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Darby Monahan

Darby Monahan, age 68, from Everett, WA died July 16, 2011. He was born September 15, 1942 in Yakima, WA. He is the son of Evelyn and James Monahan.
He is survived by two sons and one daughter, Shannon Monahan, Jeremy Monahan and Shawn Monahan; nine grandchildren, Andrew, Michelle, Felisha, Cheyane, Dakoda, India, Phoenix, Jacob and Ciara; and sister, Kathleen Nebout.
He was preceded in death by wife, Margaret Monahan; his brother, Dennis; and his parents, Evelyn and James.
He served in the military service 22 years, Army, Navy and Retired Coast Guard. He married Margaret Monahan July 11, 1980 who is deceased. He worked for the military and the post office. He was actively sober for 37 years. Darby is a long time member of Northwest Chess and was in first place towards the grand pris. He loved to dance and bowl and was well loved in the community.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 22 at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, 1615 SE Everett Mall Way., Everett. Reception to follow at family home.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to 2410 7th St., Everett, WA 98271.




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Published in The Herald (Everett) on Jul. 21, 2011.
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August 3, 2011
Darby inspired many people to be a better person and always to remember to welcome the newcomers to our midst. He will be missed in our meetings and on the dance floor!
Gwen Lichneckert
August 1, 2011
Darby was an inspiring man w/ a joie de vivre like no other. He had an uncanny ability to put a smile on the face of a chess player even after they went through the most brutal loss. Darby had a self deprecating humor and had an unselfish way about him such that he always put the group before himself. Darby made me want to be a better person. He was a great man.
Alan Walk
July 28, 2011
mangolia flower
I'll miss Darby forever he was like my grandfather like a great man once said" does your face hurt, its killing me" -Darby Monahan.
this picture i took San Antonio it reminds me of Darby and how it glows with perfection.
katie lynn
July 27, 2011
Dear Darby:
Today I thought of you and shed a tear. You were an incredible brother to me and I always admired your love and willingness to share yourself to so many others. I have so very many memories and I can hardly wait to see you again. My sympathy to Darby's family and friends especially his children Shannon and Jeremy.
God be with you
Bonnie Dent
Darby Monahan
July 27, 2011
You will be missed greatly and I am sorry to hear of your passing.
James Burnett previously Marysville, Washington, and now (Vancouver, Washington)
James Burnett
July 26, 2011
Written on a previous FB post

I am sorry for your loss:
Shannon & Jerry, extended family & loved ones, I am so awfully sorry to hear about Darby's passing. He was indeed some kind of something special and I have no doubt the Lord has procured a very special place in Heaven for him. If I know Darby and his silly jokes he is probably looking down on all of us with his reassuring smile and telling us not to worry about him. "BE HAPPY" I have nothing but fond memories of him and sharing chocolate chip mint ice cream with him as a child. It remains my most favorite to this day. Take your good memories and treasure them always and know that you are uppermost in my thoughts and prayers. I love you ALL, Aunt Susan

He took me in as a child, became my chocolate chip mint ice cream buddy, rescued me from the very bitter depths of hell and truly showed me how to smile. I am honored to call him my other BIG brother, confidant and Hero. The world and every single "bean" you touched will TRULY and SADLY miss you.

Let us ALL be ok when our Hero's become Angel's and forever wrap ourselves in the warmth of their smile.
Susan Lampley
July 26, 2011
Im going to miss you dad,I only regret not spending more time with you.I hope you realized how much I love you.You touched so many lives.Its amazing to see how you will live on thru many.I wish you couldve met your great grandchild Dallas.Save the last dance for me.
Shannon Monahan
July 25, 2011
In Loving Memory
Cindy Vaughn
July 25, 2011
Darby was a kind.... kind soul, I will miss him. My heart goes out to his entire family. I will never forget the words of wisdom he had for me during my own struggles.
Brenda Cook
July 24, 2011
Darb,

You were a kind, gentle,loving spirit with an endless smile. You've always held a special place in my heart since I met you 40 years ago. The world is a better place for having held you in her arms albeit slightly dimmer with your passing. My sympathies to Shannon, Jeremy and all who have lost you.

Tom
Tom Dent
July 24, 2011
Darby,
You did what you were supposed to do! You ran the race and fought the good fight! Truly a man of honor and compassion. You were my dear special friend, I will never forget you and will always love you, just for who "you are". Rest in peace (even if that's not easy-ha, ha) I'll see you in heaven my dear friend, love you, Cindy
Cindy Vaughn
July 24, 2011
July 24, 2011 Darby, I will miss you. The one thing I liked about you the most was your consistency. You always showed up. You were a good man. RIP with your Hugher power.. Lee K Lake Stevens
Lee Krick
July 23, 2011
Darby attended the clean and sober dances at Lake Goodwin, and regularly delighted us with his dancing abilities, and the joy it brought to many!
He will be missed alot
Tim Adams Consider This Ministries
July 22, 2011
I will miss you Darby. I don't get a chance to say that very often. Your strength, honesy and the will to do what is right was your strength that you passed on to every one who met you. My heart goes out to the family for the loss and to his AA family for their loss.
Del York
July 22, 2011
He always had a hug and a smile and a joy in life that was contagious. He was a chess player, a dancer, and a friend. I understand that he died at a dance, hanging out with old and new friends ,with little notice and no time to say good-bye. We will miss you Darby
July 22, 2011
Experience, Strength & Hope. If you didn't have any, he'd share his with you. What a wonderful blessing we have all shared in knowing a man like Darby. I'd like to remember the inspirational words that uplifted all of us when he had the table. My most sincere sympathy goes out to his family and friends that are left behind.
Valene F
July 21, 2011
I only new Darby for a short time, but in that time He inspired me to be a better person. My condolences to his family. You are all in my thoughts.
Becky Peppard
July 21, 2011
I was looking forward to seeing Darby again after several years. He had signed up to play in the chess tournament in Portland in mid August. I have known Darby from the time we both lived in the Yakima WA area. He was in the group that played a chess match at the Walla Walla prison many years ago. Also think he was in the car coming back from a chess event in Seattle to Yakima when I ran out of gas just short of Yakima.
RIP Darby
Rusty Miller
July 21, 2011
I will miss you Darby ! The bad jokes, the dancing, the love of the fellowship. You could always make me smile...
To the family I am sorry for your deep loss. He was a very special man.
Crystal Hogan
July 21, 2011
Though I had less than one year to know Darby, it was like a lifetime. I never saw him frown, say a cross word or get down in the dumps. That positive attitude influenced many and I am most grateful for the chance to know Darby. You will be missed. Wade Rumney, Arlington, Wa
Dion Rumney
July 21, 2011
I was once told " If one person remembers and misses you that your life has on going value for eternity" Darby has done that one .......multiplied by hundreds! Some people are special and then some people are SPECIAL!!!!! I thank his family for sharing him all these years, he carried a powerful message. WE will all miss him and that awesome smile. Love, Lois from Snug Harbor
July 21, 2011
Dear Jeremy, Luce, and family,
Darby was one of my dearest friends. I loved him so much and I will miss him. I just keep thinking about all the things he taught me. He told me God loves me all the time and to smile. He had a great smile and was so very loving, giving, selfless, and fun. He loved his family and was a shining example of the "family man". I want you all to know if there is anything I can do in this time of sorrow just call me anytime. His legacy lives on in all of you and he was so proud of you all.
"May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields,
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand."
Traditional Gaelic Blessing
Love,
Kathryn (Kathy) Lynn & daughter Katie Elizabeth Lynn
Kathy Lynn
July 21, 2011
Darby, you will be greatly missed. Thank you for being there after my first meeting. You bring all, hope and strength. We all at Saturday 8AM will remember you always,
Allen C.
July 21, 2011
Darby, Thank you for sharing your experience, strength & Hope. Your presence will be missed greatly in the rooms but your spirit will forever speak to us. To Darby's family- Thank you for sharing him with us.All week I've been listening to how he has touched one person or anther's life.
His legacy will be remembered.
Peace & Friendship...M
Michele K
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