In Memory

Darrell Adams

Darrell Adams

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09/26/10 09:44 AM #1    

Dorothy Ann Perry (Kennedy)

(The following obituary and poem were provided to Dorothy P. Kennedy by Deana Rae Adams Rasmussen, Darrell's daughter.)


Darrell R. Adams Obituary

Umatilia, Oregon


Funeral Services for Darrell Ray Adams will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Umatilla at 11a.m. on Saturday.  Burial will be at the Bess Hampton Cemetery in Othello, Wash.  Friends may call for viewing at the church at 10a.m. on Saturday.


Mr. Adams 45, of Umatilla, died Wednesday, March 3, 1993, at his home.


He was born Jan. 22, 1948 at Rexburg, Idaho, to Robert and Vesta Galbraith Adams.


On Feb. 24, 1968, he married Bette Haws at Mesa, Wash.


He served with the National Guard in the Vietnam War.


The Adams' had been resident of Umatilla for 16 years.  Mr. Adams had been executive director of the Washington State Potato Growers Association.


He was a member of the Umatilla School Board and a member of the Umatilla Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


He enjoyed all sports and watching his children when they were involved in sports.


Survivors include his wife, at the home, his mother, Vesta Robison of Rexburg, Idaho; sons, Jared of Salt Lake City, Jason serving on a mission in Taiwan and Kevin and Darrell Jr., both at the home: daughters, Deana Rasmussen of Orem, Utah, Jenifer of Provo Utah and Lori, Jane, Kristy and Jayme at the home; brothers, Larry of Salt Lake City, Vernal of West Jordan, Utah, and DeLoy of Missoula, Mont., and sister, Boni Wharton of Salt Lake City.  His father died in 1970.



Darrell Ray Adams


The first time we met, it was most notably true

there was something very special about you.

For this we do assemble this beautiful Saturday

to tell you we thank you for spicing life's way


It's hard to stand here without a tear in the eye

because thoughts about you starts one to cry

perhaps for the loneliness of not having you here

but more for the funny things you did while here


Your big and you tall and all things involved

whether calamity or calm you lead the pack

in work or in play you never held back

church callings, school board, sorts and work too

that enthusiastic endeavor highlighted you


Fine potatoes you grew, and enjoyed it so much

the whole state of Washington kept you in touch

with how where when what they wanted to do

you were responsible and performed admirably too.


Just the other day to Florida you did go

 to talk about potatoes for a day or so

upon your return when asked what was best

your simple reply, with a smile was,“my Betts”.


Your church service renderings you gave while inspired

uplifting and encouraging giving new hope

to the souls of the downtrodden were sometimes mired

while attempting life's troubles and trials to cope


But if one looked at Darrell's life and wondered what it meant

an uncontrollable grin would come across your face

as you thought about the humor he brought into this place

You'd thank your Heavenly Father for the time with us he spent.


But greater things by far did Darrell accomplish here. 

The grandest of them all is sitting here with you.

Her name is Betts, Bette Boop or Bette to me and you.

She's the fine lady sometime ago to Darrell, “I do”


Marriage was fine and in due time there was a child then 2.

And since that worked so very well

they filled the basement too.


Deana's the eldest with Rob as her beau,

Jared's second with wife Jamie in tow

Jason's the third in a mission far away,

Jenifer's next, just left home for a stay.

Lori's the fifth a real tiger on the court,

while Kevin at 16 is a tall, gangly sort.

DJ junior has a real special heart,

watch out for Jane she'll tease you apart.

Then comes Kristy who will tickle you and laugh,

rounding out the top ten is Jayme, the last.


As you children get bigger, perhaps as big as your dad,

you have a wonderful example, in that man you call “Dad”.

You must live your life's justly, honest and true,

do as he told you on Earth, here to do;

that when life if over, you'll together again be

in Heavenly Father's kingdom, a family, eternally.


As life neared its end, Darrell, your valor it grew

There are few of us, if any, who ever really knew

of the pain, the sorrow, that Bette saw you through

You thought only of others, your family the most

and did the unbearable with never a boast.


Now other things, Darrell, you have in Heaven to do

while we remain now on Earth without you.

Help us, Dear Lord, to fulfill here our plight

that when life is over, we'll fill with delight.

As we enter thy kingdom forever to be.


Darrell, we miss you and wish you were here,

your remembrance with us we hold it dear

we look forward for the day when we too

can enjoy Celestial surroundings, Heavenly Father, Jesus and you.

But sometimes we wonder with a chuckle in thought

just now who you are teasing, and what new deeds you have wrought.


-given at Darrell’s funeral by his friend John Lloyd


09/26/10 04:52 PM #2    

Dorothy Ann Perry (Kennedy)

The Adams Family taken in December 1987, the last time they were

all together prior to Darrell's death.

09/26/10 05:03 PM #3    

Dorothy Ann Perry (Kennedy)

The Adam's Family Christmas 2009

Three more babies have been added making a total of 44 grandchildren for Darrell and Bette.

11/19/10 09:47 PM #4    

Willis Kortright

Darrell and I were classmates all through Jr High,and High School in Rexburg.

I also joined the guard right after High School.

He and I also went to basic training at Ft.Ord California,also in the same platoon.

Then we both went to Vietnam,and came home together and I lost track of him.

He helped me through some rough times in basic after being away from home.

I am not ashamed  to call him a special friend and brother in uniform.

I will miss laughter and his cheerful,positive attitude

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