Darby Todd Morin (November 12, 1983 August 22, 2009) Big River First Nation It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of U.S. Army Sgt. Darby Morin, the nuclear, biological and chemical noncommissioned officer with Company B, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. In his passing, Sgt. Morin leaves to mourn his wife, Veronica; his sons, Christian and Blue Sky Morin; his parents, Irene (nee: Morin) Clayton Fineday; his biological parents, Violet Morin and Ira Bird; his brothers and sisters, Darcy (Tanya) Morin, Stephen (Jade) Morin, Stephanie (Charles) Morin, Alice Fineday, Deanna (Duane) Parker; grandmother, Alice Morin; mother-in-law and step-father-in-law, Marie and Steven Johnson-bear; father-in-law, Harvey Abbott; sisters-in-law, Crystal Whitefish, Zenna Lamin, Kaylee Matchee, Sera Weenonis, Sierra Whitehead; brothers-in-law, Mathew Whitefish, Terry Whitefish, Kyle Matchee, Johah Matchee; grandparents-in-law, Peter and Albertine Whitefish; his closet friends, Warren Whitefish, Adrian Pahtayken, Kelly Fineday, Greg, Jordon and Merlin Morin; and numerous other friends, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Sgt. Morin was predeceased by his paternal grandmother, Mary Bird. When he was 11-years old Darby told his mother Irene he would make her proud some day when he joined the army. Right after he graduated from the Big River First Nation High School (2003) Darby joined the United States Army. He spent four years stationed at Fort Eustis, Virginia before being transferred to Fort Drum, New York in April of 2008. Later that year in December Darby was deployed to the Charkh District centre in Logar province, Afghanistan. Darby was on night patrol traveling on a foggy mountain road along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border when the driver lost control of their military vehicle and it rolled the immediate family was told by the U.S. Army. Funeral services on the Big River First Nation will be determined pending the Military Medical Examiners release of the soldier some time this week.
Published in The The Star Phoenix on Aug. 26, 2009