|Birth: ||Jan. 27, 1938|
|Death: ||Mar. 12, 2012|
George E. Darrah, age 74, passed away on Monday, March 12, 2012, at Eastern Montana Veterans Home in Glendive after a brief but courageous battle with brain cancer. Per George's request no services will be held. Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.
George was born on Jan. 27, 1938, in Billings, Mont., the son of Martin King and Mildred (Poland) Darrah. He attended area schools and graduated from Columbus High School in Columbus, Mont. Following graduation, George enlisted in the United States Air Force where he met his wife of 50 years, Sandy, on a blind date. After George was honorably discharged from military service in January of 1963, he returned back to the family ranch in Columbus to work the land that was homesteaded by his grandfather, Mel Poland. George and Sandy later moved to North Dakota where he attended North Dakota School of Science and after graduation, George was hired with Bell Labs in Naperville, Ill. Wanting to get back to the West, he applied and was hired for US West in Cheyenne, Wyo., as an engineer.
In 1981, two days before Christmas, George moved his family to Glendive where he continued to work for US West until his retirement in 1994. He had a lifelong dream of building his own house outside of Glendive, which he fulfilled the following year. George graced his property with beautiful flowers and many trees, but his love was his large vegetable garden and selling many items he grew at the Glendive Farmers' Market. He was very proud of the hundreds of hours that he and many other community members spent rebuilding the Dawson County Fairground's Grandstands. George received the Governor's award for volunteering for the project, although he always said it was a community effort.
George was very proud of his family, and loved attending many school events for his grandchildren. He enjoyed hosting family holiday events including fry bread on Christmas morning and barbecuing any chance he got. He also enjoyed wintering in Quartzsite, Ariz., where he made many friends. In George's spare time, he enjoyed hunting, camping and fishing.
George was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Louise Ford.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Sandy of Glendive; three daughters, Betsy Knapp and her husband David of Sidney, Mont., Cathy Senescall and her husband Todd, and Amy Deines and her husband Allen, all of Glendive; grandchildren Tyler and Casey Knapp, Rhylee and Lauren Senescall, and Dara, Shay, Auna and Kade Deines; and sister, Evelyn Pierce of Billings.
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Record added: Mar 15, 2012
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