One of baseball’s greatest fans was forced to hang up his glove on Friday. With much sadness, Darrell Broberg – San Francisco Giants enthusiast, brother, father, and grandfather – will no longer be overheard cheering his Giants on. In 2010 when the Giants won the World Series Darrell said he could die a happy man but he decided to hang on and watch them win two more. His final game was watching the Giants win the 2014 World Series…. Dad now you can go to as many games as you want.
Did you know Darrell? No? Perhaps you heard his stereo cranked to the heavens while Mick Jagger screeched on about how he can’t get no satisfaction. That tune is certainly not about how Darrell lived his life or viewed the world; he loved many things and was always happy to share. He loved the Rolling Stones and John Prine, and he liked to share that love with the neighborhood, full blast.
Darrell was born March 7, 1951. He was raised with his 3 brothers – Dale, Robert, and Mike. Darrell lived most of his life in Logan, so maybe you caught a glimpse of him in the yard as he sunned himself by the pool; he enjoyed the heat and spending time outdoors. He despised the cold and would passionately curse the winter weather year after year until spring returned. To Darrell there were two seasons Winter and Baseball.
Darrell joined the Army in 1971 and was a Nike Hercules Missile specialist. He served his country until 1977. He married Vikki Wright in 1971 and were later divorced. They produced three little Brobergs –Darrell Lee J.R, Amy, and Leslie. Work was a huge part of Darrell’s life, and he selflessly dedicated himself to Logan Manufacturing Company and Camp Chef where he gained the respect and friendship of many people.
If Darrell had a message to pass on it would go something like this: There’s nothing more enjoyable than a good baseball game, unless your team is losing. You should laugh much and often, especially if the jokes are racy. Don’t take life seriously, it hardly ever returns the favor. A cold beer can do wonders for your attitude, if it doesn’t help, maybe you need two, and It ain’t over till it’s over.
Darrell’s love of family goes far beyond what words can express and he spent as much time with them as life allowed. He is survived by his 3 brothers and 3 children mentioned above. He also leaves 4 grandchildren behind – Garrett, Gauge, Kristopher and Jazmyn, along with his best buddy Sarge the dog.
Never was there a more tolerant, giving man. He will be missed dearly by all and forever cherished. Darrell would also want to give a huge thank you to hospice for all their hard work and help, especially Bonnie. It was no secret she was his favorite. Darrell thought funerals to be depressing and a bother to all involved, so his request was to not pester anyone with pomp and circumstance. His family is honoring that wish and services will not be held. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in his memory to: Access Home Care and Hospice.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Nyman Funeral Home. A private memorial service will be held this Saturday, January 24, 2015 in Logan, with Full Military Honors. Condolence and Memories can be sent to the family at www.nymanfh.com