Former Juneau resident Daryl Kerlin Middleton, 47, died Sunday, July 4, 2004, at his brother's home in Kennewick, Wash., surrounded by family.
He was born Dec. 14, 1956, to Earl J. and Darlene (Little) Middleton in Yakima, Wash. He received his education in Granger, Wash., graduating with the Granger High School Class of 1974. Following his education, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served for four years. He worked as a fisherman in Alaska for 10 years. He was also a painter, carpenter, cabinetmaker and reluctant mechanic. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and was an avid reader.
His family described him as a jack-of-all-trades. They wrote, "Daryl was a spontaneous, independent traveler, a man who made his own adventures. He always brought perspective, subtle wisdom, laughter and an enlightened sense of humor to any conversation, be it with a stranger or those he knew. His character was one of strength and tolerance. He shared his life with all those he met with open honesty and kindness. Daryl will be remembered and greatly missed by all who knew and loved him."
He was preceded in death by his father, Earl J. Middleton; grandfather, Arthur Little, and grandparents, Carl and Myrtle Middleton.
He is survived by his mother, Darlene (LeRoy) Curtiss of Mabton, Wash.; brother, Darin E. Middleton of Kennewick, Wash.; children, Daryl J. Middleton, Tarah Middleton, Raquel Middleton and Tiffany Middleton; sister, Marie Robertson of Kennewick, Wash.; former wife, Janet Roy of Edmonds, Wash.; grandmother, Bertha Little; five step-grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
His memorial service was held Thursday, July 8, 2004, at the Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, Wash.