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Darien Wankum


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Darien Wankum Obituary
Darien John Wankum, 53, born January 14, 1963. in Delano, CA, died in his sleep August 14, 2016. He was survived by parents Dave and Alicia Wankum, brother Scott of Bakersfield, sister Andrea of Placentia, spouse Pam Cordell and four children Diane Munoz & Danise, Dylan & Dalton Postula of Tuscon, AZ. Darien had the distinction of being a fifth generation to live in Delano on his maternal Villard side.
His early childhood was uneventful living with parents on the Garth Cobbs Ranch and attending grade schools in Earlimart, St. Mary's and Delano. He attended Delano High but dropped out his Junior year. He enjoyed 4-H and FFA projects; raising showing and selling livestock and 4-H summer camp. Summers were spent at the beach with Alicia and her friend Mary Morgan. He also enjoyed water skiing with aunt & uncle Barney and Clara Wade.
After high school, Darien worked for his uncle John in Arkansas, attended welding school in Fresno, then worked on the family farm in Delano and for area growers as a tractor driver, picker operator, mechanic and welder.
Numerous accidents and life choices contributed to his early demise; forced off the road on his motorcycle, caused head injuries requiring over 100 stitches; a flash fuel explosion put him and Pam in the Fresno Burn Center for several weeks. He was a cigarette smoker for over 35 years and also suffered from migraines and depression for years.
A memorial luncheon for Darien is planned for September 14th at Kong's (2200 Girard St.) in Delano at 12 noon. Call Dave or Alicia at 661-725-3327 for more information.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 31, 2016
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