Darrell Albert Grose, 87, passed away peacefully at home with his loving and devoted wife and family by his side on Sunday, April 2, 2023, after struggling with physical disabilities for several years.
He was born December 23, 1935, to Albert and Cecile Grose in Ogden, Utah. Darrell is the second of three children, and the only son. He was raised in Ogden and graduated from Ogden High School.
It was during his high school years when he met the love of his life and eternal sweetheart, Lois. They have been married 67 years as of March 23, 2023. They started their family in 1957 and had three children, Scott, Brian, and LoriAnn.
It was shortly after graduation that he enlisted in the US Navy Reserves, proudly serving his country for 8 years from 1954 to 1962. Darrell began a lifelong career in the federal government. Starting at Hill Air Force Base and later transferring to Defense Depot Ogden. He was an outstanding computer programmer and received many awards for his dedicated work. He served for 39 years before retirement.
Our Dad was a man of service, he loved to volunteer and help those in need. He spent many years on the National Ski Patrol starting in 1954. He volunteered at Snow Basin Ski Resort and also Powder Mountain Ski Resort. He earned his national numbers in 1975 and received several service recognition awards. He loved everything about skiing, and he taught his children at a very early age how to ski and love of the sport. Both Scott and Brian later served on the ski patrol because of his example.
Dad served on the Weber County underwater search and recovery from 1961-1965. Although this wasn’t a glamorous service, he enjoyed helping the families bring closure to their loved one’s tragedy. He spent countless hours at all times of the day and night performing this service.
Dad loved excitement and found real enjoyment providing the first aid at the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo. He loved to participate with the team in the “wild cow milking” event at the rodeo. Dad often tells the story of wrestling the cow out of the chute and putting his fingers in the cow’s nose to control it so his team could milk the cow.
Dad loved to tell stories to whoever would listen to them. Each story complete with sounds, faces and various hand movements. Those that had the privilege of hearing his stories will remember his enjoyment of reliving them and telling them.
Dad had many hobbies on the side. He loved playing fast-pitch softball and was third baseman in his younger years. He loved playing the game and in one form or another did it his entire life. He coached Scott and Brian during their childhood years of baseball and football; later becoming a front row-very vocal fan-with Lois during the boys softball times. They would travel all over to watch their sons play. Darrell also loved riding a motorcycle (Honda Goldwing) in a group of twelve couples. They had annual road trips every year with the group and everyone letting their guard down was a victim to the pranks he loved to pull. Dad would be the last one in the group to follow behind and make sure no one had problems, he was just that kind of man, always looking out for others.
Dad was a first-class horseman coach, trainer, and biggest fan for his daughter LoriAnn. He was a wonderful leader of the Riders of the Purple Sage 4-H group to all. He would spend hours teaching and showing her how to train her horse. He would wake up in the early hours of the morning to wash and shine the horse, wrapping the tail and legs so they wouldn’t get dirty during travel. He helped any child that needed help at the competitions. He was always there for her and was so proud of her accomplishments.
Dad and mom loved square dancing with the Double J’s. They made lifelong friends and stayed in contact with many of them. As the dances would begin, he and mom would swing out of their square and join another one just for fun. The caller didn’t think it was funny, but Dad sure did. We will always remember our family times at Lava Hot springs and the square-dancing group.
Dad loved preparing and planning his annual horseback trips to the Uintah mountains with his friends and children. We would horse back in for two days to a lake without a name, just a number. He would always make sure he had plenty of supplies, like horse shoeing things, and would help others along the way if needed.
The biggest love of his life was the canyon property. Mom and dad bought the property in 1985 and started the work in the early spring. Years of hard work and love made this place his pride and joy. He worked hard and played hard. Almost every weekend from early spring until late fall you would find them there. Those that know the canyon know how special this place really is.
Dad is a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and honored his priesthood. He was a Scout Master for many years, and served in the Elder’s Quorum presidency, and as a High Priest. He was always a faithful servant of his Heavenly Father.
Darrell raised a family who loved and adored him so much. He is survived by his loving wife, Lois; his children, Scott (Jill) Grose, Brian (Danelle) Grose, and LoriAnn (Jim) Hale; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Cecile Grose; his sister, Donna (her husband Freeman); and brother-in-law, Ray Storey.
Our family would again like to thank SYMBI Health Care and Hospice. Eric Hartvickson, M.P. Carli Thompson, and Dr. Christian, along with all the nurses, CNAs, and shower aid, Tim, physical therapists, and our own cousin Michele. You were all so kind even, after his passing. You treated him with such dignity and respect. Words cannot express the gratitude we have for your kindness, compassion, and tenderness while he was in your care. We will be forever grateful.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Monday, April 10, 2023, at the Lindquist’s Roy Mortuary, 3333 West 5600 South, Roy Utah, with a viewing from 9:30am to 10:30am. The family will meet with friends on Sunday, April 9, 2023, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the mortuary.
Interment, Hooper City Cemetery, 5301 South 6300 West, Hooper, Utah 84315.