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Hi I'm Darrell

I grew up in Idaho and have lived in 4 states. I've worked in all facets of the airline industry for 33 years.

About Me

I am an airline brat. I grew up flying all over the world. My father was an airline union leader and I followed in his footsteps at the airlines, however, I ended-up on the management side. I have worked for Hughes Air West in Salt Lake City, Republic in Memphis, Northwest in Minneapolis and now for Delta in Atlanta. This career has now spanned over 33 years. I spent my first 12 years in all facets of airport operations, 13 years in IT, followed by 4 years in Finance (Payroll and Accounts payable) and then back to IT the last 4 years. I am currently supporting all the flight crew systems at Delta. I attended BYU, the University of Utah, and the University of Memphis. Attending several universities coincided with my employment transfers with the airlines. I obtained my MBA from the Fogelman School of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis. I have been married for 29 years and am a proud father of 5 children. 3 have graduated from BYU. One has an MPA from GW, one in Dental school, and one now teaching. One is a freshman at BYU and our youngest is a Jr in HS. I am also now honored to carry the title of Grandpa. Our family loves to go boating, water skiing, and tubing. We love to go to movies, watch movies at home and create fun home movies of all our exciting activities. As expected we also love to travel. We have been all over the world from Europe to Asia and many points in between. Some of our most treasured trips include: Stockholm, Bangkok, Hawaii, and Orlando.

Why I am a Mormon

I started attending the LDS church when I was around 7 years old. My parents decided it would be a good church to have their kids attend. I am so grateful that they made that inspired choice. Eventually at age 10 I was baptized. Although my parents did not attend church with us, we soon had many friends in the church which would help cement my commitment as well as develop strong ties to the programs of the church. At age 19, I served a mission in the Thailand, Bangkok mission. It was a wonderful 2 years and I had many great experiences including participating in a music group that performed on TV and in front of the Royal Family. I saw several people join the church in Thailand bringing rich blessings to them and their families. Children of those converts have gone on to serve missions of their own! My experiences in the church has led to so many blessings and opportunities it is hard to count them. My testimony of the restored gospel and the Book of Mormon is strong because I have seen its beneficial influence in my life and the lives of countless others. Most importantly, I feel raising my children in the church has helped us avoid the many pitfalls and distresses of raising children. When our children were teenagers, we never worried about them drinking or taking drugs or other party activities.The church teachings of the Savior gave them a foundation which allowed them to make good choices. They and their friends participated in wholesome activities that helped them develop into outstanding citizens and service oriented individuals. I am a Mormon because I have tested the invitation to try the good word of God as found in this church and the scriptures. Within them I have found the fullness of the Gospel. It has greatly enriched and blessed my life beyond measure. I testify that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer. We have a loving Father in Heaven that cares for us and is mindful of our lives and activities.

How I live my faith

The easiest way I have found to live my faith is through obedience to the teachings of the Lord. To try and be more like Him in all that I do. To be an example of Christ-like love and service to those with whom I work and associate. I also have always felt that blessings came into my life as I accepted any assignment that I have been given by leaders in the church. I have had the honor of serving within the church in many capacities. Each assignment that I have received has brought experiences and growth that can be found in no other service. It has not always been easy and sometimes the Lord requires a great deal of time and effort on His behalf. However, it has been my experience that any effort expended on behalf of the Lord and his children come flowing back in added measure. As our family has put the principles of the gospel into effect in our lives, we have seen it strengthen our family and provide a foundation that gives us confidence and assurance in a world of turmoil. I have had the opportunity to teach lessons to youth, to adults and to other leaders in the church. In some assignments I have driven all over the state where we lived to interview and to teach and to train. It is a great way to meet people and to try and influence their lives in a positive way. I see so many good people striving to be like their Savior. It is especially rewarding to see the young people in the church doing wonderful things that the world just doesn’t understand. To see young people committed to living honorable, morally clean lives is a rare find nowadays. Yet I see thousands of young people leading and inspiring all those around them by their words and deeds. It provides a foundation for hope for the future.