Passed away in Santa Rosa, CA, February 1, 2013. Age 90 years. Mr. Starr was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in Groton, CT in 1948. Captain Starr was a naval architect/engineer. He served as executive officer aboard the USCGC Taney among other ships. While in the Coast Guard he was stationed in a variety of locations including the Gilbert Islands, Alaska, Connecticut, Michigan, Ohio, and San Francisco among others. Red met Claire Beach in San Francisco and they were married in 1952. After returning to California they settled in Terra Linda, Marin county. Mr. Starr retired from the Coast Guard in January, 1978. In 1991 Red was inducted into United States Coast Guard Academy Athletic Hall of Fame (Football-Wrestling; Wrestling Coach). After retiring from the Coast Guard, Red worked for Morris Guralnick Associates. In 1992, the Starrs moved to Fountaingrove, Santa Rosa. Mr. Starr was a life member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, member American Society of Naval Engineers, USCG Academy Alumni Association, and University of Michigan Alumni Association. In his retirement Mr. Starr became a world traveler. His hobbies included woodworking, genealogy and gardening. Up until very recently, he played in a bowling league, swam daily, and played bridge. He was a member of the San Francisco Breakfast Club. Mr. Starr is survived by his son, Darrel W. Starr III and his wife, Jan, of Rohnert Park, CA, sister Margie Sherman of Downey, CA, sister-in-law Edda Lou Beach of Santa Rosa, son-in-law Steve Allen of Rockville MD, grandchildren Corey Allen of Rockville MD and Allison McGowan of Gernantown, MD, nephews Steve and Shannon Beach, and companion Molly McGowan. Preceded in death by his wife, Claire B. Starr, and daughter Lori Allen. At his request there will be no services. Mr. Starr's ashes will be placed in the S.F. National Cemetery at the Presidio, San Francisco, CA with those of his wife, Claire. Arrangements by the Trident Society.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Feb. 5 to Feb. 8, 2013