Darwin Elbert Harfert
April 27, 1936 – November 6, 2020
Darwin Elbert Harfert, 84, of Colorado Springs, died Nov 6, 2020, at Sunny Vista Living Center in Colorado Springs, CO. Darwin was born on Apr 27, 1936 to Ben and Lena Harfert at Saint Francis Hospital, in Colorado Springs, CO.
Darwin spent most of his childhood on his parent’s farm and ranch near Kutch, Colorado. Darwin attended Simla High School where he excelled in academics and 4 sports, football, basketball, baseball and track - where he set a school record for the shot put. After graduating from Big Sandy High School in Simla in 1954, he was a recipient of the National Bausch Lomb science award. He was also invited by the Chicago Cubs baseball organization to try-out for their Triple-A Denver Bears team. That fall, Darwin attended Colorado State University and pursued degrees in Chemistry and Agriculture.
In 1957, Darwin and his wife Pat Harfert and newborn son Michael Fred Harfert born 1956, moved to Grants, New Mexico where he was employed as a chemist by the Anaconda Uranium Mines. While living in New Mexico daughter Cynthia Jean Harfert (Hurst) 1958, and son Terryll Harfert 1959 were born.
In 1960, Darwin and his family moved back to Colorado and Darwin became the General Manager of the family-owned Dr. Pepper Bottling Company of Colorado Springs, CO.
In 1962, after his father, Ben, sold the bottling company, Darwin and his family moved to Simla, Colorado where Darwin operated the Harfert Enterprises Dairy, until 1968. With his friend, State Senator Ray Powers, Darwin also served on the National Board of Directors for the Mountain Empire Dairy Association.
In 1965 Darwin and his family moved to Kutch, CO and Darwin began farming and ranching again with his father Ben Harfert. Darwin and Ben would also purchase the Matheson Grain Elevator and operate it until 1978. In 1972, Darwin and Pat were divorced. Then, in 1974, Darwin remarried Donna (Bevans) Schmeiser. Donna’s sons, Marlin Schmeiser and Mike Schmeiser, along with Darwin’s children, would help Darwin and Donna on the farm until 1981.
In 1981, Darwin and his father sold the Grain Elevator along with the farm and ranch near Kutch, and moved the family to Simla, Colorado. Between 1981- 1987, Darwin would develop a custom harvesting business, which specialized in harvesting corn, wheat, and barley, traveling from Texas to Canada. In 1987, Darwin became a Representative-Appraiser for Farmers State Bank in Calhan, CO where he worked until he retired in 1995. Darwin and Donna moved to Colorado Springs in 1992.
In 1997, Darwin and Donna moved to Star Harbor, Malakoff, Tx. While in Star Harbor Darwin kept himself busy tending to his beautiful yard and was especially proud of his roses. He also became an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Malakoff, and helped develop the Food Pantry for the Church.
In 2017, Darwin and Donna moved back to Colorado Springs, where Both Donna and Darwin lived until Donna passed in 2018 and Darwin passed on Friday, Nov 6, 2020 .
Darwin was preceded in death by his wife Donna, and his parents Ben and Lena Harfert.
Darwin is survived by his brother, Allen Harfert and spouse Cathy, nephews Neal and Eric. Children: Michael Harfert and spouse Linda, Cindy Hurst, Terry Harfert and spouse Lori, Marlin Schmeiser and spouse Lisa, and Michael Schmeiser and spouse Renee. Grandchildren: Dan Harfert and spouse Rhia, Kristen Bisgard and spouse Adam, Brandan Harfert and spouse Whitney, Rachael Hurst, Brenna Colson and spouse Randy, Cody Schmeiser and spouse Maggie, Abbey Schmeiser, Cody Harfert, Ashley Schmeiser. Great Grandchildren: Alex and Lily Hurst, Izzy and Abbey Harfert, Jette and Daisy Harfert, Emerson and Ellis Bisgard, and Pryor Colson.
An online memorial of Darwin’s life can be found at www.forevermissed.com/darwin-harfert where anyone can post fond memories and pictures.
In remembrance of Darwin’s life, he requested that in lieu of flowers that charitable donations be made to First United Methodist Church of Malakoff TX, P.O Box 447, Malakoff, Tx 75148, or to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org/donate. Or for local donations American Cancer Society, P.O 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Send a note with zip code so donations go to your local Cancer Society.
Memorial services for Darwin will be held at a later date due to his wishes and the COVID guidelines. Details of the Memorial Service will be posted on the online memorial.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Darwin Elbert Harfert
Robert (Bob) Abrahamson
November 9, 2020
Please accept my condolences for the passing of Darwin. He will be greatly missed!
I will particularly remember Darwin from my summer "work vacation" at the ranch, where I aged from an 8 year old city slicker to an 8-1/2 year old "experienced ranch hand". It was quite the growing process for a youngster from Chicago to take part in working/playing on a ranch in Colorado, under the tutelage of two of the best cousins anybody could ever have, Darwin and Allen.
So much time has passed since my summer in Colorado, but the memories will last me a lifetime and has helped shape me as the person I am. I will forever be grateful for the time I was able to spend with Darwin, to be a part of his life and get to know what a really great guy he was.
November 8, 2020
I wanted to share my sorrow for the loss of your Dad, Granddad, Great-Granddad, brother and friend. I work with the Senior Counseling Group and have had the privilege of meeting with Darwin most weeks for the past year. He has a fun sense of humor and we laughed frequently. He often expressed a sincere love for family and friends. If you are able to have a memorial service, I would be honored to attend a celebration of life.
With kind regards,