March 16, 1932 - March 31, 2015
The world lost a true original on March 31, 2015, when Jack Darrah passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in Palm Desert. His spirit lives on through his wife, daughter, son, and granddaughter. Jack was a man who cherished every day and lived his life to the fullest. He was active, funny, competitive, and adventurous, with a great love for tennis, animals, and the outdoors. Jack was born to Leila and Earl Darrah in Lodi, California on March 16, 1932. He was a proud native Californian, always living in the state he loved. Jack grew up and lived for many years in San Francisco's Bay Area, where he attended UC Berkeley and San Jose State before teaching Math and coaching at high schools in Moraga, Orinda, and Burlingame. Jack's great love of tennis took him traveling around the world and playing internationally. In summers he coached and traveled with the US Junior Davis Cup team as their captain. He met his wife Joan in 1967 and they married in 1969. They had 2 children, Laura and Jason. In 1973, Jack decided to leave teaching and follow his passion for tennis by managing SF's California Tennis Club and the Moraga Country Club. In 1979, Jack and Joan purchased the Westlake Tennis and Swim Club and made the big move to Southern California. They owned the club for 19 years, enjoying life in Westlake Village before retiring to Palm Desert, playing golf at the Palm Valley Country Club and tennis at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens. Jack had a great love of life and family, and will be dearly missed. His close relatives will be celebrating his life and honoring his spirit in a small, private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that you make a donation to your favorite charity
in his name or do a kind deed for someone.
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Published by The Desert Sun from Apr. 7 to Apr. 9, 2015.