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 Darian Kendall Eckhardt

Darian Kendall Eckhardt

The Woodlands, Montgomery County, Texas, USA
Death 14 Feb 2017 (aged 18)
Magnolia, Montgomery County, Texas, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 176335880 · View Source
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Darian Kendall Eckhardt was born January 15, 1999, at Memorial Herman Hospital in The Woodlands, Texas. She was given life by her mother, Donna Lynne Thomas Eckhardt, and delivered by her father, Obstetrician Donald Kent Eckhardt, Jr. She was readily welcomed by her brother, Donald Kent Eckhardt, III, and sister, Delaney Lynne Eckhardt. There was great joy when she was noted to have red hair like many of her mother’s family, Billy, Rosemary and Grandma Fern. Her close family was later joined by stepmother, Kari Jill Wagnon Eckhardt, step father, Richard Wagner, sister, Gracie McKenna Eckhardt, and siblings, Sean Riley Wagnon Strakos, Josh Wagner, and Zach Wagner.

From the very beginning Darian brought Joy to all around her; she radiated a warmth and happiness that was overwhelming.

Darian spent her entire academic life in Magnolia Independent School District. Darian was diagnosed with severe dyslexia when she was in 1st grade and with hard work and the aid of some wonderful staff and teachers was only months from graduating when her short life was tragically ended on Valentines Day 2017 on her way to school.

She participated in ballet, softball, swimming, and karate in her early years. At eight years old, Darian was the first girl to play youth football at South County Football League. She helped lead her team to a Super Bowl berth. Darian played Tight End and Defensive Tackle and was always a bit afraid she would hurt the boys. Coach Gunnell called her a “Flower” well before she blossomed into the strikingly beautiful young lady that she became.

Darian discovered her true talent in junior high when she began to sing. She and her sister, Delaney, wowed the junior high crowd with a beautiful duet and won the talent show when she was in 7th grade.

Darian soon started studying music and performing quickly becoming the lead singer for “The School of Rock” entertainment band, Dean’s List. One of the young students who had heard Darian perform was riding home when Adele came on the radio and he told his mother, “Wow Mom, I didn’t know Darian was on the radio”. She had been working there as a vocal instructor for the past year.

At 15, Darian auditioned for “the Voice” and along with Delaney was one of only a very few that made it through the first round and asked to return to perform in a studio. She recently began studying at the Sara Kelly Music School and was just starting to write songs.

The summer before her junior year, through Colvig Silver Camp in Durango, Colorado, Darian went on a month long backpacking trip in the Rockies where she earned her Pathfinder certification. She once had to spend a night alone in a tent on the side of a mountain in a hail and lightning storm. She was raised a Christian, but grew closer to Jesus that night more than at any other time.

Darian was also a part of the Magnolia High School Drama Department and performed in multiple plays. She is well known at school for her sense of eclectic style.

Darian had a rare “heart” that allowed her to radiate warmth and kindness to anyone in her presence. She was very loved and showed love to all that came into contact with her. Her smile could melt anyone’s heart. Her greatest joy was bringing happiness to those around her.

For those who knew her, Darian’s untimely death is like watching a red unicorn run over the edge of a cliff, but knowing her was like getting a chance to sail with Angels. She was truly a gift that God shared with us for 18 years.

Darian is also survived by her grandparents, Van and Patsy Wagnon, Kent and Penny Eckhardt, Don and Pati Eckhardt, John and Dana Thomas, and Joan Eddleton; great-grandmother, Katy Cook; and numerous loving Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nephews, Nieces, and Friends. She was preceded in death by grandparents Lynda and Bobby Johns.

Eckhardt, one of five children and the daughter of a local doctor, was popular at her school. She loved the arts. After school she attended classes and taught at the School of Rock in The Woodlands. The staff there tells ABC13 she was a wonderful person.

Her father spoke with Eyewitness News saying she would've wanted her to share the message of her life -- one of love and joy.

"She sang all around the house," said Dr. Donny Eckhardt. "If she was singing, you didn't know if the radio was on, it was Adele or if it was Darian. I thought Darian was better. She was better looking too."

Darian was known around Magnolia for her big voice and even bigger personality. You can see it in every picture she took.

"Darian was for love. That's all she cared about: caring for other people," Donny said. "There was never a mean bone in her body."

DPS tells Eyewitness News speed and road conditions were factors in the accident. According to officials, she was driving too fast on the wet road and lost control.

Her parents were tracking her drive on the Life360 app and knew something bad had happened.

"My ex-wife had just checked to see if she'd made it to school and noticed she hadn't and was in a certain location for a period of time, tried to call and couldn't get hold of her and she noticed the red around it and immediately went to the scene," Donny said.

"Everyone is taking it really hard. Everyone knew Darian," said Mike Raymond. "Everyone knew the kind of girl she was. They're all hurting a lot right now."

Raymond knew Darian for over a year.

"She was almost like a blast from the 60s, if you ask me," he said. "That was something that really set her apart. That was something I really enjoyed about her and I'm really going to miss."

"Every life is a blessing. Enjoy every minute you have. You may not have your children. Be sure you kiss them when they leave in the morning. I never dreamed this would happen," added her father.

A teenager was killed in an accident on her way to Magnolia High School Tuesday morning.

According to DPS, 18-year-old Darian Eckhardt was driving on FM 149 near Mitchell in southwest Montgomery County around 7:15 a.m. It was raining heavily at the time.

DPS says that the teen somehow lost control of her car and veered into oncoming traffic, right in the path of an 18 wheeler. The girl was killed at the scene. The big rig driver was not hurt.

Deputies say that the wreck may have been weather related but it is not clear at this time.

Magnolia ISD released the following statement:

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic accident involving one of our senior students at Magnolia High School. Darian Eckhardt has been a member of the Magnolia ISD community since kindergarten and active in Magnolia High theatre. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy goes to her family. Our administration is working with the family during this difficult time. Magnolia ISD is providing additional counselors to support our students and staff through the grief process."


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