Lucian ‘Lou’ Darin, 80

Lucian (Lou) Melchior Darin, 80, of Hartford, passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

Lou was born on May 28, 1933, in Hurley — son of the late Margaret (Chiono) and Eugene Darin. At an early age he was given the nickname “Punky” which he would carry the rest of his life.

After graduating J.E. Murphy High School in 1951, Lou proudly entered the U.S. Navy and served his country during the Korean War. Upon honorable discharge from the Navy, Lou attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.

On June 24, 1960, Lou married Mary Ann Jacobson. They began their life together in New Buffalo, Mich. Lou was a volunteer firefighter and was member of the New Buffalo Lions Club. He further served the citizens of New Buffalo as an elected city councilman and later as the city’s mayor.

In 1975, Lou brought his family to Hartford, where he was appointed Hartford’s Director of Public Works. Lou also fulfilled the duties of airport manager and emergency government director. Lou embraced the “Service above Self” philosophy and joined Hartford’s Rotary Club, where he ultimately served as the organization’s president. Lou was a member of the American Legion as well as Hartford’s VFW Post. Perhaps Lou’s greatest legacy will be raising his four boys after Mary Ann passed away in 1975.

In retirement, Lou enjoyed watching politics from the sideline, completing crossword puzzles daily, reading, following the Green Bay Packers and simply “shooting the breeze” with the crew at Doll Pontiac or the other customers at Wayne’s Barber Shop. Lou loved to keep up on all the activities of his eight grandchildren.

Lou is survived by his four sons, David (Connie) of Slinger; Dwight of Madison; James (Alissa) of Waukesha; and Jay (Kelli) of Slinger; eight grandchildren, Scott, Grant, Brett, Nathanial, Austin, Brandon, James and Alexa; sister-in-law Patti Darin; nieces, Jane, Diana, and Trisha and nephews Bill and Joey (a fellow USN sailor); good friend Susan Marxen of Littleton, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; the love of his life, Mary Ann Jacobson; his only sibling, Dr. Joseph Darin; and special family friend Lois (Nan) Strother.

A memorial service for Lou will be held Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Rick Stoffel officiating. Lou’s family will greet relatives and friends on Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hartford Volunteer Fire Department, Hartford VFW Post 8834, Hartford Rotary or to the American Legion.

The Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences can be found at