Lucian ‘Lou’ Darin,
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
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 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