong desire for adventure. As an avid cyclist, he biked to and from work and often journeyed up the mountain roads with his friends and/or family. During the winter, Darren loved skiing and regularly attended the slopes. In addition, he enjoyed vacations on the water that included boating at Lake Powell and sailing trips in the Caribbean. Darren was an enthusiastic golfer and regularly attended family tournaments with his cousins and close friends.
Beginning his day to the melodic tune of “The Flight of the Bumble Bee,” Darren’s energy seemed unending, which was witnessed by his meticulously groomed yard. Darren’s passion for yard care was established early on in his marriage and continued as long as he was capable. Whether trimming the marigolds with his golfing irons or earning the nickname “the midnight mower,” the Davis manicured yard was admired by all. As a ritual, Darren found peace listening to the sound of a rumbling Toro tractor purchased from his good friend at A&M.
Surely his athleticism, independence, and passion for life blessed him and extended his life for many years. Despite having muscular dystrophy, Darren would not let the disease devoid him of all the experiences life has to offer. Although it may be construed as a midlife-crisis, Darren bought his dream car in 2010. Many late nights, Darren could be found at the wheel of his Prius programming his GPS while listening to the Jimmy Buffet station on satellite radio.
The success of his children brought Darren great joy. He was able to witness his daughter’s graduation in Advanced Radiology at Weber State, and also share in her wedding and the blessings of being a grandfather. Darren was proud of his son who served an LDS mission and was recently accepted into the School of Pharmacy at his alma mater.
Although we grieve the temporary loss of a husband, father, brother, family member, and friend, we find comfort in the knowledge that one day his spirit and body will be reunited in glorified perfection, free from defect or disease. We know we will all be with you again Darren–we miss you and love you.
Darren is survived by his wife, Karen; daughter, Erin Tuveson (Jeff); son, Spencer; grandson, Porter Tuveson; brother, Daggon; and extended family members. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dutch and Dell Davis.
The family expresses deep appreciation to Dr. DeRemer and her staff, Brenda Postel at Summit Home Health and Hospice, and the healthcare professionals at Ogden Regional Hospital for the loving care and support given to our dear husband and father.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at Leavitt’s Mortuary from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Friday prior to services from 1:00 to 1:45 pm.
Interment at Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd., Ogden, Utah.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be given to the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation online at http://www.myotonic.org/donate or by mail at 1004-A O’Reilly Ave., San Francisco, CA 94129.
Please send condolences to the family at: www.leavittsmortuary.com
Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friends may visit with the family prior to services on Friday, February 12, 2016 from 1:00 to 1:45 pm.
Date: Friday, February 12, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm -
Date: Friday, February 12, 2016
Washington Heights Memorial Park
Address:4500 Washington Blvd , , Ogden, UT,