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Darren William DentMay 17, 1965 ~ February 26, 2017 (age 51)
Darren William Dent passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 26th, ending an 11-year, “Never Give Up” fight against ALS. Darren was born with a contagious joy of life and inspired so many with his positive attitude, irreverent sense of humor, magnetic smile and unmatched determination.
Darren was a resident of Martinez, born in Oakland and grew up in Montclair attending Thornhill, Montera and Skyline High schools. He attended Diablo Valley College and University of California at Berkeley, graduating with a BA in 1987.
Darren’s love of sports began at a young age playing soccer, baseball, basketball and kick the can. He was an outstanding age group swimmer at Montclair Swim Club where he made many life long friends. He continued his swimming career at DVC and expanded his watersports to include water polo. In 1985, he was DVC’s athlete of the year and when he transferred to Cal, he joined the water polo team.
Darren worked through high school and college at Sequoyah Country Club where he formed many lasting, incredibly special friendships. After graduation from Cal, he worked for Bay Area Kenworth, Executrain, mshow.com and lastly as a business development manager for Intercall, a Unified Communication Services company. He valued and appreciated his very special, ongoing friendships there, as well.
Darren was an avid BBQ master, surfer, basketball and softball player and loved horse racing. In 2015, his friend, Ian McLean, made him part owner of a 2-year old filly and named her Runninforhoody. It was a highlight of his life and he enjoyed every trip to Golden Gate Fields. Darren was also an amazing coach for youth baseball, basketball and soccer teams with all of his children as participants.
Darren is survived by four treasured children, Trevor, Ryan, Kyle and Carly, adorable grandson, Cody and wife Debbie. His role as father was the most meaningful aspect of his life. He is also survived by three sisters and brothers-in-law, Kelli and David Bordessa, Talli and Doug Pitcher and Ramey and Mark Stevens, as well as his parents, Bill and Parry Dent.
A special thank-you to Heather Whittington, a friend from his grammar school days, who brought much love, caring and happiness into Darren’s life for the past six years. Thanks, as well, to Mele Hausia who formed a special bond as she helped care for him for the past eight years.
Our heartfelt thanks to all friends, family, and even strangers who touched and supported Darren and our family during his life and throughout his journey with ALS. Your support was sustaining and a testament to the amazing friend he was to others.
Darren touched so many lives and will be so missed, but never forgotten, by anyone who ever knew him. We hope your memories of him make you smile!
A celebration of his life, or, as Hoody put it, “A Party”, will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to ALS Association, Golden West Chapter, or a charity of your choice.