Recent Stayton Obituaries





Dennis L. Darland
September 23, 1952 - March 8,2011

Dennis L. Darland, 58, of Scio, died peacefully Wednesday at his home. He was born in Salem OR, September 23, 1952. One of three boys of Ray & Thelma Darland. Spending his young years in Salem, OR, graduating from McNary Highschool in 1971. He then joined the Army and served as a Military Police Officer in Germany. He later graduated from Linn Benton CC in Waste Water Management. He worked in Canyonville OR until moving to California where he met and married Saphyre Hart. He spent part of his days off driving people with cancer to their doctor appointments as a volunteer. He worked for the city of  Los Angles at the Hyperion Treatment plant where he gained many friends. He retired in 2008 and moved to Scio near his family. He enjoyed his dogs, friends and family until his passing. He became a member of the Stayton United Methodist Church where he got busy and made many friends and spent time increasing his faith in his Savior Jesus Christ. Upon returning to Oregon he also began to reconnect with old friends. Dennis was a man who was always fun loving. He enjoyed his Blazers and Oregon ducks. He met Kerry Charlton and greatly enjoyed time with Kerry, her family & their friends.

He was a member of the American Legion, post #51 in Lebanon and the “Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association”. He participated in several “Relays For Life” in support of cancer research.

He was predeceased by his wife Saphyre and parents Ray & Thelma. He is survived by his daughter Neisha Darland, his brothers, George  and Don and Sister-in-law Vicki; nephews and nieces, Christian & Denise Darland, Frank & Stephanie Meisse, Cy & Dana Ziemer, Scott Darland, and Ray & Courtney Gonzalez; Tamela Ivie; his be-loved lady-friend Kerry Charlton and her loving family who were also at his side in passing. Grand nieces and nephews, Timothy, Karis and Nathaniel Darland, Hank, Kaitlin, Oscar, Mia and Jack Meisse, Lilly and Carter Ziemer, Xavier & Julian Gonzalez and Jaquelin Ivie. A special Aunt & Uncle, Trish & Tom Lloyd and his cousins Shari & Gary.

A celebration and memorial will be held on Saturday, March 12th at 2pm at the Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 Fern Ridge Rd. SE, Stayton, OR 97383. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association, or bibles for the Gideons at Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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