Darrell was born on Aug. 24, 1939, in his grandmother’s home in Powell. He spent his first few years growing up in Elk Basin, and then moved to Powell where he graduated from high school in 1958.
After high school, Darrell joined the Navy with his good friend, Larry “Jake” Jacobs. After leaving the Navy, he moved back to Powell where he met Linda Montez Hill. They were married in August of 1963 and enjoyed 54 1/2 years of married life together.
Darrell became a radiological technologist and worked in hospitals in Powell and Cody.
Daughter, Jeryl, was born in November 1966 and son, Brett, was born in September 1968. The family moved to North Bend, Oregon, in 1967 where Darrell attended college. When they moved to Sherwood in 1971, Darrell started working for Portland Community College in their radiological department as a radiological technologist, teaching physiology, anatomy and X-ray classes.
He joined the Army Reserves in 1972 and was honorably discharged in June 1978. When the family moved to Beaverton, Darrell attended Portland State University. He was hired by the state of Oregon Health Division where he participated in state and national task forces, advancing in various positions until he retired as a health physicist, and was awarded an honorary membership to the radiological society.
Darrell is survived by his wife Linda Hocken; his children, Jeryl Hocken and Brett (Natalie) Hocken; his grandson Ryon Hocken; his sister Beatrice Lipps; and his niece Trudy (Barry) Ward.
Darrell will be interred in the Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon. Memorial Services were held Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. Memorial donations can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Veterans Foundation or a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to the family at 10725 SW 85th, Tigard, OR 97223.