On June 27, 2011, Darrell Bailes, age 61, passed away in his home in Carnation, surrounded by his loving family, after a ten-month battle with cancer.
Darrell was born in Seattle on April 15, 1950. He grew up on a small family farm in the Redmond-Fall City area. He attended Mount Si High School and then transferred to Redmond High School where he graduated in 1968.
It was Redmond High School where Darrell met the love of his life, Connie Quinn. The couple married in August of 1969. The couple joyfully welcomed the birth of a son, Jon Bailes, in August of 1971, and a daughter, Lisa Bailes, in July of 1974.
In 1979 the couple built a home together on two acres of land they had purchased in Carnation. It has been said by many people over the years that Darrell and Connie were like newlyweds their entire lives, serving as wonderful role-models to all who aspired to have a lasting, loving, and happy marriage.
Darrell was an avid hunter and fisherman his entire life. Some of his happiest moments were spent hunting in the NE corner of Washington state. This is where Darrell found great peace and savored many happy memories with friends and family.
Darrell also enjoyed spending time on the family’s property in Sunland, Washington, where he taught his children and grandchildren how to drive a boat and water-ski on the Columbia River.
Darrell was a true family man who thoroughly enjoyed taking an active role in his children’s and grandchildren’s lives. He was a kind and loving soul with a warm heart and a wonderful smile. He was a fair, honest, and straight-forward man who was beloved by all and will be sorely missed.
Darrell is survived by his wife, Connie Bailes; his son, Jon Bailes; his daughter, Lisa Kenyon; his daughter-in-law Becky Bailes; his son-in-law Shawn Kenyon; his grandchildren Katie Bailes, Shaun Bailes, Riley Kenyon, and Jon Kenyon; and his brothers Stephen Bailes and Richard Zackrison.
A memorial service will be held July 16, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. at the Sno-Valley Senior Center, located at 4610 Stephens Ave, Carnation.
The family invites all of Darrell’s family and friends to come and celebrate his life with them, and requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation at WWW.RMEF.ORG.