June 28, 1967 ~ July 12, 2013
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Santa Clara, Utah-Darin Jay Atkinson, beloved son, father, and eternal companion returned to the loving arms of his Heavenly and Earthly fathers July 12, 2013. He was born June 28, 1967 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Alvin Jay and Rita Neu Atkinson. Darin loved life and every moment was filled with laughter and joy. He grew up in West Valley, Utah with wonderful friends and graduated from the University of Utah. He served in the Naval reserves training as a hospital corpsman and serving during Desert Storm. He married his sweetheart Angela on May 17, 1990.
Darin's greatest joys were in spending time with his family. His diligence in teaching them to love working hard and playing hard is his legacy. Darin worked as a Certified Financial Planner for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network and served his community in the Rotary club, the DRMC Professional Advisory Council and the Salt Lake Disability Services Center. He loved what he did and all those he worked with. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Darin served in many capacities. He loved to teach and share his love of learning. Most recently he was serving with the young men. His love for the boys and his ability to match their pranking endeared them to him with treasured mutual respect.
The family wishes to thank all those who worked so diligently to save his life; especially the doctors and medical staff at Eastern Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
He is preceded in death by his father, Alvin Jay; and his brother, Marc; as well as all of his grandparents. What a wonderful reunion they are enjoying together! He is survived by his wife, Angela; children: Brandon, Mikelle, and Jacob; his mother, Rita (Salt Lake); and sister, April (Salt Lake) who will miss his smiles, laughter, and teasing every moment until we are united again in love, with the assurance that our family is forever.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. at the Santa Clara LDS Chapel, 3815 West Rachel Drive, Santa Clara, Utah. Visitations will be held Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 West St. George Blvd. and on Thursday at the Chapel from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. prior to services. Interment will follow at the Santa Clara City Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221. For condolences and full obituary and service listings, please visit the website www.metcalfmortuary.com.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on July 17, 2013