Cecil E. Darnell
JANUARY 22, 1936 – OCTOBER
Cecil/Bud passed peacefully with family at bedside after a brief illness.
He is preceded in death by his parents Cecil M. Darnell and Lillian Hart
Darnell. He is survived by his wife, Judy Darnell (Smith) and daughters, Nanette
Darnell, Suzette Darnell Holloway and grandson, Tariq Zidan. Cecil has 3
surviving siblings brother, Don Darnell (wife Mary Kay); sisters, Audrey Ritt
and Carol Ruppert (husband Donald) and numerous nieces and nephews.
Barryton, Michigan is where Cecil grew up, graduated high school, and returned
to frequently because it was always home. He furthered his education by
attending first Central Michigan and then completed his degree at Olivet College
where he was president of Phi Alpha Pi Fraternity. Cecil and Judy met at Olivet
College and married on January 27, 1961.
He was first a teacher at Duck Lake School and then at Milford Junior High.
After teaching for 5 yrs, he changed careers a couple of times. He became The
Sault St. Marie Chamber of Commerce Director and established the I-500
snowmobile race in The Soo. In 1974, he moved his family back to the Lower
Peninsula, where he became Mason Area Chamber of Commerce Director , and
inaugurated the Arabian Horse Show at the Ingham Co. Fairgrounds. After leaving
The Chamber, Cecil was employed by The Society of Manufacturing Engineers in
Dearborn, Michigan where he was an Expositions Manager, putting on machine tool
shows all over the world, until he retired. Cecil then came out of retirement to
work as a consultant for Engineering Society of Detroit for a short time. What
Cecil/Bud is most known for by most (in his own words) is being an author,
speaker, writer, storyteller, photographer. He has written articles and had
cover photos for publications such as Rural Heritage, Saddle UP, Draft Horse
Journal, Age Wise, Michigan Farmer, Above the Bridge, Western Mule Magazine,
Country Lines, Old Farm, The Percheron News and even Onion World!
Cecil E Darnell has been a presence in the horse industry, along with barns and
the country culture for many years. He was involved with many shows and
associations such as Great Lakes International, The Michigan Horse Expo, Boat
Pullers Association, etc. He was also the recipient of The Michigan Horse
Council’s Inaugural Press Award and The Catalyst Award, and was also admitted to
the Michigan Draft Horse Pulling Hall of Fame.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, November 3rd at 11 AM, with
visitation 1 hr prior. Followed by a luncheon and then procession to cemetery
for a prayer and inurnment.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Cecil E.
Darnell to All Saints Lutheran Church 720 W South St. Mason, 48854 or Ingham
County Animal Shelter 600 Curtis St. Mason, 48854 and that you continue to tell