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Final Love Letter
“I'll be looking for you, Will, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we'll cling together so tight that nothing and no one'll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you... We'll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pine trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams... And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they wont' just be able to take one, they'll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we'll be joined so tight...” Phillip Pullman
My sweetheart Darrell left this world Friday, December 14th. He suffered from a super aggressive form of metastatic pancreatic cancer which took him in less than two months from diagnosis. This beautiful quotation brings to my mind the essence of what I will miss most about him: a shared love of the of the outdoors, appreciation of beauty in its many forms and an enthusiasm for the joys of life and exploration of all the above.
He left us pain-free and peacefully at the end after suffering tremendously the past two months. His journey to the next world was beautifully typical of him...exploration of his favorite places, reluctance to give up on this life, greeting dear friends and beloved pets.
He was totally enthusiastic about the NFL Raiders ( in spite of their dismal record in recent years), music (he practically cried with joy when Journey finally made it into the Hall of Fame), fishing (catch and release since he did not eat cooked fish), golf (Phil Mickelson’s biggest fan), movies and all science fiction media, food (finding great independent restaurants all over the country). He loved hanging out with family and friends, and especially loved hosting parties and holidays.
Most of all he valued love and relationships, so if he cared act you it was in a fiercely loyal way. His list of friends ranged from childhood throughout his long career in the power business. Once he befriended you it was for life! This applied to pets as well…his beloved Laddie’s ashes will be intermingled with his in his beloved Colorado mountains.
My immense gratitude for every one of you helping me cope in big and small ways and those who donated to help with medical expenses at