InMem_Beckley_webDarrell J. Beckley ’53 of Brush, Colo., died August 29, 2012. Born in 1926, Darrell served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1947. Upon his discharge, he enrolled at Colorado School of Mines, where he joined Kappa Sigma fraternity and played varsity football, his 1951 team was inducted into Mines’ Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999.

Darrell, who earned a professional degree in petroleum engineering from Mines, served as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1958. He married Janice White in 1951, and in 1958 the family moved from Denver to Brush, where Darrell continued his work in oil and gas exploration. He and Jan were involved in the Catholic Church, serving as leaders in the marriage enrichment classes for the Archdioceses of Denver for several years. After retiring, they served for seven years as resident managers of the Arbor Living Center at Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center in Brush.

Darrell was predeceased by his wife. He is survived by his children, Patricia Cummings ’80, Mary Cummings, Julie Castle, Teresa Young, Nancy Wilkinson, Kathleen Chastain, Paul, Michael, John, Robert and Thomas; brother Ronald; 33 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.