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925 S 27th Street
BILLINGS, MT 59101
Phone: 406-245-6427
Fax: 406-259-3558
David Darnielle

David Edward Darnielle

Tuesday, October 18th, 1960 - Monday, May 4th, 2020
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One thing you can say about Dave is that he lived his life on his own terms. He was intelligent, a hard worker, good sense of humor, artistic, and he played hard! One might say he was a bit of a hell raiser!
David E. Darnielle was born October 18, 1960, in Billings, Montana, to Aubrey M. and Lois M. Darnielle. He passed away at home in the early evening hours of May 4, 2020, from health complications, with his wife Lisa by his side.
David grew up tearing around on motorcycles, riding up on the Rims behind the family home. He loved to collect rocks, he had a soft spot in his heart for animals and was very artistic. He built a ramp once for his dog, Jake, because as the dog got older he couldn’t jump in to the back of the pickup truck and Dave felt his doggie pride was at stake!
David went to school in Billings, and married Darcy Smith in 1993. They had a son, Devin A. Darnielle, who was born in 1987. David and Darcy divorced, and he later met Lisa Miller and they were married on 11/11/11.
My memory of Dave’s working years recalls the Billings Ramada Inn in Maintenance; Sysco, Warehouse Maintenance helping to manage the introduction of their new ammonia refrigeration system; Sweetheart Bakery, Equipment Maintenance; and Empire Steel Manufacturing Company, as a Welder and Equipment Maintenance worker.
Dave was known to have CANDY in his tool box at all times, earning him the nickname of “the Candy Man!” I’m pretty sure the Snap On Tool man loved Dave, as Dave loved good tools.
Dave was greeted in Heaven by his Mom and Dad, Grandparents and friends. He leaves behind his wife Lisa, Lisa’s daughter Lorieal, his son Devin (Brittany), grandson Drayk, sisters Teresa (Mark Morse), Deanna (Corky Staudinger), and Carol. His nephews Jesse Larson, Robby Carson, Eddie Carson and their families. His Aunt AvaLee in Idaho and his cousins there were important in his life as he spent summers with them growing up. He also has his Aunt Verna living out in Vancouver, with cousins there.
His son Devin writes, “You are free to be wild now Coyote. I Love You So Much Dad. I miss you dearly. Thank you so much for your guidance and your love, you are such a great dad.”
Rest in Peace David. We love you.
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    Yellowstone Valley Memorial Park
    Address
    3605 Grand Ave
    BILLINGS, MT
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    graveside service Saturday, May 16th at 10:00 A.M.

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Loretta Kiser

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Mark Feltis

Posted at 11:03pm
I first met David when we were put together as lab partners in Mr. Rae’s 8th grade earth science class at Will James. We didn’t have any “after school” association, but once you met David, you were always his friend. He would always greet me (with a laugh) when we would see each other in subsequent school years. David was “crazy,” but he was kind. I remember in class he whispered to me the struggles one of our girl classmates was having (all in sympathy for her) ... reflecting on it now, that was quite mature for a 14 year old kid. I haven’t seen David since high school. I have met lots of “hippies,” but have never met a “hippy” like David ... he was truly unique. I am sure he will be sorely missed by family and friends that were close to him. Know that even those of us who knew him casually were still touched by him ... at times when my twin brother and I reminisce about people from our growing up years, when we bring up David, we have lots of good laughs. Sincerely, Mark Feltis, Pullman, WA
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Tim & Christie Thielen

Posted at 09:07am
We are so sorry for your loss. David was one of the most talented people I know. I will never forget the roses he made. Our warmest condolences!
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