OBITUARY

William "Darby" Washburn

February 2, 1968October 7, 2020
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William “Darby” Washburn passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, surrounded by his children and family. During his short 52 years, he accomplished many goals and enjoyed great success. He was born on February 2, 1968, to Bill Washburn and Azilda Marino Washburn in Enumclaw, Washington. Just a few years later, his family moved to Norco, Louisiana. Darby quickly found a love for duck hunting, fishing, and even gardening by working in his grandfather’s crop fields. At 14, he started his first job at Sportsman’s store in Norco and never stopped working to help his family and friends.

At 18, Darby joined the United States Marine Corp, serving in Desert Storm and later continuing in the reserves. He landed his first big job at Shell Chemical at the age of 20. Five years later he gave it all up to bring his young family home to Morgan City to work in the oilfield where he could have the chance to make it big. Darby did just that, accomplishing every goal he ever set for himself. He made his family proud by first working his way up from tank cleaner to general manager of Coral Marine Services. From there, he went on to start his own successful businesses, including his beloved Washburn Marine Shipyard.

He loved his family and his many friends and his presence will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his children, Alexander Joseph Washburn and Anna Leigh Washburn of Berwick, Louisiana; his brothers, Jamie Washburn and his wife, Summer, of Pasco, Washington; Bill Washburn of Priest River, Idaho; Brad Washburn of Washington; Eddie Marino of LaPlace, Louisiana; his sister, Connie Johansen of Port Orchard, Washington; and his nephew, Nathan Washburn of Pasco, Washington.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Azilda Marino Washburn of LaPlace, Louisiana and his father, William Henry Washburn of Ellensburg, Washington.

A time of memorial visitation will be held for Darby on Thursday, October 15 from 9am until memorial services which will begin at 2pm at Hargrave Funeral Home.

In keeping with government mandate regarding limited gatherings, Hargrave Funeral Home can accommodate 150 guests in the facilities during the memorial visitation and 75 guests in the chapel during memorial services. All guests are required to wear a mask upon entry of the funeral home.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

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John Hoopaugh

October 15, 2020

I was blessed to share an elk hunting trip to Pat Smith’s cabin in New Mexico with Darby and his son Alex. He will be missed by all who knew him. I was proud to call him my friend! Deepest sympathy for his family. John Hoopaugh

Jim Clendenon

October 13, 2020

Darby, was a good friend and a great guy we shared some good times together, he always had a smile on his face, his glass was always half full. I will miss him he left the earth way to soon may you Rest In Peace my friend.

Jim Clendenon

ursin abbate

October 13, 2020

Well, I always hoped this day would never come in my lifetime. I always told Darby "pop" as we referred to one another, (long story).. that I didn't want him to predecease me because I knew I wouldn't take it well due to the special friendship we shared. From the very first day we met, we instantly became friends, lifelong friends. My parents loved Darby and his brother Jamie. All my brothers and sisters took a liking to both of them. We grew up together in the small town of Norco and attended Destrehan High School together. We had some great times together, great memories ! Darby made a difference in my life as he has in many other's lives. I always knew Darby would be successful in life. He was determined, hard working and very intelligent. He didn't leave anyone behind.. He pulled many friends and strangers up with him.. I witnessed that many times. Darby helped me change my life after my divorce. He was there for me ! I never asked him, he just did it ! I felt in debt to him and still do. Tamera ( Darby's ex wife ) shared with me that Darby wanted to do special things for me because I had helped him with things earlier in life. You never owed me anything "pop", I certainly hope you never felt like you did. From there, years later as things would have it, I was able to help him through his divorce, gave him advice, my time and pushed him down the road. I was glad I could be there for him.. it did my heart good ! We reconnected ! Thank you Jesus ! We both helped each other through those difficult times. We were there for each other ! That's what friends are for.. I know down deep in my heart that Darby loved me as I loved him ! We made it a point to spend time together again. Life will never be the same ! I love you "pop". I can only pray that one day we are reunited in heaven together and we can have a big hug as we have always hugged when we left each other and told each other " love ya pop " I LOVE YOU POP ! R.I.P.

Larry Martin

October 12, 2020

I've known Darby for more than 20 years. I helped him build Washburn Marine Shipyard. I was his first welder. Our first year, we picked up 250 boats. I must say ,with just 4 guys, we couldn't stop. Our chain is really broken. Darby and I were really close. We had our saying, " A brother, from another mother." He was like a brother to me. I'm really feeling that void. "RIP" my brother, until we meet again. Love, 'TICK!"

Marguerite Weber

October 12, 2020

Darby was such a nice boy, growing up with him in Norco, La. He would come by and spend time with my younger brother, Ursin Abbate. Those two were something, always laughing together, but the best of friends. Darby was so cute and our youngest sister, Frances, always had a crush on him. She thought he was a “God.” And his looks and all-around personality made girls attracted to him. I was so sorry to hear of his sudden, untimely death. I’m sending my love ❤️and sympathy to the family.

Cory Fuhrer

October 11, 2020

Darby was a customer, neighbor, but most of all a friend. He was always there for me. Especially, last year during a hurricane when he came over in the pouring rain to help me get my generator running.
He was a friend to my children as well. He would always honk his horn at us while we where driving our golf cart. I will always see his goofy wave when my kid's would yell at him "hey Mr. Darby".
When he would call me or when I called him, he would always great me with "hey neighbor "
That is something I am truly going to miss.
He will definitely be missed by my family as well as his friends and family.
Until we meet again, rest in peace "neighbor "

Dawn Marino Hernandez

October 11, 2020

Darby was my cousin and we shared our birthday together along with his older brother Eddie and on February 3 his younger brother Jamie. How unique and odd at the same time his mother, Azilda managed to have her sons born on those 2 days. We drifted apart but I always told him Happy Birthday on February 2nd. I always wondered if he did the same. I hope he did.
As I read the words of so many people I thought of the man and the father he had become, how respected he was and I was thankful that people he met on his journey thought of him as family. I often wondered if he felt alone. He was not alone.
I will miss his smile and his laughter like so many years before. I can place him in my heart for the rest of my life as though he has really never left my heart.
Give everyone a big hug and a kiss and tell them we miss and love them.
Taken to soon and forever missed. God Bless

Buddy Rogers

October 11, 2020

Boy!! I was I in shock when I received the tragic news that we had lost "Darby" ; And I still cant believe hes really gone. He was such a great guy--- who served his country, worked hard to provide for family & friends. A very smart man and good to work for. All i can say is He left us way to early. RIP my brother.. Buddy

Stokely Carmichael

October 11, 2020

All I can do is Smile & Laugh Every Time I Hear His Name. . We Never shared a Bad Moment, just true pure honest friendship & respect.
A True Southern Gentleman, who always adored his kids & family.

Jennifer Kimberlin

October 11, 2020

One of my memories of Darby is that we both loved 80’s heavy metal music. One year, I found the perfect Christmas gift for him; A book called The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band written by the members of Motley Crue. I was living in Hollywood at the time and knew someone who was friends with Nicki Sixx, and I tried to get him to sign the book for Darby. I wasn’t able to do that lol, but I think Darby really loved the book! I know Darby is hanging out with Eddie Van Halen right about now. Rock on, Darby! You left way too soon.

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