Darren Charles Henley, beloved fiancé, cherished son, devoted brother, loving uncle, dearly loved nephew and loyal friend left us far too soon, on April 19, 2020.
He was born on Dec. 19, 1989 in Oak Harbor, Wash. He attended Olympic Elementary, Oak Harbor Middle School, and was a 2008 graduate of Oak Harbor High School.
He found creative expression in the books he wrote and playing the harp, guitar and banjo. He taught himself, and then shared his love of creating and playing music with his family and friends. He also played music for the elderly at Summer Hill Assisted Living. He enjoyed busking and showcasing his music at the Renaissance Faire.
As a valued employee of the BBQ Joint in Oak Harbor for nearly 10 years, he became kitchen manager in 2015.
Darren dearly loved Curtis, his family, friends and his “work family,” and touched each of us profoundly with his kind heart, wisdom, generosity and humor.
He loved his country and was always the first to lend a hand to those in need. He always found a way to serve and it truly came from his heart.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles and Rita Henley; his “other” grandpa, Ed Herbel; and his great-uncle, Robert Goodman.
He is survived by the love of his life and fiancé, Curtis Amsler; his parents, David and Rox-Ann Henley, of Oak Harbor; sister Sabrina and brother-in-law Dustin Wetzsteon, nephews, Trenton, Draven and Lincoln, niece, Ciera, and brother, Brenton Henley, all of Marysville, Wash.; as well as many aunts and uncles, cousins and cherished friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Darren Charles Henley Memorial Fund at Navy Federal Credit Union, phone 1-888-842-6328, access #14171607.
Due to social distancing at this time, a memorial will be announced at a later date.
“… Tell them of my love and tell them of my pain and tell them of my hope, which still lives. For this is all I have and all I am and all I ask.” — Stephen King, The Dark Tower Vol. VII
Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences at www.whidbeymemorial.com
Play on, sweet Darren …