Sunday, January 27, 2008

Friends and Family Say Goodbye..

A place to say goodbye to Darren and give your condolences to the family.


kel said...

I am honord to have been a friend of Darren. He was a true gentleman. My condolences go out to all his family and friends. IF there is anything Shawn and I can do please let us know.
Kelli Meekins.

Shawn said...

Later Deez..
Much love, Meex

Anonymous said...

Jason and Family,

Very sorry for your loss. It is always horrible to lose a family member, but even worse when it is so abrupt, and obviously such a good person. You and yours are in my families prayers.

Rick - WCRA

Anonymous said...


We will surely miss you brother! We are confident that you're skiing those heavenly slopes now, laughing, and having the time of your new life! We miss you, we miss you, we miss you! WE LOVE YOU DARREN!

To the Coffey's,

We will continue to keep you in our prayers. A great loss for you today, but how much greater will the family reunion be tomorrow. We will do all that we can to support you guys during this difficult time. God Bless you!

Jeff & Tawnya Mosley

Forrest Munden said...

Hi Buddy,

The Munden family wishes all of the Coffey family the very best!

We will miss you!

You were the only guy I knew that still used a record player..except for Greg Brady. Very cool!

Love you!
Forrest, Lori, Little Forrest, Phoenix, and Ireland.

Karyn said...

"Darren was one of the most beautiful human beings you would have ever known. I do not know a single soul that did not like him."

Darren was the coolest guy....

Cheers Darren

cjashmore said...

Coffey Men... Your family was my own at times & Darren never failed to treat me as the little sister you all figured I would become. I loved him for it and have never forgotten. I am devestated, to say the least, that Darren's gone. I know he was more than just a presence in people's lives, but an inspiration. Never failing to make sure everyone knew they were welcome in his. My love is always with you, and my prayers are going out for God to comfort and bring you peace. I love you guys... and more than that... Darren LOVED his brothers.

Carrie Jo Ashmore

Anonymous said...

Coffey Family:

I am honored to know all of you and though we have not stayed in touch with each other over the years, a family such as yours is never far from the heart. I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Darren. He will be missed, but not forgotten. Darren and the rest of you are in my family's prayers.

The Henry Family
Brian, Angie, Jalen and Austin

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for the time I spent with darren he will be deeply missed.bryan

Tommy and Nicole said...

To the Coffeys
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Anonymous said...

You are missed and loved by many. I was always impressed with the person you were in our youth and I saw thru glimpses along the way the great and inspirational man you had become.
My favorite memory of you was a trip about eight of us took to Banner peak behind Mammoth circa 1995. It became a bit of a competition who would summit first and the man who complained the least summited first. Darren was the first to the top.

Coffey Family:
We are all here to help you through this painful time. As time passes I hope you can all look at Darren in the way I did that day, just the first to the top... awaiting your reunion in heaven.

Tom Steinmann

EA said...

Going to miss you Darren. Ill never forget all the good times we've had. Ill never forget the first time you took me to mammoth. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

Love Eric Anderson

eddy said...

i will always remember the good times i had with you.
till next time deez!
eddy lott

Anonymous said...

I remember meeting Darren in grade school in Riverside rail sliding in his front yard.......skiiing.....having fun...livin life....good friends like you are so rare.....see you in another life my friend.....

Andy Chabot

kcsharkey said...

To the Coffey family,
We are all so blessed to have had our lives touched by Darren. He was a kind and wonderful human being and will be missed by all who knew him. May God bless and comfort your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
All our love,
Kelley, Tim & Riley

Travis said...

To the Coffey's,

We are so sorry for your loss. You'll be in our prayers. God bless you Darren, and God's speed to the family.

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal".

Travis Munden and family

Anonymous said...

it was an honor to have known you. you will always be in my thoughts and an inspiration to us all
steve jodice

Diana said...

I remember him from high school and he was a great guy. It's a great loss but a new beginning for him in heaven now but his spirit in our hearts will live forever and never die.

my prayers to the family

Diana House (Christie)
Serrano class of 93'

Anonymous said...

Darren you were a great friend that will be missed by many and it was an honor knowing you. We had a lot of great times together. I will remember you forever. RIP brother.

Randy Howell

Davy said...

I'm glad I got to hang with you one last time at Josh's wedding. Smiles and good times, I will always remember.



Tyler said...

Darren "Deez",

Catch you on the flip side bro, much love.

To the Coffey's,

Darren was a true kindhearted person and always handled things calm, something that I admired, for I lack sometimes. He was easy going and never showed a bad streak. I never can recall a time where I was upset with him, why? Cause he was one cool cat. This news hurts and is a shame that he has left us. I wish more people with his out look walked this earth. He was a good man.

Tyler C.

Anonymous said...

Although its been years since we had last seen each other my last memory of Darren was great, he was always so mellow and relaxed even in chaotic situations. He's one of those people you knew that would always be nice and chill and he was pleasant to be around. To the Coffey family my prayers to you are that you can find peace in such a heart wrenching time. I am terribly sorry for your loss.
Sara(Langdon) Lent

Kacey said...

Darren was my best friend at Cal State. We hung out every night after school just listening to music and talking because we just liked each other's company. Having Darren in all my classes really brightened my days and made school fun. On our 4 day field trip for Geomorphology, Darren not only brought me a tent to use, but he set it up and took it down for me every day! He was the sweetest guy in the world, and the only friend I made at CSUSB that was a friend afterward too. Even though I hadn't seen him since 2002, Darren called me every year on my birthday, and I will miss those calls for the rest of my birthdays! The hardest thing for me about Darren being gone is knowing that because I was "too busy" I didn't call him back after his call on my last birthday. The sense of regret I feel for not finding the time to make that call is overwhelming. I loved and adored Darren so much, and wish more that anything I could have the chance to tell him how dear his friendship was to me.
Kacey Gill

Anonymous said...

Darren is loved by many, he will remain in our hearts. if the world had more people like Darren it surly would be a better place!!! Hey Darren give Sarah Hathaway a big hug for me I'll be seenen you!!! all my love to the friends and family,
Kelly McKean

Anonymous said...


You are and were one of the greatest friends I have ever had. So many memories come to mind and the fun that we shared. Going to Garnes house after 2 a day practice. Or our spring break in brekenridge. My life has been blessed just by knowing a friend as good as you.

To the Coffey family,

My hearts and prayers go out to each and every one of you. Darren was truly a reflection of the type of family that you are, very open, sincere, and I will never forget anything that your family or Darren ahs done for me.

Love Greg Dahlke-HIll

SVH said...

I'm a co-worker of Eric's and I am just in total shock over your family's loss. Eric spoke of Darren everyday and I can't stop thinking of what you must be going through. Our prayers are with you!

Scott - Alfred Publishing

Anonymous said...

You will always be missed.

- Ash

Matthew and Tamara Alaniz said...

Darren was such a wonderful man and a caring friend. We will miss him dearly. Thank you Darren for the warmth and wit that you shared with us over the last twenty years.

May God bless Darren and the Coffey family during this difficult time.

Dean-O Lourenco said...

...Darren, wow brother. Found out while I was in Lucerne on Sunday. Hard to believe. I didnt hang with you too much but I never seen a bad time while you were around. It was an honor to have known you. Thanx for taking the time to throw up all the waves to me and Gen when you would drive your old pickup up and down my street, two, three times a day. I dont think I have ever waved at anyone so much. Still blown away. Peace to your soul, and to the Coffey family.

Dean Lourenco

sarah b said...

i sit here and I am at a loss for words. when I think of you Darren, I say to myself that I dont think I know of a better soul alive on this earth right now. your death has reminded me once again how precious this life is, and the one regret I have right now is that I never got to tell you how much I liked your smile.
sarah b

Lisa said...

You're in our thoughts. Please know how much you are loved and how deeply your loss is felt by all.

- Lisa McCabe

Anonymous said...

Darren will always be remembered, by us, for the kind-hearted person that he was. As kids, he never got caught up in the cliques and neither one of us can ever remember a time that he was cruel to anyone. Darren always went out of his way to make everyone feel welcome, and to sit and chat, even when we hadn't seen him in years.

He was a truly special person, and never waivered in his kindness during the 20 years or so, that we were fortunate enough to have known him.

Thank you Darren.

Tom and Michelle Newsome(Cook)

Anonymous said...

A friend, an angel, an a hero to the forest, his friends, and anyone who had the pleasure to meet him. You are missed and loved every second of every day, and always will be. I love you bro!

Ben and Heather Fischer

Tana said...

Always a great friend. Always wearing a smile. We need more people in this world like Darren. He'll be missed and remembered.

Tana Rucker

Holly said...

Our prayer s are with you all. We are very sorry you all are going through this hard time.
Much love,
Holly & dDanny Doyle

p.s. Keith, you were AWESOME!

Douglas W. Wolff said...

Darren Coffey;
We live our lives from day to day, not knowing what is around the next corner. I always envied my cousin Darren as he never seemed to let the corner bother him and lived life to its fullest. I have traveled the world and seen and experienced what many would not go near but always seen my cousin as a hero; a person who treated life as his own playground and seemed to take it for a ride. I was always entertained by his adventurous stories and cherished the times we were able to meet, drink and talk during my leave and between his exciting activities. I will miss my cousin dearly. He was a guy that always found a good thing to say about everybody. He was the person that we should all try to be or at least learn from.
We will miss you Darren,
Doug, Kristen & Spencer

Adam said...

Darren you will always live in my memories of the times we spent together. I am so lucky to have ever had you as a friend.

-Adam Webster

Darren had kind and gentle spirit and he will be missed very much.

-Gayle and Tommy Dowling

Jaime said...


You will be greatly missed. You were one of the most genuine people I have ever known.

Coffey family,

You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.

Jaime Sallee

Leah in havasu said...

Darren - I'm honored to be your cousin. You are a great person and loved by so many. I wish I would have seen you more. It is so hard just to say anything without getting worked up about missing you. We always had great stories to tell when we did get together. I hope we can all learn to be better people from you we should all care more about Mother Earth and make sure we RECYCLE. We should all try to do more of this for Darren. I'll miss you so much the rest of my life. Until we meet again.
Love your cousin - Leah Juve(Roe)

Uncle Albert, Keith, Jason and Eric - We love you guys and care so much about you - We'll be in touch!

Naener said...

Darren--"What up Du?" as I would say every time I would see you. I will so miss you saying the long drawn out "NaaeeeNeeer?" back to me. And I will really miss your classic smile, your calm words, and your hilarious comments--so much! I am truly honored to say that I am your friend and I look forward to the day that I will meet you again. I honestly cannot believe that you are no longer with us. I wish so badly that I would have seen you lately--like Havasu cove camping, skiing, or just having you over for a BBQ. I'm sorry for not keeping better contact with you. I will do everything I can to be there for your amazing Brothers and Father. You come from such a phenomenal family. Darren, I will miss you terribly. I wish I could give you a big hug, have a beer with you and just catch up. Someday!! Until we meet again. I love you Darren!!!


Renee Olson

the Garnes said...

Our hearts are breaking for your family. Darren was like another son to us. He helped fill our home with joy and a LOT of laughter. His untimely passing has left a void that cannot be filled; and we are better people for having known him. Darren knew these mountains like the back of his hand. That terrible day was a combination of all the wrong factors creating a tragic "perfect storm." Darren is loved. He was one of the finest of young men, living life to its fullest potential. He is already missed.
With deepest sympathy & much love,
Ben & Pat Garnes
p.s. Got milk?

Tiff said...

You are the most kind and simplistic person I know. You have such an awesome appreciation for life…..
I remember going on a river trip to Havasu with you and some friends from Ski Patrol. You woke up really early on our last day there. It wasn’t because you wanted more time on the river, boating, like the rest of us, it was because you wanted to “cruise route 66” all the way home. I remember thinking back then, “How awesome is that”? You took time to do and experience things that most of us didn’t. I look back and remember all the laughs we shared throughout our years together on Ski Patrol. Thank you…..they will always be cherished!

P.S. It is true….God does take the good ones!

To Keith, Eric and Jason,

Having lost a brother myself, it saddens me that you are having to endure the pain and emptiness of such a great loss. Please try to take comfort in knowing that Darren has moved onto a better place then us. Keep in mind that again, one day, we will all be together with our brothers, Darren Coffey and Aaron Barber. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family.

With much love,

Tiffany Lytle (Barber)

Anonymous said...

We have lost a great person.
He will live on in those that love him, and the environment he did so much to protect.
He went above and beyond to learn about, and protect all life.

A great role model for us all.

Scott Jodice

Travis said...

To the Coffey Family,

How sorry I am for your terrible loss. No one can imagine what you are going through. You are in my deepest thoughts and prayers, and are in the thoughts and prayers of everyone at Eric's work. We all feel for you, and are deeply saddened by your loss.


Anonymous said...

Darren, It's "GEEBA", your sister in-law! Oh Darren, what can I say about you that hasn't already been said? You were a man of great strength and pride and I am still honored to call you my brother in-law...the brother I never had! I have learned much from you and hope to make you proud up there in heaven. I love you D...Tiffany

Rick Davis said...

We are truly amazed to have had Darren in our lives. He had made such an impact in mine and my kids lives. He was an incredible man and he will live on in our hearts forever.

Watching Darren's odd videos in 594 while scraping Keith and Shane's chew off the floor...(PRICELESS)

Darren we love you and will miss you.

Rick, Jacie, Jenny, and Chad

Anonymous said...

My condolences to the Coffey family-a family I have loved and respected for many years. I have nothing but good memories of Darren. I haven't spoke to him for probably 15 years but I still remember those back pack trips in the Sierras and skiing with him occasionally. As many have said, he was just a fun guy to be around.

I am glad to see that he found a profession that he loved and cared about. It seems he enjoyed life and at least he died doing something he loved.

With Love,
Henry (Billy) Quinn

Anonymous said...

Darren (My fun biology partner):

You will be missed by all. You are one of the sweetest people the world has ever known.

Lori Kavanaugh

Anonymous said...

Eric and family,

My husband and I are so incredibly sorry for your loss and can't believe that such a wonderful person has been taken from us so soon. The few times I was priveledged to spend with Darren he always wore a smile and had such a welcoming way about him that made you feel as if you had been friends for life. As so many have already said, Darren is starting a new journey. One that we are all destined to go, and we will all see him again some day. You are all in our hearts and and our prayers.
May God bless all of you and give you his strength and comfort.

Nathan & Sarah Fitzhugh (Coffey)

Anonymous said...

Darren, we will miss you more than you know! My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Best wishes always,


Anonymous said...


Thank you!!!

Thank you for the warmth and compassion you showed your friends.

Thank you for the awareness you raised in trying to heal the forest.

Thank you for demonstrating how to live a life without regrets.

Thank you for always visiting me in LA every time you came near my neighborhood.

Thank you for the intelligent conversation that was as unending as your smile.

Thank you for the silliness that made my tummy hurt.

Thank you for the many great bear hugs.

Thank you for sharing your spirit with the world.

Thank you for the memories.

Love Always,
Renée Barrett

Josh said...

You have always been a great inspiration and able to lift our spirits when ever you were present. You still bring smiles to our faces when ever we think about you, laughing, skiing and being a great friend. I'm sure your up there right now with that big grin, making endless "Pow" turns through the trees of heaven. We will miss you!

God Speed D!

To the Coffey Family,
Our prayers are with you. Your son and brother was a great man and will stay in our minds forever! If there is anything we can do, please let us know.

Josh Wilkins
Jim and Chris Wilkins
Amy, Lenny and Conner Gil

woodhouse said...

To the Coffey family,
were sorry for your lost. our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
ken and sherri woodhouse

Aaron & Andrea Briones said...

It brings much sadness to have heard the news of loosing such a wonderful friend. We truly are blessed to have known such an amazing human being. Wrightwood definately will not be the same without you. You will be missed Darren!

Anonymous said...

I had the chance to work and meet Darren a couple of times. From the first time I met him, I knew he was a genuinely sweet and nice person and truly passionate about his work. There are very few people that you will have the privilege of meeting like that and I'm glad I had the chance to meet him.

Anonymous said...

My heart hurts, not only for the loss of Darren, but the heartache for Uncle Al, Keith, Jason, and Eric. I am at a loss for words, just know that Wayne & I are thinking of you guys. Our gatherings with "the cousins" will never quite be complete again, but Darren will always be with us-in our hearts, minds and through the many stories about him that will make us smile again. We love you Darren and all the Coffeys...
Wayne & Lisa Wolff

LMedd(swick) said...

What a honor and pleasure to call you my cousin. Though we only knew each other as kids, I have many cherished memories, that will never be forgotten!
We will meet again, untill then... Ski on

P/S I'm sure theres a few family members up there that will show you around and welcome you home.

Love from your Cousin,
Laurie Medd (Swick)

~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~
You can shed tears that he is gone
or you can smile because he has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that he'll come back
or you can open your eyes and see all he's left.

Your heart can be empty because you can't see him
or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember him and only that he's gone
or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
or you can do what he'd want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on!

Anonymous said...

Today I returned to the Lytle Creek Ranger Station and walked down the hall to Darren’s office as I did many times, but this time the door was closed. Knowing that Darren was not returning was difficult but knowing that Darren was doing what he loved to do was comforting. Am honored to have had the opportunity to work with Darren over the years on the Front Country Ranger District and he’s going to be missed among all he touched.

Chris George
USFS, San Bernardino National Forest

Clay said...

I can't even find the words to describe how I feel about all this Deez. So many great times we had all these years, you were always there for me bro. I will keep you in my heart always. See you on the other side.
Much love,

Rosemarie said...

Darren I think you have touched everyone's lives in some way. I don't care if you met someone one time or best friends you could put a smile on anyones face! I dont think one person in our town didn't like you. You will forever be in our hearts and will never be forgotten.

Gilliland's said...

Even though we no longer live in Wrightwood, we still remember the good times that we spent with the Coffey family.

Our condolences go out to Darren's family and friends.

The Gilliland's
Gene, Lorri, Katelyn & Adam

LStamer said...

Darren, knowing who you were, I really think that you would be humbled by all the love that has been sent your way and to your family. I hope you knew how many lives you touched. When the Forest Service loses someone, we lose a family member. You were a big part of our family. Many of us have been devastated by your passing and have had a hard time trying to deal with it. Today some of us gathered at Baldy Mesa, a site that you championed to make a better place. We thought of you and made a plan to carry out your work in your honor. Thank you for all you did. It was truly a pleasure working with you and I wish we had more time with you.

Our love and condolences to your family,
your forest family & friends

Anonymous said...

I always knew of you growing up, but when I started working at Mt high is when I really got to know you! And you were such an awesome person. Seeing and talking to you everyday, riding up the lift with you and getting to chat was fun, you taught me alot!!! Your smile could light up my darkest days and still does!! Even though I haven't got a chance to see or talk to you in a while you were always in my thoughts. Even though I'm so far away, the loss of you hit me hard. I will always love you and miss you and your smile is forever implanted in my head!! To all the Coffeys you probably don't remember me, but I am sooooo sorry for your loss!! Your in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Darren's Family,

I've known Darren since February of 2007. I literally bumped into him as I walked into the back hallway and he smiled, laughed and said welcome. He was such a gentleman always.

His smile and his humor will be what I miss. To him there was never a stupid question, he was always willing to answer my questions. He was a walking library of information. His life was in his work and he did make a difference. You can be proud of the impact he made on people and the surrounding areas in such a short amount of time.

My families thoughts and prayers are with your family. He was truly an awesome man, and he will be missed immensely.

Andrea Binder, USFS San Bernardino National Forest Lytle Creek

Thom said...

I worked with Darren on many occassions @ both the Mill Creek & Lytle Creek Ranger Stations. More recently, we worked together on some of the unfortunate wildfires that threatened our local communities. Darren was the absolute "nicest" most kind & gentle guy I have had the pleasure to know & work with. He always had a smile, & was for the most part, quiet & reserved. This is indeed a terrible tradgedy & I will miss him. He was a really great person to be around & had a calming effect upon me.

Greg said...

What can I say? Growing up in Wrightwood you get to know people and grow with them together that it almost makes you like a family. I remember being just a little runt on the sidelines as a ball boy for the football team when you and Eric played. As just a little kid I remember how big you all seemed to me and I really looked up to you guys as big brothers. Even as I grew up you were one of the guys that I would always look up to. I remember how cool it was running into you at Cal State after not seeing you for years! The last couple times that I hung out with you I can just remember this peace that you had about you and your surroundings that will always be an inspiration to me and how to better live my life. Larry often told me about your backpacking trips to Banner Peak and the contests that you two would enter at the Mountain Warfare Training Camps and since then I've wanted to go try them out. Well maybe not the contests! ~ but definitely the backpacking trip. :) I only wish that I could have experienced that with you but now I will just have to do it in your honor someday. I love and will miss you forever Darren!

To the Coffey family,
I only really knew Eric and Darren, but growing up just on the other side of HWY 2 from you, and from being Lori's little brother I have always known what a special family you are. Words cannot say how truly sorry I am for your loss. I lost my son Gannon four years ago and I can only hope that Darren is up there with him teaching him how to ski right now! All of my love,

Greg Steele

Anonymous said...

from our family to yours we are so sorry for your loss, Darren was a great guy, I didnt know him but I know his brother Keith and I could only imagine what a great person he was just by his brother keith.

Charlie said...

Hi Darren,

I just met someone from wrightwood early last week before this all happened and mentioned you, and of course she knew you and her face lit up right away and we told some stories. We only hung out I think 2 times at forest service training sessions, and you never got to come up to our cabin at green valley lake and hang out. I'm so sad to hear that this all happened... I'll write you a song, okay.

Previous Angeles National Forest Botanist

Cody said...

I always knew Darren and Eric were great men with big hearts and good souls. Now, through tragedy, I have seen that the Coffey family is full of great men. It is no surprise to see how many people that Darren touched, and how hurt so many people are by his loss. It is really hard to see his best friends in so much pain, but I know that that just shows what a good friend and person he was. We should all consider ourselves lucky to have had him in our lives.

To Darren,
Thanks for helping to keep you-know-who in line for me sometimes. There will never be a healbot to replace you. I'll miss your campfires and cheers.


Anonymous said...

To the Coffey family i truley am sorry for your loss Darren was a great man he brought joy to us all he will never be forgotten your family will be in my prayers.Tammy

Anderson Family said...

the Anderson family says he was like our third son and will be missed terribly. Words just do not do justice for your loss, and also ours. There is an empty place in our hearts now. Karen says she keeps waiting for him to walk through the door to watch ultimate fighting on Wednesday nights.

Anonymous said...

Darren, having been a part of the family, I knew you were a wonderful son, brother and uncle. Then I read the messages from the Forest Service and friends you've met along the way, and I am humbled and amazed to learn of everything you've done in service for others. No one knows why we are taken fron this earth, but I choose to believe that God chose such a wonderful man as you, to make an impact on our lives. To show us how we should live, how we should give and how we should love. If your nephews grow up to be half the man you are I will be incredibly blessed.
We love you TREEHUGGER!
Give Gabe a hug for me. Love, Jen, Roman, Jordan, & Alex &family

rkeyo said...

I just met Darren this month, and am saddened by the loss of someone I really wanted to get to know better. May God bless and keep him, and his family who must stay behind...

Michael Oberndorf

Alanda said...

Dear Albert, Eric, Keith,Jason, and family,

My heart and prayers are going out to you, and it helps to know that there is such strength and love around you to help with the loss of Darren. This website is such a good memorial. Please let me know anything I can do to help. Love lots, Alanda

Anonymous said...

Darren, Thank you so much for time we spent together. I have nothing but good memories to keep close to my heart. Love Always, Jessica Brady (Abbuhl)

To The Coffey Family, You are all in my prayers and toughts. I am so sorry for your loss. Jessica

Anonymous said...

Darren was such a good person. I am so sorry to see that this has happened. I feel that I was lucky to have known such a sweet man. I am very sorry for your loss. If there is anything that Robert and I can do, please let us know.
Betsy Corliss & Robert Mendez

Anonymous said...

Darren thank you for being you!
You are an example for all. We can only try to be good people but you my friend are great! For selfish reasons WE ALL Want you back here. However I am almost jealous because I know you are in a way better place.I Love ya dude! thank you for everything! ~Leslie Urak

Anonymous said...

I'll miss ya bro..

Dave O said...

Darren (Earth Warrior) This world's loss is another world's gain. We are all so lucky to have known you. I never told you what a great goalie you were on the Trojans. Albert and I had a blast coaching you guys. We all love you. Dave Ortman

Your Favorite aunt Diane said...

My dear beloved "favorite nephews Keith, Jason, Darren and Eric. Each and every time I saw any of you guys, it didn't matter wether all of you were in the same room I greeted you "Hey how's my FAVORITE nephew" and you would each say "Hey I thought I was your "FAVORITE"? All four of you are my favorites. I feel so blessed to be a part of each of your lives.You are all just so very special to me. I would tell Albert I don't have 3 sons... I have seven! My heart is breaking for all of you. I cannot express the hurt I am feeling for all of you. The last time I saw Darren was at Jason's Christmas eve. He was playing hide n go seek with Cali & Chloe ..just being the fun loving Uncle that he was. I saw the love & support of so many friends & family at the Yodler saturday evening after the tragic accident on friday. Darren was loved by so many and he touched so many lives. My "FAVORITE" nephew will be so missed by so many people. I love all my "FAVORITE" nephews. Darren will be in our hearts forever. Love Your "FAVORITE" Aunt Diane

Ark said...

This is not goodbye, I will see you on the other side, brother.

Eric Coffey

330jfox said...

Darren, I hope the chair lift to the top of the world has snowcaps mountains as far as you can see.

godspeed my friend

Jason Fox

Amanda Saylor said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mr. Coffey. Though I had the honor of meeting him only a few times he will remain in my heart forever.

Sarah E said...

Darren was a great person. His smile and laugh could light the room and he was always a true gentleman. He will be truly missed. To his family I'm sorry for for loss my heart and prayers goes out to you guys at this time.
Love Sarah

Rafa said...

My condolences to the Coffey's, Darren was a great frind and also a fallen hero, he would help just about any one to do any thing at any time, with a smile on his face, I never seen any one smile so much in my life as Darren did.
Great skier and a ski patrol.
Darren when I get there we will ski in heaven.....

we will miss you Darren..
Catch you on the other side

Tonya said...

You will be missed tons, but what a gardian angel you are going to be. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Don, Tonya, Mikhaila and Makenzie Clark ( Tingesdahl )

Critton said...

Darren you are missed. I will miss your sweet face and gentle soul.

Coffey Family, you are in our prayers and thoughts. God Bless You, The Critton Family
Scott, Joshua, and Roxie(Hanson)

Randy said...

It was an honor knowing you Darren you will be missed by all!
Randy Daniels

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

To all the Coffeys--
To my son, BK, Zach and Tye--
To Darren--

Darren is special. I was lucky enough to know him because he is one of my son's best friends, and for years they hung out together, played together, skied together--I think they spent more time at the Cramer house than anywhere else. I can still see them at the skateboard ramp or trampoline--laughing, arguing and trying to outdo one another. They were true friends--they played, laughed, argued, fought and always came back together--worried about each other's problems, rejoicing in each other's joys and successes, and helping each other get over the difficulties, trials and tribulations of adolescence and growing up.

They all grew up, but they never grew apart--they remained close even though they sometimes saw each other rarely. Each had a path that they followed--but the paths crossed all the time. Boyz--always remember chips and salsa, boat trips to Mead and Powell, and the premature death of Don Knotts. It can't get better than that.

When I would return to Wrightwood, Darren was someone I always seemed to run into. He remained the sensitive, caring, and uncomplex person I saw develop as a young man. What you saw was what you got--no subterfuge or hidden agenda. He followed his own muse--he lived his life the way he wanted--and judging from the comments of friends and family, we are all the better for it. Of course, we will miss him mightily, but he will always remain the Darren we knew, loved and respected.

Nothing can make the pain go away or make up for the loss--but he would want us to endure, and remember him as we do--wonderful, happy, and loving.

Big Stroker misses you, buddy--

Stephen Cramer

Gina said...

glad to have known for so long darren. i am glad to have alot of good memories with you. see you later bro. Daniel Ortman

Kelly said...

My Dearest Darren,
You are a true gentlemen!! I loved being your neighbor and getting to see your smiling face every day while I was hard at work. You are one of a kind, and I should only hope that people follow your example of kindness. It is your graduation day and you have been chosen for greatness. I miss and love you. Until we meet again. PEACE!
Kelly Linde

Anonymous said...

The song has ended, but the melody lingers on…

You will live forever in our hearts, sweet memories will nourish us until we meet again.

Kory and Amanda said...

It's still hard to believe that you are gone! I would have never guessed a great person like you would be taken from us so early. I remember in high school you were one of the first people I met when I started ninth grade. You were then as you are now - a person that I respected and someone that I could say was a good friend of mine. You will be missed but never forgotten! Kory Knisely

Your amazing life is a true testament for how we should all try to live. I am so grateful to have had the honor of knowing you and being able to call you my friend. I remember our talks at Cal State, and on my little red porch when I lived down the street. I was so inspired by you; you knew exactly what you wanted to do with your life, and I always hoped that I would find a calling for myself like you did. The world has lost a great soul and I will miss you very much. I hope your family finds comfort knowing that you are in a beautiful new place, where you can experience and explore a new kind of life. You are all in our prayers.

Mitchells said...


God sent you here to touch all of our hearts and you did. Now your up there getting everything in line to touch our hearts when we get up there. It was a true honor to have you as a friend. God bless you.

P.S. I wear a black shroud over my badge for you.

Jeremy and Leanne Mitchell

The Coffey family,

We are truly sorry for your loss and know how hard this time is for you. You are all in our prayers.

chris mc said...

It was always a privelage to be blessed with darren's presence. He had a gift of making everyone around him love life to its fullest. Thanks for everything. go easy brother.
chris mccormick

The coffey's:
My condolence's go out to you. keep together and keep strong.

Kacey said...

Hey Darren Coffey - like the drink, but not spelled the same...
Kacey Loves You!! Miss you EVERY day too. =(

Anonymous said...

Hey buddy it is hard to sit here and try to think of things to say about you after all the great things everyone has already said, I am not the best at this, all I know is I miss you and am sad that this planet no longer has one of its great warriors, your life has left behind love, respect and smiles, I will always remember all the good times we had at the mountain patrolling helping people,trying our best to make a difference, I made some beatiful turns this last weekend at bachlor deep blower snow I cant wait until we do it again in another life, I love you Darren May peace be with you and your family, Keith Jason said it beautifully you are a hero man to Darren and every life you have saved and helped, with Love Will.

Anonymous said...

To the Coffey Family,

We are truly sorry for all that you have been through. our love, thoughts, and prayers will always be with you. The web site is Beautiful!! Its very obvious that he was a remarkably special man that touched many peoples lives.
Much strength to you all.
your friends,
Billy and Cindy Betts (Mitchell)

Anonymous said...

i love you and ill miss you darren

Ryan Hall

Anonymous said...

The Lord is your Shepherd. You shall not want. You will rest in green pastures and walk beside calm waters. He restored your soul. He leads you on the path of righteousness. Though you walked through the darkest valley, you will fear no more. He is with you and you are comforted. A table has been prepared for you. Welcome Home! You will dwell in the house of the Lord forever!

Darren, You have blessed so many with your life and continue to bless us in passing. As we weep, we are reminded how precious and uncertain each of our lives are... And how faithful God is. We will meet again.

Coffey Family, Our sincerest condolences. You are each remembered in our prayers.

John & Terie Kavanaugh and Family

karen said...

Hi Darren, I remember seeing you at the Yodler, walking by with a cold mug of beer wearing a big ol' grin and talking to everybody you passed on the way, including me, all we said was "hi" but that was okay. You looked like such a happy and likable guy, I wish I would have met you personally and got to hear a story or two about your life. I met your brothers Eric and Keith last Friday at the Yodler, quite amazing guys, a lot like you, May you R.I.P. Love Karen

Anonymous said...

Darren, I only wish that I could've seen you more often. You have always been loved and always will be. I wish I could have known more about you when you were here, have learned so much about you so recently and I wish I knew it all before. I will never forget you and always be thinking about you. You have opened my eyes.
I Love You,
your cousin, Katie

Uncle Albert, Keith, Jason & Eric,
I love you all very much and am honored to be apart of your family. Keep your heads high.
I love you all very much. Katie

Anonymous said...

I love you

Anonymous said...

To the Coffee Family,

I haven't seen Darren since graduation, but every now and then I think back to the football days and he is there. He was a great competitor and a friend. I am pround to say that I know him and that he will never be foregotten. Darren will be missed.

Norman Flinn

Anonymous said...

When I lived with the Coffey familey for about a year, there were two bathrooms. One was upstairs (Keith was not living there at this time), and one was downstairs. The Upstairs bathroom was DISCUSTING. The floormat was nasty (never been washed) tooth paste was all over the sink. Drakkar Noir crap mens smelly stuff was on the counter. That bathroom was Darren's (and Eric's). Darren, I hope you have someone cleaning your bathroom where ever you are.

With Love


Anonymous said...


In case I never told you, I thought you were great--your laugh, your memory of insignificant things I said and how I made you nervous.
I just wish there was more time.
And thinking back to one of our last conversations, it seems that fish are not so replaceable.

Anonymous said...

To the Coffey Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with Darren and the family. I am Eric's friend and colleague. It is possible that I met Darren at one of Eric's music shows, but nevertheless, if Darren and Eric are anything alike, he must have been a great person to have as a friend! May you find peace and assurance in this difficult time.

Jose Berrones

jason said...

Darren, As the new kid on the block in 9th grade, you made it an easy transition for me to a new school. For that I thank you.

We shared a few classes, some laughs and some sweat on the football field. You and Larry always made practice barable with your hilarious comments. Though it's been years since we last saw eachother, I have thought back from time to time and remembered those moments with a grin. You had a special way about you that everyone admired, myself included.

So tomorrow when we all come together to say goodbye to you in the best way we know how, you will see the lives that you have touched with how you spent yours. Even in death you continue to touch our lives. Tomorrow your bringing together friends and family that haven't seen eachother in a long time. I'm sure we will all exchage funny stories about you and express our saddness now that your gone. But we will also be reunited with old friends and look back with joy at the times that we all shared.

However different we were back then or might be today, the one factor we all had in common was you.

Thanks for being the person you were.

Jason States

Anonymous said...

I was brand new to California in April 2004 and had the pleasure of working with Darren at the Forest Service. I was overwhelmed by the number of plants out here and Darren always took the time to help teach me, even when I asked him about the same plant a hundred times. He helped me with locating illegal OHV trails on the forest and with small mammal trapping, which he really enjoyed. He was always very repectful of nature. While we worked, he taught me California terms like "socked in," and what places I should see in the state. I didn't know a soul when I moved here and I always enjoyed working with and talking to Darren.

My heart goes out to his family and friends. He was a wonderful person.
Karen (Sacilotto) Riesz

Raziell said...

to Mojave AKA Darren Coffey as I knew him by. Raziell will always remember the Hunter-Puller of Molten Core.

Anonymous said...

he will be missed....

Duane said...

My Condolences To The Coffey Family. It's Big Loss To Lose A Family Member. Our Prayers Goes Out To The Family. Duane Coffey

anonymous said...

Veryy sorry for your loss. This is Troy Bruce's neice, Hanah Bruce. I'm also the daughter of Zane Bruce. I'm veryy sorry for this loss, and hope your family is doing better. I know that it is very hard to lose a family member, especially when it is so abrupt. My prayers are with your family.
Hanah Bruce.

anonymous said...

Veryy sorry for your loss. This is Troy Bruce's neice, Hanah Bruce. I'm also the daughter of Zane Bruce. I'm veryy sorry for this loss, and hope your family is doing better. I know that it is very hard to lose a family member, especially when it is so abrupt. My prayers are with your family.
Hanah Bruce.

James Hickman said...

I saw a shirt today that said "In Loving Memory of Darren Bodie Coffey" with a mountain scene on the back. My heart sank.

The first thing I thought is that there clearly must be two "Darren Bodie Coffeys" because Darren was not dead.

I was very proud of going to school with him at CSUSB. I looked up to him because he was a very dedicated person. I learned a lot from him. He was so proud when he became a botanist for the Service (I used to tease him when he stopped focusing on his Environmental Studies degree to do biology...funny thing is we both became biologists). We took a ton of classes together, and on occasion we ran into each other in the field after we graduated. Darren was really into the Geography and Environmental Studies club at CSUSB because it got a few of us together regularly to go out hiking, or to just hang out. I tried to call him a couple of months ago to see if he was going river rafting on the Kings River as we have done together in the past (it is put on by a professor at the university every year)...the number did not work. I was disappointed that I did not get a hold of him, but I was really hoping that I would see him there anyhow...That trip is this weekend, and unfortunately, now, I know he will not be there.

I am so thankful that I was blessed to be able to spend substantial time with him doing what he loved to do...being outdoors.

Darren is awesome, and his family should be very proud for turning out such a great young man. The world has lost a lot when they lost Darren.

-James Hickman

Anonymous said...

It has taken me a long time to actually put something on here. I lost contact with everyone over the years and my dad was the one who first told me of this tragedy. I think back to so many of the memories we had together brother...the "Brew Crew" as we called ourselves. We had the time of our lives back then. I have never known anyone with as kind of a heart as Darrens. One thing I know for sure is that the memories still remain. Your presence had effected so many peoples lives. You were a true friend and those are hard to find. This is a loss that won't easily be forgotten. Although we lost contact over the years, the memories will remain with me always. I know this is not good bye, cuz some day, I will see you on the other side. Here recently I have been listening to a song that makes me think of you bro..."Bro Hymn" by Pennywise. Its basically about an untimely death. You will be missed but never forgotten! It has been a great honor and priveledge to have known you my friend!! Much love!!

To the Coffey family,
You are all in my thoughts and prayers and I wish you all much love. I am at a total loss as to what to say here to you all.

Jeff "Brown-Eye" Brown

cherish said...

It says a lot that the Coffey guys make an awesome family when you read through this and see how many people consider them their adopted family. I was one of those people. You were like a little brother to me, and I picked on you because I loved you like a brother. You will be missed.
Mike Hansen

To the Coffey Family, Our heart are breaking for your loss. We are so far away and wish we could grieve there with you, but know that you are in our hearts and prayers.

Mike and Cherish


Anonymous said...

Thinking of you Darren - Take care of your dad & brothers. Watch over them.
Love and miss you forever, Leah

Anonymous said...

Dear Coffey Family,

You do not know me nor did I know your son. It was a girl name Kacey that showed me what a wonderful person Darren was in his life here. This website is wonderful and I believe it really captures the goodness of Darren. Please be comforted by your wonderful memories of Darren. Although I did not personally know Darren I feel through Kacey and this website that I did. I do know the pain and sorrow of losing a child and brother at early. I do know the pain of losing someone so young and full of life. I lost my 20 year daughter,Holly Elizabeth McGrath,on September 16, 2006. It is a telephone call no mother should ever received. I will pray that God will comfort you and bless you with all Darren's good work during his life here on earth. Cling to the promise that you will be reunited with him again some day.

Robin McGrath
Proud mother of Holly Elizabeth McGrath

Brian said...

I will see you again.
Love You
Brian Dinoso

Anonymous said...

Morning Bro! Miss you tons, Mad Love!

Anonymous said...

Just checking in on your silly ass, mad love.

Anonymous said...

Sunset and boingo reminded me of your dumb ass, mad love.