John (Jack) Averril Darger

John (Jack) Averril Darger

On November 3rd 2021, while in a Reno hospital recovering from abdominal surgery, Jack suddenly and peacefully passed away while having a nap. His two children were by his side.

Jack was born on March 27th 1942 in the family home on Chetco Avenue Brookings Oregon to John Dillon Darger and Agnes Catherine (Schons) Darger. Jack was the 4th of 4 siblings and only son.

When Jack was 2 years old, the family built their home on Hemlock St and this is where the family was raised.

Jack graduated from Brookings Harbor High School in 1960 and remained lifelong friends with several classmates. Following graduation, Jack was employed by South Coast Lumber Co. Jack worked as a Timber Cruiser, and with the Engineering and Road Crews. This was before there were any roads past where Loeb State Park is located now, so Jack would hike into the backcountry for several days at a time with a crude backpack, bedroll and his cruising axe. On his days off, Jack would often stake out roads for logger Shirley Laird’s crew to build during the week.

On December 14th 1963, Jack married the love of his life, Randi Hopkins, following a 6 week courtship. Jack and Randi had two children, Sue, born in 1965 and Scott, born in 1967.

The couple were married for 54 years until the passing of Randi in 2018.

Shortly after getting married, Jack was offered a job by Randi’s father and co-owner of BZH Logging Company.

Jack would eventually buy this business and bring on his partner and brother-in-law, Edmond Gran.

BZH grew into a profitable contract logging business, with the early years spent logging redwoods in Northern California. Upon an early retirement in his early 40’s, Jack purchased a backhoe and became a land developer, putting in a subdivision in Harbor on Gavin Ln and later contracted with what is now Salmon Run Golf course, putting in the infrastructure there. Jack truly lived the old-school value of work hard, play hard and always put your family first.

This legacy lives on in his children and grandchildren.

Jack was a huge supporter and “Super Fan” of youth and high school sports, sometimes attending several games every weekend of great grandchildren and friends that he thought of as family. During the 1980’s, Jack was instrumental in starting the Brookings Harbor Booster club to help financially support athletic departments during school budget crises.

Jack and Randi were blessed with many opportunities to travel, favorite trips being an annual trek to Arizona with a group of great friends to watch baseball Spring training.

They also travelled to Australia and New Zealand to celebrate their 25th Wedding Anniversary, went to New Mexico for the hot air balloon festival and explored the cliff dwellings of Native Americans in that region. Annual family camping trips to the high lakes of the Cascade mountains in central Oregon to fish for monster German Brown trout and water skiing were filled with making lasting memories. Jack was happiest when his family was all together. He had a quick wit and fantastic sense of humor, with a “poker face” that fooled many an unsuspecting soul. He had a laugh that carried for what seemed like miles.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. He is survived by his daughter, Sue Darger of Brookings, son Scott Darger and daughter in law Nikki of Brookings. Grandson Gavin McVay and wife Kelli of Brookings, granddaughter Brenna Mcvay of Brookings, granddaughter Mallory Darger of Brookings, grandson Alec Darger of Roy, Utah, grandson Bret Darger of Brookings and granddaughter Averi Carroll of Brookings. Great grandchildren Preston and Paisley McVay of Brookings.

Jack is also survived by sisters Phyllis (Bob) Kerr, Joanne (Mike) Wildman, Marge (Ed) Gran and many nephews and nieces.

There will be a celebration of life for Jack on December 11th, 2021 from 12:30pm to 4:00pm at the Brookings Elks Lodge, 800 Elk Dr Brookings Oregon.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Brookings Harbor Booster Club PO BOX 1901 Brookings Oregon 97415.

Cremation services were provided by Truckee Meadows, Reno NV

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