Gregory Warren Darlington, age 70, passed away January 4, 2018. Greg was born in Pocatello, Idaho on November 15, 1947 to John and Ina Yost. At 11 months old, Greg’s mother passed away and he was adopted by Victor and Edna (Yost) Darlington of Bancroft, Idaho.
Growing up, Greg spent summers on the family farm and winters in Bancroft. His four siblings grew up in Pocatello, and Greg occasionally visited. He kept in touch with his siblings throughout his life. When Greg was 14, his family moved into town, leaving the farm house. He attended kindergarten thru 12th grade in the same school house in Bancroft. Through high school Greg worked hard at his studies and graduated valedictorian in 1965. Greg continued his education at Idaho State University, spending summers working in Soda Springs for phosphate chemical plants. While at ISU, Greg was able to spend some time with his biological father, deepening that relationship.
During his junior year at ISU he met his wife Delpha (Louise) Hammond. They were married June 4th, 1969 and spent 44 years together. In 1969, they moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where Greg continued his education and accepted a teaching assistantship; teaching college algebra and intermediate algebra. After one year at University of Utah, Greg moved his family to Provo, Utah. He continued working towards his masters degree in mathematics at Brigham Young University. Greg and Louise spent 3 years in Provo, and began their family with the birth of their oldest son in 1970. Greg balanced the responsibilities of being a new dad, while serving as a teaching assistant from 1970-72. He spent the summer of 1972 working for the United States Geological Survey, leading to a future career with the Bureau of Land Management.
Finishing his education, he spent time working as a student teacher for Dixon High School, teaching 9th grade algebra and remedial 7th grade. In 1973, he finished his thesis at BYU. The family spent one year in Bountiful, Utah where Greg worked in a chemical lab. He then transitioned to Oil and Gas Natural Resource Protection and spent 3 years in Denver, Colorado. Furthering his career with the Bureau of Land Mangement, Greg and his family moved to Vernal, Utah. In Vernal, Greg worked as an environmental scientist surveying and inspecting public lands for development of natural resources.
By now Greg and Louise had 5 children and they spent most of their time and energy invested in nurturing their growing family. Greg spent countless hours reading to the kids, and taking them to parks to give Louise a break. He was tireless in fulfilling his duties as a father and the dedication he showed in raising each of his children instilled confidence and cultured each of them for success. As the kids grew in Vernal, Greg spent time attending school functions and supporting his kids as they navigated thru school. His own dedication to study and strong support helped each of his kids graduate with honors from high school and continue on to succeed in college. He attended every recital, wrestling match and competition that he could. While in Vernal, Greg fell back on his roots as a farmer. He raised vegetables in abundance and often shared with every neighbor.
He steadfastly continued his career with BLM serving until his retirement in 2005. He spent a total of 33 years with the BLM. After retiring, Greg and Louise moved to Henderson, Nevada where their oldest son, Neal had started his family. Greg spent 5 and 1/2 years in Henderson, there he had a chance to be a bigger part of Jessica and David’s childhood years. Greg left Henderson in 2013, and moved closer to Jennifer and Daniel, settling in Ogden, Utah. Greg spent his last years loving the time he had with his grandchildren and cherishing the visits he had with his children.
Greg is survived by his children Neal, Bruce (Rita), Kathleen (Charles Bingham), Jennifer (Craig Kelley), and Daniel (Susan) Darlington; grandchildren Jessica Darlington, David Darlington, Gregory Darlington, Landon Darlington, Paul Darlington, Neal Darlington, Joshua Bingham, Emerson Bingham, Kyle Kelley, Flynn Kelley, Nina Darlington, Khloe Darlington, Cole Darlington and Dace Darlington; sisters Faye Forrey (Chubbuck, Idaho), Ruth (Don) Ashcroft (Pocatello, Idaho); and brother Denis (Carol) Yost (Coeur d’alane, Idaho). He was preceded in death by his wife Delpha Louise Darlington and sister Naida Olson.
Funeral Services will begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at City View Memoriam, 1001 East 11th Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84103. The family asks that in lieu of flowers please donate to Ogden Botanical Gardens. (ogdenbotanicalgardens.org)