Billie Wayne Darling, the third child of Guy & Ferl Darling of Lehi, Utah passed away peacefully in the arms and care of his loving wife of 62 years, DeRae Darling on May 29, 2012.
He was born on May 30, 1929 in Lehi, Utah and remained in his beloved hometown for the vast majority of his life. Following his graduation from Lehi High School and a brief stay at BAC (SUU) Bill married DeRae Darling in March of 1950. His love for DeRae and her family brought him great joy and happiness into his life. The two of them are an example to their children and family of how to hold onto love and enjoy both the ups and the downs.
Bill was an accomplished Mink Rancher and was involved in that industry for many years after liquidating his own ranch. He had an illustrious career with the U.S.Dept. of Defense, working at The Tooele Army Depot for 34 years. His career as an Ammunition Engineer gave him the chance to live and work in South Korea and several other Army Bases around the world. He had a firm conviction and loyalty to the government that he worked for and the freedoms this country provided for him.
He is survived by his wife DeRae, four children, Gil (Debbie) Darling Springville, Utah, Val (Kalene) Darling Lehi, Utah, Dale Z. (Renae) Darling NSL, Utah and DeEtte (Flynn) Chivers Springville, Utah He also leaves behind 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 2 new souls who will be born in the very near future.
His example of patience, compromise and learning will bless our family for many generations to come. His religion was as simple as he was and exemplified in his lifelong motto, "do unto others as you would have them do unto you..." Bill was a very peaceful man who found happiness in many books, his garden, fishing/hunting but most of all in his soulful pursuit of the game of golf. He took great pride in being able to share the game of golf with his wife and all his children. His passion for cooking and sharing the fruits of his labor have provided joy and comfort for anyone who had the good fortune to spend time in his kitchen.
A viewing will be held in his honor on Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 10-11am in Lehi, Utah at Wing Mortuary, 118 East Main. Graveside services will be held at the Lehi Cemetery, 1100 North 400 East, for family and friends who wish to attend at 11am. Online guest book at wingmortuary.com.