Darrell Elsworth Ward
Nampa, Idaho - Darrell E. Ward passed away in the early morning hours at his home beside the love of his life on December 12, 2021. He was born on July 1, 1934, in Kuna, Idaho to George Banks and Gladys May (Selby) Ward.
As a child, Darrell’s family moved from Kuna, Idaho, to Ontario, Oregon. He graduated in 1952 from Ontario High School. He served in the United States Air Force from 1956 to 1960. After his service to his country, he returned to the family farm in Middleton, Idaho. He purchased the home and dairy from his parents between his return home and 1968, when he met and married his “girl”, Rhina Fay Brennan. They celebrated 53 years of marriage this past June. He farmed for years and was part of the National Farmers Organization where he was elected Chapter President for a term. After selling the farm, Darrell ventured into his own business for a time: Ward Feed and Seed. He was well known and respected in the farming community. He and his wife made the decision to sell the business and move to her home state of Texas, pursuing work in the oil field industry with his brothers-in-law. Darrell always said that he was a “Jack of all trades”. This was evident as he seemed to be able to do almost any job. He was admired and highly valued by many with whom he worked. He inspired many other quiet and unassuming people just like him. He worked with pride and sincerity. Darrell retired in 1998 after working in various positions for the state of Texas maintenance department. He and his family lived in San Angelo, Texas, for almost a quarter of a century. In 2005, Darrell and Fay moved back to Idaho to be near those they loved dearly, their children and grandchildren. Anyone who knew him knew how important family was in his life. He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior and was baptized at Grape Creek Baptist Church, San Angelo, Texas, almost 23 years to the date prior to his passing. His faith became an important part of his life. Besides puttering around the house, Darrell’s most beloved hobby was gardening. He kept busy tending his vegetable garden as well as canning the abundance harvested from it. He was always busy. His dill pickles were the treat many a grandkid asked for when visiting his house, and he was always ready with a jar to send home with them. He was a simple man with very few complaints in life. He always had witty sayings and his sense of humor brought smiles and laughter to many of us.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by seven of his siblings: Garland, Marjorie, William, Russell, Glen, George, and Ila. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his four daughters and their spouses: Angelia Harrison (Harry), Shelli Dice (Devin), Sherri Oman (Curtis), and Susan Robinson (Aaron); as well as his twelve grandchildren: Kailey, Annysia, Leah, Seth, Emily, Lindi, Elizabeth, Cooper, Pete, Jack, Leona, and Joseph; and three great grandchildren: Riley, Ridley, and Otis. One brother, Wendell Ward, and a plethora of nieces, nephews, and many beloved friends also mourn his passing.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, December 19 at 4:00 pm at his home church, New Covenant Baptist Church located at 624 Lake Lowell Avenue, Nampa, Idaho.
…and with that, as Darrell would say, “See you later alligator.”
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