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DARBY, CLARENCE CUSTIS Clarence Custis Darby passed away in his sleep on Monday, May 27, 2012. The youngest of four children, he was born in San Diego on November 8, 1921 to Thomas and Adela Darby. "Darby'" as he was most often called, attended Grant Elementary School and graduated from San Diego High School in 1939. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Shortly after the war he met Ruth Mann, the fourth of five children from an Iowa farm family. About that time, Darby began his 38-year employment with the National Biscuit Company. When Nabisco wanted to transfer him to Riverside, CA, Darby was reluctant to go without Ruth by his side, so they married in October of 1945 and began the best years of their lives. In 1957, the couple returned to San Diego upon Darby's promotion to Sales Manager for Nabisco's San Diego and Imperial County region. Dad loved his life. He enjoyed sharing his love of family, friends, GOLF, travel, and sports with everyone he met. He thought he was a lucky guy because of the amazing life he lived. We know that we are the lucky ones because we are left with so many wonderful memories of the times we shared with him. Thanks for taking us along for the ride. Darby was preceded in death by his beloved Ruth. He is survived by his son, Gordon Darby of Tucson, daughter Nancy Tagwerker (Mark) of La Mesa, and grandsons Smith Darby, Michael Tagwerker (Amy) and Scott Tagwerker. Donations may be made to the USA Olympic Committee or Rady Children's Hospital.

Published in U-T San Diego on June 2, 2012
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