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In Memory

Darrell H. Hicks

February 18, 2013

Darrell H. Hicks, lost his courageous battle with mesothelioma on Feb. 7 surrounded by the family he loved.

Darrell was born in Fort Collins on Oct. 12, 1934, to Harold and Charlene Hicks. He attended local schools and graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1953. On July 11, 1953, he married Margie Kendall. While growing up, he worked with his dad in the painting business learning the trade from the ground up from an excellent teacher.

Following his marriage, he and Margie moved to Cheyenne, where he became employed at the Frontier Refinery. After about 10 years, they moved back to Fort Collins, where Darrell started Hicks Painting and Decorating. He worked as an independent contractor for almost twenty years. He then went to work at Colorado State University at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital as their painting maintenance technician.

Following the death of his wife in 2001, he retired from his job and began to enjoy his retirement. At his 50th High School reunion, he met Betty Wicklund, who would become his significant other for the remainder of his life. He spent the winters in Texas with Betty and his "Texas family" and the summers in Colorado.

Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Margie, and his grandson, Alan Hicks. He is survived by his son, Sean (Sandy) of Greeley; his daughter Paula Hicks of Pueblo and his son, Jeff, who lives in Fort Collins, and a sister, Deanna Hicks also of Fort Collins. He is survived by three grandchildren - Stephanie Hicks of Denver, Bradly Givens of Fort Collins, and Alissa Garcia (Randy) of Colorado Springs. Also surviving are great grandchildren Isaiah Lucero, Jordyn Gonzalez, Samari Garcia, of Colorado Springs; Stetson Dinkel of Laporte, Colorado, and Randy, Kalieana and Isaiah Gonzales of Pueblo.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Bohlender Funeral Chapel. Interment with military honors will be held at Grandview Cemetery. Please visit to send the family online condolences.