Darrell was born July 12, 1967, in Seattle, where he attended Meadowvale High School and later worked at the Monroe Correctional Facility. On June 16, 1989, he married the love of his life, Carole Lynn Rettig, also from Seattle.
In 2009 Darrell was diagnosed with Stage 4 multiple cell melanoma (skin cancer). Despite the odds, he survived years longer than had been predicted, and in 2012 he and Carole made the decision to relocate to Thompson Falls because they had vacationed several times in the area and fallen in love with it.
He worked at Conoco Feed & Fuel in Thompson Falls until shortly before his death. Many of his regular customers had no idea he was even ill, because he was committed to working until he became unable. He urged Carole to become involved in activities that would interest her long after he was gone. She chose to join the local dog-training club, and he continued to be her greatest proponent.
Darrell had a deep passion for NASCAR; Dale Earnhardt was his favorite driver. He also loved camping, fishing, horses and hunting. More than anything else, however, he loved spending time with his four grandchildren, Mackenzie, Sammy, Justin and Adam.
He was known for having a big heart, a great sense of humor, and an extremely generous spirit.
Darrell is survived by his wife Carole of Thompson Falls; sons, Jacob and Zachary of Seattle; parents, Bob and Bonita Jensen of Arizona and Ron and Debbie Trimble of Idaho; and siblings, Darren Trimble and Tilleia Jensen of Seattle. He is also survived by his four grandchildren. He leaves behind five beloved dogs, Lucky, Dakota, Stella, Bear and Bailey, plus NASCAR friends John, Carolyn and Davey, good friends Bill and Jean, and Niki and Beth who were like daughters to him. He was preceded in death by grandfather Orval Hunter and grandmother Clydetta Hunter, both from Montana. He is most likely up fishing with both of them right now.
A celebration of Darrell’s life will be held Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. in PPL Power Park, Thompson Falls with a potluck barbecue. Friends are invited to come and share stories and enjoy fellowship in his memory. A service will be scheduled in western Washington at a later time.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Sanders County Dog Training Club, John and Carolyn, Darren and Patty, Tasha and Ashley, John and Barb Mosher, and Nurse Rebecca at Clark Fork Valley Hospital. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be sent in Darrell’s name to Sanders County Dog Training Club, P.O. Box 641, Thompson Falls, MT 59873.