Paul G. Darrough, Jr.
February 26, 2004
Paul G. Darrough Jr. of Snowmass Village died Friday, Feb. 20, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. He was 80.A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Feb. 28, at 11 a.m. at Carbondale Community United Methodist Church with internment at Evergreen Cemetery in Carbondale.Paul and Betty Darrough were married in 1947. They moved to Snowmass Village in 1984 to fulfill a lifelong dream of retiring to the area. An avid hunter and fisherman, Paul had vacationed here since the 1930s with his family. His parents built a summer cabin in the early 1950s at Mt. Nast Colony on the Fryingpan River. He spent many summers exploring lakes and rivers with old-timers like Clyde Swisher (who helped map the area for the Forest Service). His knowledge of the areas history was legendary. During his retirement years he served on the board of the Aspen Community United Methodist Church, while finding time to enjoy fishing, golf and bridge (he was a dedicated player).His principal occupation was civil law attorney in private practice with the family law firm of Darrough & Darrough in Oklahoma City. Paul was a municipal judge for over a quarter of a century, was named a member of the Oklahoma State Election Board, served as chair of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Board of Review and as president of the Oklahoma County Bar Association. Active in politics, he served as precinct chairman, election judge, national convention delegate and Chairman of the Oklahoma County Republican Party.Paul studied at the University of Oklahoma in the late 1940s, and earned degrees in political science and law. He was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, serving at rush chairman. While at OU he competed in numerous intramural championships, winning gold medals in tennis, racquetball, table tennis, etc. Paul was a graduate of the Naval ROTC at OU and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII on the USS McDonough and the USS Vincennes in the South Pacific. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and served in the Underway Training Unit from 1951-53.Paul was known for his strong sense of loyalty, duty and integrity. He did not shy away from challenges and at times was relentless in his pursuit of justice. One of his latest battles involved the Aspen Skiing Co.s plans to erect large berms obstructing the neighborhoods view of the Snowmass Club golf course. He succeeded in winning a compromise in what was referred to locally as the Battle of the Berm.A loving family man with a great sense of humor and wit, Darrough reveled in the company of family and friends.Born on April 15, 1923, to Paul Gladstone Darrough and Margaret Archdeacon Darrough of Oklahoma City, Paul Jr. is survived by his wife, Betty Ruth Harbison Darrough of Snowmass Village; daughter Diane Darrough of Carbondale; son Paul G. (Marvel) Darrough III of Wichita, Kan.; granddaughters Michelle Luff of Dallas and Virginia Luff of Eugene, Ore.; three sisters, Anne (Tom) Travis of Wichita, Kan., Dorothy (Duke) Logan of Vinita, Okla., and Ruthie (O.B.) Johnston III of Vinita, Okla.; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relations. His parents and sister, Lina (Bill) Koelm, preceded him in death.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: National Jewish Medical and Research Center, 1400 Jackson St., Denver, CO 80206.