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Darrell Charles Thurman


August 23, 2016

March 11, 1945 - Aug. 17, 2016 Darrell Charles Thurman, 71, of Scio, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016.

He was born March 11, 1945 in Springfield, Colo., the son of Charles and Elmo “Peggy” (Pridemore) Thurman.

Darrel finished high school in Kingman, Ariz. in 1963. After that he entered the United States Navy, serving on the destroyer tender USS Prairie AD5 in Vietnam until 1967. Darrell lived in Los Angeles County for 10 years, working for LA County Sheriff’s Office until 1976.

He moved to Oregon in 1976, settling in Sweet Home in 1977. He worked for Linn County Sheriff’s Department until 1998. He and his wife moved to Scio in 1989.

Darrell and his wife shot in police competition handgun matches for many years. He was a strong supporter of the NRA and of the Second Amendment. He enjoyed woodworking and building cedar strip canoes and boats, as well as fishing.

In recent years he and his best friend Don Thompson were building and selling sheet metal campfire ovens for hikers and backpackers.

Darrell is survived by his wife of 38 years, Donna (Francis) Thurman; sons Curt and wife Jeanne Thurman of Kingman, Ariz., and Larry Thompson of Sweet Home; daughters Michelle and husband Kai Lamb of Austin, Texas and Terry Thompson of Sweet Home; seven grandchildren – Sandy Thompson, Tyler and Amanda Thurman, Jordan and Reagan Lamb, Katie and Wyatt Ensley; and great-granddaughter and buddy Kadence Thompson.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and sister, Linda Thurman Tennant.

A celebration of life was held Aug. 20 at Sweet Home Mennonite Church with a reception and open house following.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.


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