John Marshall Darrah
1933 - 2018
January 19, 2018
John Marshall Darrah

April 25, 1933 ~ January 19, 2018

John Darrah died on January 19, 2018. Born in New York City to Gillespie Blaine Darrah and Susan Weyers Darrah, John grew up in East Orange, New Jersey. He received a degree in Political Science from Yale College in 1955. After serving in the U. S. Army he attended and received a degree from Yale Law School in 1960. In 1958 John married Elizabeth Otis Dickerman. They moved to Seattle in 1960. John practiced law in a number of capacities: Private practice, ACLU Executive Secretary (1962 - 1964 ) Assistant U. S. Attorney (1967); first Director of the Defender Association (1969 - 1974); Seattle Municipal Court Judge (1978 - 1984); King County Superior Court Judge (1984 - 2000). He retired in 2000.

John loved being in the outdoors, playing bluegrass music on his banjo, working on wood projects in his San Juan Island workshop, and spending time with family. He is survived by his wife Betsy, sister Susan Saxton, sons Colin (Toni), Chris (Phyllis) Peter (Cindy) and seven grandchildren.

John was a caring loving husband, father, often time jokester and grandfather.

We will miss him greatly.

Memorial to be held on Friday, February 16, 10:00 AM at Epiphany Parish of Seattle,

1805 - 38th Avenue

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Published by The Seattle Times from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30, 2018.
Memorial service
Epiphany Parish of Seattle
1805 - 38th Avenue
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I came before Judge Darrah back in the 70's for failure to pay warrants for traffic tickets.He was kind and understanding at a time when I was feeling bad about myself.He gave me a second chance to improve my lot in life,which I eventually did.RIP Judge Darrah.
January 30, 2018