Daryl Firestone 1945- 2021 Daryl Ray Firestone passed away on April 9, 2021 after complications from a fall. He was born June 8, 1945 and raised in Rawlins and Jackson, WY. After living in Denver following graduation, Daryl served his country during the Vietnam war in the U.S. Army's 11th Armored Cavalry (Black Horse Regiment), earning numerous medals including the Purple Heart. Happy memories included time spent in Jackson, WY; being an altar boy; summers with cousins; hiking through Europe with Ruthie and Susan; working and living on the Adams ranch outside Steamboat Springs; having the courage to deal with his alcoholism and PTSD then staying sober for the rest of his life; buying a bicycle that he used to travel around and live on Maui, then the Galapagos Islands; eventually traveling to Machu Piccu and throughout Central and South America still using his bicycle as primary transportation; all while finding time to work for (and retire from) the Union Pacific Railroad as a conductor/brakeman stationed out of Rawlins, and eventually Cheyenne, WY.
Daryl was a private man (Sasquatch existed!) who loved to make people laugh. You would find him tinkering and creating; he was hardworking, generous, artistic, thoughtful, open-minded, and always willing to try something new especially if it came to open roads and fast cars or motorcycles. This humble man had daily conversations with God, and they continue now, face to face. He was singularly one of a kind, which make his compliments, salty language, brutal honesty, kindness, loyalty and love greatly missed.
Daryl is survived by his wife, Linda, dog, Shadow, aunts, and uncles (Margaret (Peg) Decker of Lakewood, CO, Bonnie Maynard of Raymore, MO, Mabel Alice and Normand Paradis of Denver, CO, and James Firestone of Casper, WY), daughter, Debra, brothers Jim and Robert, along with numerous sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, cousins, and many, many friends. He was the third son of Henry and June Firestone, grandson of Winfield and Mabel (Rasmusson) Firestone, and great-grandson of Hans and Sara Rasmusson.
To those friends and family members reading about this for the first time I am terribly sorry that I was not able to get in touch with you prior to this.
If lieu of flowers, please donate to the Gary Sinise Foundation or the charity of your choice
Please join us for the memorial service to be held at the graveside in the Rawlins Cemetery on June 25 at 11:00 am.
Published by Rawlins Times from May 8 to May 9, 2021.