Darrel Ray Hart, affectionately known as D-Ray to those who loved him, passed away peacefully on January 9th, 2023 at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper Wyoming at the age of 55. Darrel was born to Joe and Mary Hart in Gillette, Wyoming on October 5th, 1967.
Darrel received a certificate of completion from Campbell County Highschool in 1988.
He lived and attended Life Connections in Gillette where he thrived.
Darrel liked the Broncos and liked playing games. Cards were his favorite. He really enjoyed playing cards with his sister (even though she would cheat). He liked to play Yahtzee and get a full house.
One of his favorite memories was going to Las Vegas, Disneyland, and the beach with his family. Darrel loved to write letters, whether it be thanking someone or cussing them out. He liked old school country music. He liked attending Special Olympics. He liked to go to the Sundance Lounge and watch people sing karaoke. He loved to go camping and fishing. Darrel enjoyed going to Deadwood to gamble on the poker chip table.
Darrel enjoyed going out to eat at Prime Rib, Granny’s, Village Inn, and Perkins, with his family. Darrel like to order extra ranch and eat it with a spoon. Darrel loved to eat mixed berry pie. Darrel also enjoyed going out to eat with his friends, sister, case manager, and guardian. Darrel always made sure his server’s received “a large and free tip.”
Darrel liked to help cook, sleep, and watch TV. Voting and patriotism are something that was very important to Darrel. He always made sure he was informed and voted. He loved his spa days and getting his fingers and toenails painted.
When the camera came out, so did his middle fingers.
He was very giving. Darrel didn’t like to see people go without. He tried to make sure everyone had what they needed and tried to take good care of his sister. Darrel was a great advocate for people that could not advocate for themselves. He made sure everyone had a voice. He knew his rights and helped others advocate for theirs. Darrel did not like to see people upset. He would comfort those in need of comfort in a very quiet and gentle way. Darrel had a very big heart and was very kind.
Darrel was everyone’s friend, “he was a hero in our midst.”
His guardian would like to thank all of Darrel’s care givers and his case manager for their care. Darrel was very happy in his home and community. His providers made sure he had a good quality of life.
Darrel is preceded in death by his parents Joe and Mary Hart and his older brother Greg.
Darrel is Survived by his sister Cheryl Cockley.
Cheryl says, “he was a good brother to me.”
Memorial service for Darrel will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 20, 2023 at Walker Funeral Home with Pastor Ernie Bishop officiating.