Darrel Wayne "Bunky" Millsap
1931 - 2012
Resident of Escondido, CA
Darrel passed away on April 11, 2012, due to complications of stroke, diabetes and Parkinson's disease. He was born in Ontario, CA, on May 9, 1931, to Poley and Isabelle Millsap. He was known as "Bunky" to all and in the years prior to his stroke, he was quite the character, with a loving heart and a smile on his face.
Darrel served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1953, where he immediately attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He graduated in 1956 with a degree in Commercial Illustration. He later became a mentor to many graduates of Art Center and was an inspiration to many aspiring artists in the years to come.
He began his illustration career in Los Angeles, working for Fred Kopp Studios under Hector Huerta. Within a few years, he moved to San Diego and began working for Frye and Smith, then ventured out on his own with his partner Robert Kinyon, creating Millsap/Kinyon Illustration. They thrived for years until Robert lost his battle with cancer. Darrel continued his artistic legacy by going solo under Darrel Millsap Illustration, and worked with his many friends and acquaintances in the art business until he retired in 1999. Darrel was truly on of San Diego's best known "unknown" artists.
Darrel was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by his sister Patrice Grossi, nieces Carol and Lynne Grossi, son Derek Vincent Millsap, daughter Michelle Millsap Kinley, daughter-in-law Gina Marie Millsap, son-in-law Richard Guy Kinley, grandchildren Alyssa Marie Millsap, David Ray and Danielle Marie Kinley and great-grandchild Kiera Danielle Kinley. He also had a son, John Victor Mazzei who passed away in 1989 and grandson Derek Anthony Millsap, who also passed away on January 24, 2012. Darrel was married to his wonderful wife Janis Victoria Millsap for 49 #189; years, until she lost her battle to cancer in 2008. The Millsap and Kinley families owe their debt and gratitude to Darrel's daughter-in-law Gina Millsap, who was his caregiver for the last three years of his life. Darrel passed peacefully at Derek and Gina's house.
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Published by Santa Cruz Sentinel on Apr. 29, 2012.