Darl C. Foster
July 16, 1927 – March 29, 2013
Darl C. Foster 1927-2013
Darl C. Foster of Shasta Lake, age 85, died Friday, March 29, 2013. Born in Thatcher, Arizona on July 16, 1927, Darl served in the Navy during World War II then moved to southern California in 1949. He worked for Southern Pacific Railroad for many years until he earned his college degree and teaching credential from California State University, Fullerton. In 1968, he and his family moved to Redding. He taught 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at Happy Valley School until his retirement in the mid-1980s. He was also a volunteer with the Happy Valley Fire Department. He was a member of the Elks for 45 years.
Darl was a man of many talents and interests over the years. He loved to golf, hunt, fish, swim, scuba dive, play pool, ride motorcycles, ballroom dance, and sing. He had a wonderful baritone voice enjoyed by all who were fortunate enough to hear him. He was also quite the handyman and builder. When in southern California, he built a 14 foot cabin cruiser which he motored to Catalina Island and back. He also built his house in Happy Valley.
He will be well-remembered by his friends and family, as well as his former students. His wife Gene used to say that they frequently met up with former students when in town, all of whom said Darl was a wonderful, remarkable teacher who made learning fun.
Darl is preceded in death by his beloved wife Gene Mitchell, who died in July 2012. He is survived by his daughters Kathe Green of Nevada and Jo Ann (Mark) Skousen of New York, his sister Loretta Crawford of Oklahoma, his brother Bob Cates of Texas, his uncle Keith Johnson of Arizona, five grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Whiskeytown Cemetery on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
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April 15, 2013
Darl and I were teaching colleagues, friends and next-door neighbors. We fought fires together and partied together. So many good memories. Glad he's back with his beloved Gene.
April 10, 2013
I'm very sadden to hear about his passing. Darl was too my dad and was a wonderful man. He helped me in math and still remember standing at the board as he should me tricks. I remember making root beer that we watched explod all over the classroom fun times. Camping every summer at the beach was my favorite . Darl will be missed.
Judy Merriman Reynolds
April 10, 2013
Mr. Foster was the best. I was in his class over at the Fire Hall. He taught us to cook and work as a team. He always encouraged us in each and every way. I alway wondered where he was and how he was doing. He had a paddle that over looked the class room, it had the head of a coyote on it. Several of the guys could speak of their moments with the paddle. It was a good day, every day with Mr. Foster. With Love and fond memories. Thank You :) Love to all his family and my you always know he had an impact on so many lives. May God Bless. Love You Mr. Foster, Judy of Happy Valley School 7-8th grade 1968-69 :)
April 8, 2013
I HAD MR. FOSTER AS A TEACHER OF MINE WHILE I WAS AT HAPPY VALLEY ELEMENTARY. HE WAS A GOOOD MAN AND I ENJOYED HAVING HIM AS A TEACHER OF MINE. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY AND HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL.
April 6, 2013
I was saddened to hear of Darl's passing, yet I celebrate the long and full life he lived. For me, he was a wellspring of knowledge and life experience that he would freely share- a true teacher and Renaissance man. During my formative years in the 70s, Darl was my “Dad” and having him in my life at that time was a priceless treasure. He showed me surveying and construction techniques, finance, we rode motorcycles, shot guns, went camping, chopped down trees and cooked pigs in the ground. He helped me buy my first vehicles and even showed me how to work on them- and on and on. So to Darl I again say thank you and rest in peace. Myself and many other students are better people for having known you.