Darrin James Peters

Darrin Peters

Cannon Beach

Feb. 10, 1970 — Nov. 10, 2015

Darrin James Peters, the son of Larry and Nancy Peters, was born on Feb. 10, 1970, at the Willamette Falls Hospital in Oregon City. He died suddenly on Nov. 10, 2015, from cardiac arrest. He was 45 years old.

Darrin and his family moved from Eugene to Beaverton to Fairfax, Virginia, to Denver and to San Francisco before finally settling in idyllic Cannon Beach in 1982. Darrin attended Broadway Middle School, Seaside High School and Southern Oregon College in Ashland.

Darrin loved Cannon Beach — the almost overwhelming scenic beauty; the comfort of a close-knit, supportive community; the nearness of family and the camaraderie of many, many friends. He was also part of extended families as a cook at the Whaler, Bill’s Tavern and the Warren House, which were very important to him.

Darrin enjoyed traveling, particularly during January and February when people on the Upper Left Edge tend to develop cabin fever. His travels included places like Kenya, Tanzania, Oahu, Kauai, Costa Rica, Puerto Escondido and New Orleans. He won the grand prize at a Portland Food Show when he was cooking at the Whaler. The prize was an African safari. An April 2016 trip, with his dad, was planned for Alaska’s Inside Passage.

Darrin also loved books, the old-fashioned ones that involve paper sheets and bookbinding. He probably has the second largest library in Cannon Beach. And playing games, particularly poker, was a passion. Darrin was a member of a poker group that convened once a week for years until two Cannon Beach legends, Billy Hultz and Uncle Mike Burgess, died.

As a Son of the American Legion for 22 years, Darrin volunteered for and participated in many activities at the Cannon Beach American Legion.

Darrin was a light that brightened our lives and uplifted our hearts. This is a challenging time, but memory of him is strong and full of joyous times. He’s survived by his mother Nancy, and father Larry; sister Lori and her husband, Tim; brother Larry Jr; seven nieces and nephews: Alicia, Dylan, Britney, McKensie, Tiffany, Bennett and Raven; and six grandnieces and grandnephews: Madison, Ethan, Camden, Benjamin, Lucy and London, who was just born Nov. 18.

There will be a memorial for Darrin at the Cannon Beach American Legion Saturday, Nov. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Clatsop County Animal Shelter.

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