Coy L. Darley

Hyrum, Utah: Surrounded by his family Coy L. Darley, 84, passed away on January 26, 2011 from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Coy was an extraordinary husband, father, brother and friend. Coy was born on July 21, 1926 in Malad, Idaho to James Earl Darley and May Marie Darley. Coy was the youngest of four children, Earl, Sarah and Vonda. Coy spent his early years on the farm in Portage, Utah where he learned at an early age the meaning of hard work, integrity and honesty which he carried throughout his life. The family moved to Wellsville. Coy graduated from South Cache High School where he was senior class president. Coy served his country during World War II from 1943-1945 in South Korea and the Philippines.

Upon returning from war, he married his life long sweetheart Gerry Anderson on September 10, 1947. They were blessed with three children Gae, Brian and Rosanne.

Softball was a big part of Coy’s life. In 1951 the Wellsville 1st ward softball team won the All Church Softball Tournament. In 2005 Coy was inducted in to the Utah Softball Hall of Fame. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his grandchildren and son Brian at C.L. Anderson Ranch in Blacksmith Fork Canyon.

After attending Utah State University, Coy went to work for Legrand Johnson Construction. He then went to work for Thiokol where he was involved in the Minuteman Program, Naval Programs and Space Shuttle. Later Coy was a plant manager at Bourn’s Inc. Then he returned to Thiokol where he worked as Quality Control Manager for the Tactical Programs until his retirement.

Coy served in many church callings including counselor in the Third Ward Bishopric and scouting.

In 1989 Coy and Gerry built a home at Star Valley Ranch in Star Valley Wyoming. Where they meet and developed many friendships throughout the United States.

Coy became an avid golfer in his later years. The cabin became a great gathering place for his family. Coy spent many hours out on the golf course with his kids and grandkids.

He was preceeded in death by his partents, brother Earl and sister Vonda. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Gerry. Their children Gae (Jim) Leishman Ogden, Utah, Brian (Tyla) Darley Hyrum, Utah, Rosanne Darley Smithfield, Utah, and his sister Sarah Bradfield Logan, Utah, 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Monday, January 31, 2011 in the Hyrum 3rd Ward Chapel, 95 North 675 West in Hyrum. A viewing will be held on Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 East Center Street in Logan and prior to the services on Monday from 10:30 to 11:30 AM at the church. Interment will be in the Hyrum City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at Allen Mortuaries.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Michael Stones, Jeremy Jenson, and Alpine Hospice and Legacy House for the loving care they gave Dad during his illness.