Darnall Parker Burks
1936 - 2018
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Darnall Parker Burks

Nashua, NH

Darnall Parker Burks, 82, of Nashua, NH died December 29, 2018 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH.

He was born November 10, 1936 to Darnall and Lucia Chapman Gay Burks in Washington, D. C. He graduated from the Loomis School in 1954. In 1958, he earned a B.A. in Physics from Wesleyan University, and in 1962, a M.S. in Physics from Williams College. In 1958, he joined Sprague Electric Company as a design engineer, serving in research, development, and management posts until 1990, when he became an engineering consultant, first in Dijon, France and then in Tokyo, Japan. Darnall returned to the U.S. in 1995 as a consultant for Mitsubishi Materials and co¬founder of the PMC Guild and Metal Clay Masters Registry. A distinguished physicist, Darnall holds several patents and authored many papers in his field.

Darnall travelled widely, read voraciously, and was a culinary adventurer. Throughout his life he enjoyed music, literature, and art, and, in recent years, took great pleasure in genealogical research and his work with Precious Metal Clay artists. He was a member and elder of the Nashua Presbyterian Church, serving the Presbytery of Northern New England in many roles. Darnall was a thoughtful friend, a devoted father, and a loving husband. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marilyn Dixon Burks; his daughter, Sarah L. Burks, of Arlington, MA; his daughter and son-in-law, Deborah G. Burks and John Wurster, of Houston, TX; and his sister and brother-in-law, Lucia and Jeffrey Horner, of Piedmont, CA.

SERVICES: A memorial service and reception will be held at 3 o'clock on Saturday, January 5 at Nashua Presbyterian Church, 1010 West Hollis St., Nashua, NH 03062. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Darnall's memory to Nashua Presbyterian Church or Community Hospice House c/o Home Health & Hospice Care of Merrimack, NH, 7 Executive Park Dr., Merrimack, NH 03054. Personal remembrances may be left online at www.davisfuneralhomenh.com. He will be interred at Town Hill Cemetery, New Hartford, CT at a later date. The Davis Funeral Home, 1 Lock St. is in charge of arrangements. An online guest-book is available at www.davisfuneralhomenh.com. (603) 883-3401. "ONE MEMORY LIGHTS ANOTHER".

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Published in Times Record News on Jan. 3, 2019.
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January 22, 2019
Jack and I were truly rocked by your note on the photo of Jeremy and my Mom. We are so sorry to hear that news.
We have such fond memories of our time together in France - exploring the cuisine and the wines, struggling with the language, working with the French system. Jack of course has many more memories from his time as a colleague here in the States.
My most special memory is that, shortly after I arrived in France, Jack had to travel for a week or so. Darnall went out to dinner with me, and we had two "appetizers" instead of an entree, which puzzled our waiter. Darnall selected the wine. It was my introduction to some of the specialties, and after dinner we wandered around downtown, soaking in the ambiance. I wouldn't have dare venture out alone, and we had a great time.
We're thinking of you, and sharing memories of Darnall, and you, together.
Carolyn Chase
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