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Bruce Darrington

September 20, 1949 - May 25, 2019

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Bruce Roger Darrington, 69, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Schneidmiller House in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Bruce was born Sept 20, 1949 in Placerville, CA to Harry and Carol Darrington.  Born and raised in Placerville, he graduated high school in 1967, where he excelled at wrestling.   Bruce’s mother remarried, Lee Pierce, and the family moved to North Idaho after he graduated.  In 1968 they bought the High Meadow Ranch out near Edgemere.

Bruce attended North Idaho College and graduated in 1969.  He worked at the Hayden Lake Country Club during college, starting as a grounds keeper and worked his way up to assistant manager. That year he married Bethaney Brown of Spirit Lake. They lived in Moscow while he attended the University of Idaho. He earned his BA in Business in 1971, and enrolled in the U of I Business Law School.

Bruce was drafted by the Selective Service and was later released for medical reasons.  He worked at the Cedars Inn downtown Lewiston as a bartender and assistant manager, later moving up to manager.  He and Bethaney divorced in 1982. Bruce moved to Spokane and started a contracting business.

During the Summer of 1988, both of his boys comically worked with him, through many smashed thumbs, blisters and blaring contractor Rockin Roll.  He and Adam broke off on their own from 1991 to 1997 and lived together in Newman Lake.

Bruce settled back on the High Meadow Ranch. He enjoyed having friends around.  He had a great memory and enjoyed reminiscing about the past.  He kept his TV on 24/7 to help keep up on current topics.  His sense of humor kept everyone laughing (especially himself).  He enjoyed golfing, water skiing and snow skiing.  In his younger years he was an active hunter and fisherman but later turned the Ranch into more of an animal sanctuary for all the geese, ducks, deer and anything else that showed up.  He especially loved his pet wild Peacock and momma cat.

He is survived by his two sons  Adrian (Karen) Darrington of Spokane Valley and  Adam (Sheila) Darrington of Rathdrum; 6 grandchildren; sister Gayle Blood of Hayden, brother Gary (Ann) Darrington of Spirit Lake, sister Lora (Tom) Ross of Deer Lake; nephews Brian (Michelle) Darrington, Anthony (Crystal) Madrid, Clint Blood and Chad (Rene) Blood, and other cousins and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents Harry Darrington, and Carol and Lee Pierce, and brother in law Dallas Blood.