Joseph Paul Darby, age 69, of Ogden, UT, passed away peacefully on October 5th, 2023, of natural causes.
Joe was born at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on March 19th, 1954, to Earl Sr. & Harriet Buck Darby. Joe graduated from Ben Lomond High School in 1972 and went on to study at Weber State University. He was married to the mother of his three children, Paula E. Davison, from 1974 to 1992. The family resided in Clearfield, UT for 15 years.
Joe met his wife Kathie DeGreve Darby in January 1996. The couple had many varied common interests, travel, golf, and a love for the open road. They experienced great adventures together and often spent their summers at Pineview Dam with their kids on their wave runners or riding Joe’s Harley.
On Saint Patrick’s Day 2001, Joe & Kathie were married in South Ogden, UT. They settled in West Haven, UT in a beautiful spacious home Joe designed and built for them and their families.
Joe was an exceptional builder and contractor. His love for building showed in the quality of his work. For years, Joe completed numerous construction projects alongside his various positions at HAFB, which included: safety inspector, quality assurance, and budget analyst.
Joe retired in 2012 and took up fly fishing. His favorite spot was in Paradise, UT. His other hobbies included golf, and turning a frame and bucket of bolts into a gorgeous Hotrod to show off at local community car shows. He enjoyed lawn work, reading, skiing, hang gliding, and walking his dogs.
Joe was proceeded in death by his mother and father, Earl Sr. & Harriet Darby, as well as his older sister Linda Riel, and younger brother, Stephen Darby.
He is survived by his wife, Kathie, his three children, Alesha (Mike) Delgado, Andrea (Marc) Roylance, Logan (Lorena) Darby, and his stepson Michael (Hannah) Morris, and stepdaughter Lynette (Ryan) Craig, as well as their grandchildren, Alexis, Wyatt, Darby, Mary-Cannon, Francis, Taylor, Connor, Harrison, Ivy, Addison, Hudson, and Violet.
The family is holding an Irish Wake in memory of Joe.
October 25th, 2023, at Union Grill, 315 24th St. Ogden from 6 to 8 PM.
An Irish Wake is not just about mourning, it’s centers on the person who has passed away, and all that they meant to their loved ones during life. Family, friends, and acquaintances share stories and memories, creating an unusual, yet very distinctive atmosphere that combines both laughter and tears. Dress is casual and please bring your favorite memory of Joe and be ready to tell the story.
~Joe’s wife would like to ask that in lieu of flowers, please donate in honor of Joe, to the YCC Ogden, Family Crisis Center. Joe volunteered for them and it is near and dear to their hearts. She’d also like to thank the many medical professionals for the loving care Joe received over the years. Canyon Hospice was incredibly helpful in those final weeks~