Darrin Glen Hopely
1965 - 2011
Darrin Glen Hopely passed away Aug. 11, 2011 at his home in Ellison Creek Estates near Payson. He was born July 15, 1965 in Philadelphia, Pa. to Dale and Aileen Hopely. The family moved to Arizona in 1966; they lived in Phoenix, Toltec, Casa Grande, Kingman and Yuma during his childhood.
Mr. Hopely was a graduate of Kofa High School in Yuma in 1983 and worked in the auto body business in Yuma, San Diego, and various shops in the Phoenix area for more than 20 years. His specialty was heavy collision and he was awarded Tech of the Month in Collision Reporter Magazine for his professional expertise in 1997.
In 2005, he and his wife Janice relocated to the Payson area to realize his dream of living in the beauty of northern Arizona.
Mr. Hopely put the metal skills he learned in the auto body business to work and opened DGH Welding and Fabrication. Most of his work was fabricating metal for homes and commercial buildings while also engaging in several projects, including intricate ornamentation.
He had a love for the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing around the state. He often shared this with his stepson Chris (Jeannie), whom he loved as his own son.
Mr. Hopely was a volunteer firefighter and EMT for the Tonto Village Fire Department and member of the Moose and Elks Lodges, as well as the American Legion in Payson. He served as governor of the Moose Lodge in 2008. He was an avid supporter of many community activities.
In addition to his wife of 15 years, Janice; he is survived by his mother, Aileen of Yuma; sister, Darlene (Mike) of Bellingham, Wash.; sister, Robin (Ed) of Chandler; brother, Dale (Kimberly) of Litchfield Park; his grandchildren, Christian (12) and Gabrielle (9); five nephews and three nieces.
With his passing he was reunited with his father who preceded him in death.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Mazatzal Casino in Payson.