Darrell Strickland, aged 63, of Abbott died Monday, January 16, 2017 at his home surrounded by friends and family. He was born April 26, 1953 in Willits, California to William Young and Addie Lee (Martin) Strickland.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy having proudly served three tours in Vietnam. Darrell started a family with Doreen (Morelli) Strickland on March 3, 1979 in Coos Bay, Oregon. He has been a resident of Abbott for the past 11 years.
Darrell loved life. He enjoyed auto racing, scuba diving and snow mobiling but he especially enjoyed playing with his grandkids and building memories that will be forever cherished. The door to his home was always open to any child or grandchild that needed help with anything. He was an active member of the Abbott Volunteer Fire Department for numerous years having served as past Chief and Assistant Chief. Darrell was a wonderful husband, father and friend having never met a stranger.
Darrell is preceded in death by his parents William and Addie as well as two brothers D.J. Strickland and William Thomas and one sister Linda McCawley.
He is survived by his wife Doreen, sons Russell Strickland, John Strickland, Orry Kirkland and Lindsey Penny and daughters Addilee Strickland, Denise Osburn and Dena Munson. Darrell also leaves behind eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for Darrell will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 1 PM at the Abbott Baptist Church with a reception to follow at the Abbott Community Center.
Hewett-Arney Funeral Home of Temple is entrusted with the arrangements.