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DARNELL David Lee Darnell died unexpectedly in an automobile accident on January 27, 2011. Born August 24, 1971 to Sharilyn and Cloyce Darnell, David graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in 1989 and Vanderbilt University in 1993 with degrees in Philosophy and Economics. Following two years teaching in Leipzig, Germany, he was employed at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington and earned his MS in Computational Linguistics. He and his family relocated to Atlantic Beach, Florida three years ago, where he became Vice-President of Software Research and Development at MDI Holdings, Inc. David was preceded in death by, and will now join, his maternal grandfather Lee Nabors, his paternal grandparents Etrulia and Earl Darnell, and his cousins Jeff Darnell and Kim Kile. He is survived by his wife Betsy and their children Jasper, Ruby, Benjamin, and Kai; his parents Sharilyn and Cloyce Darnell; sister Mary Catherine Cotton and her husband Waylon; his grandmother Davie Nabors (Kissie), aunts and uncles Connie and Larry Gilbert, Jim Nabors and Noelle Garrison, Bonnie Nabors and Ed Pittock, Floyce and Judy Darnell, Wendell and Virginia Darnell; and cousins Jennifer Gilbert, Polly Sura, Bobby Nabors, Jayme Nabors, Margerie Lynn, Jessica Kuse, and Beth Darnell. David loved his family and friends dearly. He was a devoted father and husband, and shared his passion for living life fully. When not doing the work he loved, he relished time with his wife and children hiking, biking, fishing, boarding, and time on the beach. His joy and personality were contagious, and he was loved by all that knew him. The light of his joy, love, and zest for life will eternally shine. In lieu of flowers, donations to Children in Crisis, 1000 Luke's Way, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32547 or to Mothers Against Drunk Driving are welcome. A celebration of David's life will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 3rd at St. Simon's Episcopal Church, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, with a reception to following.

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Published in the Florida Times-Union on Feb. 1, 2011
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