Lon M. Darnell (59) of Sweet, passed away February 22, 2022.
Lonnie was born on May 29, 1962, to Owen “Dutch” Darnell & Phyllis Darnell (Hanby). Lonnie attended school in Sweet, Montour & Emmett, graduating Emmett High School in 1980. During high school, the “Red Rocket” defeated many in wrestling. After graduating he married Robin Carlock, and together they had sons Ross & Alan.
Lonnie was a genuine country boy who loved fishing and hunting, working in the woods, & eventually went on to run his own Logging Company. He loved to tell stories about his time in the woods. He was very proud of being raised on a ranch & the little bunch of cows he raised for years. Although he couldn’t keep a beat or carry a tune, music had his heart. Anything from “Hey Good Lookin” by Hank Sr., to Alan Jackson’s “Blues Man”. He & the boys always rocked out to “Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train”. Lonnie also loved a good chainsaw, the smell of diesel in the morning, pretty girls, & his old dog “Bill”. He always called to say “hi, this that ‘n’ whatever”. Sometimes he was Deadshot Reed at Two Bear Basin calling to see if your refrigerator was running, other times he had his phone to the speaker with a good song he wanted you to hear. He thought the world of his mom and talked to her almost every day. On the road he never missed a “Chevy with a light out”, & goodbye was usually, “Peace, Love & Donny Osmond”.
He was preceded in death by his father “Dutch” Darnell, brother Daniel, & stepfather Rex Hanby. He is survived by his dear sons Ross (Allie), & Alan (Kayla), his mother Phyllis Hanby, sisters Pennee Thomson & Luane Dean (Dave), brothers Kirk Darnell (Sherri), & Greg Darnell (Jonette). Grandchildren Ryder, Dace, Leighton, Oaklee & Seth. Many nieces/nephews, former wife Robin Rood, best friend Dale Eldridge & his loyal dog Slick.
Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at the Potter Funeral Chapel. A Graveside service will follow at the Sweet Cemetery. Friends & family are also invited to a celebration at the Triangle Restaurant of Sweet.
In lieu of flowers, the Family requests that all donations be made to the Sweet Montour Syringa Club Hall Fund. The Family would also like to recognize Dale & Kim Eldridge for their help & support, as well as the Doctors & team of nurses at St. Alphonsus Nampa.
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