Darrell J. Robinett, 77, of Dayton, Wash., passed away peacefully Sunday, April 28, 2013, surrounded by his family in his home; after a courageous battle with cancer, he let go to the Lord.
Darrell was born to Albert and Evelyn Brown Robinett Dec. 1, 1935, in Grangeville. Many of his childhood memories were made in Nez Perce County in Idaho.
In 1953 at the age of 18, he entered into the U.S. Air Force and served in the 82nd Fighter Group/Air Defense. Darrell was awarded a National Defense service medal.
Compassionate about mechanics and running heavy equipment, Darrell chose logging as a career and became one of the most highly skilled operators ever known in Idaho, Washington and Oregon.
Together for more than 50 years, March 17, 1971, Darrell married his beautiful wife, Carol June (Penny) LaValley. They made their home in Lewiston for 15 years before moving to Dayton in 1989. There he started making some of his closest friends and spent many of his sunny days mowing grass for his family and neighbors. Darrell enjoyed listening to country music, collecting old records, tapes and eight-tracks. He loved to play pool, tinker on small motors, use a metal detector and build memories with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his four daughters, Kim, Lorie, Linda and Donna; five sons, Gary, Darrell, David, Paul and Butch; sisters Karen, Marge, Peggy and Betty; brothers Doug and Dick; grandchildren Matt, Jake, Justin, Nick, Sierra, Whitney, Ashlyn, Paul; and great-grandchildren Gunnar and Aiden.
Under Darrell's request there will be no services. A family gathering is still pending.