DARELL FRANCIS GRAMES, SR. June 7, 1939 - October 22, 2013 Darell Francis Grames, Sr., was born on June 7, 1939, at Walker Mine, California, to his loving parents. Francis and Azelia Grames who raised him in Greenville, California, along with his sisters, Sandie and Deanna Sue. At Greenville High School, Darell was a gifted athlete who competed in football and basketball as well as pole vaulting and running in track. His speed records in track are still posted in the high school gym today. Darell went on to serve in the United States Air Force in Japan. He played football for Air Force. However, while there he was most known for being the Welter Weight Golden Gloves Boxing Champion. He never lost a fight, even defeating the United States and Japanese Olympic Champions. An avid outdoorsman his entire life, Darell especially loved to fish and hunt while camping with his family and friends. After retiring from hard work in the construction field, he enjoyed camping, canoeing, hiking, and bicycling with his beautiful wife, Diane. Always the athlete, up until the end of his earthly life he was still lifting weights, boxing, and playing golf on the three-hole course he built for himself at his home. Darell was a real life hero to so many people, but none more so than to his family. He was loved more than words can ever say. He taught his children what matters most is family. He was preceded in death by his sister, Deanna Sue, his beloved daughter, Darla, and his parents. Darell peacefully passed away in the arms of his loving wife, Diane, on October 22. His brother, from another mother, Larry McCarn was as usual also by his side. Our dear, sweet Daddy is survived by his children--Shaerie, Darell Jr., Cindy, Scott, Bobby, Mickey, and Shannon. A Grandpa who loved and was so proud of his 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He especially enjoyed fishing and hunting with them as well as watching them compete in sports and become quality human beings. A celebration of his life will be held next Spring in Taylorsville, California, the homestead of his ancestors.
Published in Daily News on Oct. 26, 2013