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Darin Lavern Gardner - September 27, 2012


Darin Lavern Gardner, 47 years old, passed away peacefully in his home in Thornton, Colo. on Aug. 28, 2012.
He was born April 5, 1965, to Myron and Carol Gardner at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver, Colo.
He lived in Arvada, Colo. growing up and graduated from Arvada West High School.
He worked at the Arvada Elks 2278 as a waiter and then worked in the kitchen as a cook when he was 14 and 15 years old. He worked at the Black Angus Restaurant also as a cook. He watched the food channels on TV all his life and loved to cook.
Darin went to Warren Tech to learn auto body work and later bought his own shop called Angel Auto Body.
Darin was a perfectionist in everything he did. No car left the shop if his worker left a run in the paint on a car. Darin would repaint it himself.
He married in 1988 and had a daughter, Brittany, born June 17, 1992. He moved to Las Vegas, Nev. and lived there a couple years.
When he moved back to Colorado he went to school to become an electrician.
Darin was an artist and was always drawing pictures for his daughter. He loved to go to Stanley Lake and camp with mom and dad and was a great slalom water skier.
Darin bought a home in Thornton, Colo. in 2000. He lived there until his death.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Cecil and Luella Rhoads and grandfather, Calvin Gardner.
Darin is survived by his daughter, Brittany; parents, Myron and Carol Gardner; sister, Diann Hilliard and nephews, Jared and Jesse Hilliard; uncle, Gary Rhoads; aunts, Pauline Brandt, LaVeta Reynolds, LeAnna Goff; uncles, Delvin Gardner and Lauren Gardner; and grandmother, Edna Gardner, age 99 (recently deceased).