The Curry Coastal Pilot

Darold I. Carlin passed away Dec. 27, 2012, at his Harbor home. He was 83.

Darold was born March 4, 1929, in Denver, Colo., to Adrian and Florence (Burke) Carlin. He entered the U.S. Navy shortly after high school and served aboard ship during the Korean Conflict.

Following an honorable discharge, Darold began civilian work as a civil engineer for the U.S. Air Force. During his career, he worked at several different Air Force bases in California including Wright Patterson, Edwards and McChord. It was while working at Edwards that Darold had a part in the development of the space shuttle.

He married Evelyn Boyle May 24, 1962, in Fort Bragg, Calif. They lived in California until moving to Brookings in 1990.

Evelyn preceded him in death 2002 after 40 years of marriage. Two years later, while at a singles gathering at Ship Ashore, Darold met Nancy Price, who would become his second wife.

Darold loved being by the ocean, fishing and reading books, especially Louis L'Amour. He also enjoyed doing different types of puzzles and collecting antiques. Darold was a member at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church and member and past president of NARFE, the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.

Survivors include his wife Nancy Price of Harbor; daughters and sons-in-law Darlene and Chuck Messerli of Grants Pass, Lisa and Joe Wolfe of Gallatin, Tenn.; grandchildren Courtney Grates and her husband Rob of Phoenix, Ariz., Ferrin Messerli of Grants Pass, Amber Sims and Ryan Sims of Fair Oaks, Calif.; sister Darlene Lewis of Grants Pass; nieces Katie, Bridget and Becci.

Darold was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Pico Jr.

A memorial service was held at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church. Following cremation, Darold will be buried in the ocean in which he loved.

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Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.