Elmer Bert Darrah
February 1, 1946 – July 22, 2018
On June 30, 2018, Bert Darrah celebrated his 40th Wedding Anniversary with his wife, Judy Darrah, his children, grandchildren, and many friends. It was a time to gather and rejoice in this wonderful milestone with music, laughter, stories, and food. All the things that Bert held dear in his heart.
Born February 1,1946 Bert grew up in Spokane, Washington where his father, Elmer Darrah Sr., was Battalion Chief and his mother, Aggie Darrah, worked for Collier Motors. They all lived in the house that Elmer built for the family on North Ash. In 1964 the family completed the house at the farm in Deer Park. Bert was the youngest of three siblings. His older brother, Michael, passed shortly after birth. His older sister, Connie (78), currently resides in Boston. Bert’s life was spent making other people happy. He would help anyone that asked and was quick with a smile, a hug, and a very distinctive laugh that filled a room. Bert drove for Meals on Wheels delivering food and companionship to many homebound far and wide. He would drive the elderly to doctor appointments and run short errands as needed. Bert was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Eagle’s Club. He volunteered as a Moose Merry-Maker and would dress up as a clown to entertain children. He graduated from North Central High School in 1964 and began working for Kaiser in 1970. For thirty-one years, Bert worked for Kaiser Aluminum at the Mead facility and shared many stories from pranks he and his coworkers would play on each other to the time he spent driving his forklift. Family members would get tours of the plant with Bert as he proudly showed the products the factory made. Everyone got an aluminum ingot stamped by him after the tour. These ingots are cherished. Bert raised his son, Ed (44, Colville), as a single parent for four years and then he married Judy in 1978. This blended family grew with Judy’s two children Jeff Leavitt (56 spouse Susan, Wenatchee) and Joan Moore (58,Olympia). Bert was loving and caring and supportive of his family. Bert was a wonderful father and step-father, but he truly shined at being Grandpa Bert. He was very involved in their lives and achievements attending baseball games, concerts, soccer games, and proudly sharing his grandchildren’s accomplishments with everyone he met. Every grandchild would often hear the words “I Luv-a, Luv-a , Luv-a You”. Even when they were teenagers and rolled their eyes at this common phrase, it is one that will always remain in their hearts. Bert and Judy have eight grandchildren, Melinda Richardson (27 Spouse Zak, Spokane), Daniel Leavitt (25, Wenatchee), Ryan Leavitt (24, Wenatchee), Cameron Moore (24 spouse Philomena, Lacey), Austin Mattozzi (24, Colville),Heather Moore (20, Ellensburg), Alisa Mattozzi (17, Colville), and Addison Mattozzi (10,Colville). Bert always included his pets as “kids” so they must be included here: Princess (horse), Tippy (cat), Brandy (dog), Katie (dog), Mittens (cat), Bailey (dog) and Scooter (dog). Bert has been a member of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection over 34 years. His faith was always strong and unwavering. When he was diagnosed with a terminal melanoma, Bert was at peace with the knowledge that he would be going home to the Lord and to see many friends and family members that had passed before him. His last few days were spent at Hospice House on the South Hill where he was kept comfortable and surrounded by friends and family. Bert lived a principled life where he practiced loving God, loving people and loving the gift of nature. He was generous and mindful toward those in need, and looked for ways to quietly support. By his wife, children and grandchildren, and friends he will be forever loved, and forever in their hearts. In lieu of flowers, any donations can be given to Hospice House of Spokane or a charity of your choice. Their love and support are invaluable to families. The service is being held Friday, August 3, 2018 at 10:00 and the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in the Spokane Valley.
- Memorial Service Friday, August 3, 2018