George Darland, 56
Fri, 07/21/2017 - 5:38pm admin
Aug. 30, 1960 —
July 18, 2017
Lamont, Iowa - George Harry Darland, 56, of Lamont, Iowa died at his brother's home in Independence, Iowa, Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from cancer.
A memorial service is planned for a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family.
George was born Aug. 30, 1960, in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, the son of Jack LeMarr Darland, Sr. and Marguerite “Peggy” Young (Prichard) Darland. He attended schools in Waterloo, Iowa and Cresco, Iowa, graduating from Crestwood High School in 1979. He then studied turf science at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo.
He was employed as a golf course superintendent at Hickory Grove in Oelwein, Iowa, Wahkonsa in Durant, Iowa, St. Andrews in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, New Hampton Golf and Country Club in New Hampton, Iowa and Backbone Golf and Country Club in Strawberry Point, Iowa.
George was very good at what he did and was dedicated to his career like few others. At every one of his courses, the message was the same from whomever one met: “…the course has never been better...” George loved not only his golf course – and golfing of course - but anything outdoors, especially gardening, for he was a farmer at heart. He enjoyed camping, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hunting or just sitting by a campfire with family and friends...as long as it didn’t keep him too long from his true home, the golf course. Rare are people so totally dedicated to their work and employers, but that was George. He will be fondly remembered and missed by many.
He is survived by his mother of Cresco; four brothers, Michael LeMarr (Barbara) Darland of Hazelton, Iowa, Timothy Richard (Marilyn) Darland of Independence, Jack LeMarr (Robin) Darland, Jr. of Cedar Falls, Iowa and Patrick Daniel Darland of Cresco; one sister, Polly Prichard (David) Suntken of Clear Lake, Iowa; paternal uncle, William Farrell (Nancy) Darland of St. Louis; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George Farrell Darland, Erma Hazel (Jones) Darland, Harry Robert Prichard, and Elsie Mae (Young) Prichard; his father, Jack, Sr.; and a nephew, Kyle Patrick Darland.