R.I.P. Ed Darby, 72, CEO of Darby Equipment

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Second generation Darby Equipment Co. CEO Ed Darby has died at age 72. The company made the announcement on its Facebook page.

Edward Lee Darby passed away on Feb. 10, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born on Nov. 3, 1945, in Tulsa to Lee and Lucile Darby. Lee and Lucille founded Darby Equipment in 1982. Ed and his brother, Bob, took over the company after their father’s death in 1994.

This following is from the obituary posted on the Darby Equipment Facebook page on Feb. 13:

Ed graduated from Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa and from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. A Vietnam War veteran, Ed began working with his father, Lee Darby, in the mid-1980s to help create Darby Equipment Co. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Lucile, and his brother Michael. He is survived by his siblings, Pat of Tulsa, Jim of Bernice, Dan, Bob and Mary Beth Huntze, all of Tulsa, as well as the love of his life, Brenda Falsone of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He is also survived by his godson, Major Michael Casey Sere, many loving nieces, nephews and many dear friends including his lifelong friend Guy Irvine.

Ed had an enormous, fun-loving personality and was extremely influential to his friends and family, sharing love of travel, SCUBA diving, wine and music, especially The Grateful Dead. Sometimes we live no particular way but our own. This was certainly true for Ed. He was an extremely generous individual with a passion for the education of underprivileged children. He created the Ed Darby Foundation that serves to provide scholarships, school supplies and additional assistance to children in the Tulsa school system. Ed had a particular interest in Global Gardens, an organization designed to empower students in low-income communities to be agents of change in their own lives and communities through hands-on science and peace education. A celebration of Ed’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on March 10th, at All Souls Church, 2952 S Peoria in Tulsa.

In lieu of flowers, the Darby family asks that you please consider a donation to Global Gardens, P.O. Box 52034, Tulsa, OK 74152. Global-Gardens.org.

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