Darren Lee Elder was born July 10, 1987 in Grand Junction, CO and passed away May 23, 2021 in Portland, OR. He was 33 years old.
He moved with his family to Lake Forest, CA when he was four and attended schools there, graduating from El Toro High School in 2005. He then attended Ft Lewis college in Durango, Colorado.
Some of the various jobs Darren did included being a river guide at Los Rios River Runners in Taos, NM, working at different self-sustaining farms, and later as a cook for the Vagabond in Portland, OR.
He enjoyed reading, dogs, horticulture, and traveling and visited many countries, mostly in South America, which brought him to his next adventure. He did training to become a Merchant Marine and set sail on ships to the Canary Islands, Japan, and other locations. He recently settled into a role on the American Empress, docked in Portland, OR. Darren had a restless spirit.
Darren is survived by his mother Donna Arriza (Ben) Sun City, AZ, father Douglas Elder (Jan) Scottsdale, AZ, and brother Nicholas Elder, Greeley, CO, grandmother Glenda Lynch, Sun City, AZ, and grandfather Howard Elder, Nucla, CO, his uncle Bill Blake, Sun City, AZ, and several cousins. He is preceded in passing by his maternal grandfather Donald Blake and his paternal grandmother Judy Elder.
He will be greatly missed.
A celebration of his life will be held for the family in the future.
Please send memorial donations, if desired, to your local animal shelter or online in memory of Darren Elder at the Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix AZ.
Published in The Durango Herald on Jun. 3, 2021.