Darrel Carl Getz, 87, passed away on July 20, 2021, at Quail Meadow Assisted Living & Memory Care in North Ogden, Utah, where he had resided since March 2020.
Darrel had been a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming since 1973.
Darrel was born in Epiphany, South Dakota on June 27, 1934, son of Archie and Lena (Miller) Getz. He grew up on a farm in South Dakota where he had a pet cow named “Flicka” and a dog named “Shep”. His Grandfather, Benedict Miller, was a German immigrant, who came from Wurttemberg, Germany to the United States in 1864. He would always talk about his days on the farm, taking care of the animals and hunting South Dakota pheasants with his dog, “Shep” by his side.
Darrel graduated in 1953 from St. Agatha High School in Howard, South Dakota. Darrel always gave credit to Sister M. Loyola, OSF, Principal, for encouraging him to keep the faith, to keep on trying to do his very best no matter what. He enjoyed keeping in touch with his classmates and attending class reunions for many years.
Being the youngest of seven siblings in the Getz family, Darrel was nicknamed “Babe”. He was known by that name throughout his high school years. His classmates always remembered “Babe” with that mischievous smile!
Darrel moved to Tioga, North Dakota in 1954, beginning his career in the “oil patch” fields of North Dakota. Everybody knew him as “Tubby”. In the beginning, he had many different jobs, roughneck, truck driver, warehouse manager, equipment operator, station manager, and sales engineer. Darrel worked for Baroid in New Town, North Dakota, Dowell in Williston, North Dakota, and Glendive, Montana. After job assignments in North Dakota and Montana,
Darrel and Rosalie eventually settled in Rock Springs, Wyoming in 1973. Dowell-Schlumberger merged in 1988 and would eventually become Schlumberger. Darrel retired from Schlumberger in 1998. His job career with Dowell and Schlumberger spanned a total of 38 years.
Darrel married Rosalie Ann Williams July 29, 1961, at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church, Stanley, North Dakota. Celebrant for the wedding ceremony was Father Clarence Gavett.
Darrel was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Community in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He belonged to the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the BPOE Elks Lodge.
In his retirement Darrel enjoyed automotive work, repairing vehicles, restoring old John Deere tractors, growing a garden and taking walks with “Ebony” his special dog companion. He was always looking for a job and visiting friends. He was stubborn and refused to slow down even as he got older. His passion to keep busy always kept him challenged to try new adventures.
Although he’s known for his tough as nails work ethic and gruff demeanor, he had the ability to surprise you with his warm smile, mischievous humor, colorful stories and subtle generosity. He never said it, but he was very proud of the life he and Rosalie had accomplished, the kids he raised and the hard work that
Darrel is survived by his wife of 59 years, Rosalie Getz, as well as his six children; Jay Getz and wife Teresa of Rock Springs, Wyoming, Lisa Getz-Ivy and husband Rod of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Maggie Getz-Welk and husband Rod of Aurora, Colorado, Amy Getz of Centennial, Colorado, Tony Getz and companion Malia of Portland, Oregon, Becky Getz-Beaumier and husband Chris of Highlands
Ranch, Colorado; his two grandsons, Jacob and Ben Welk, his three granddaughters, Kaity Ivy, Emily Welk and Jennifer Beaumier; his sister Verlyn Larson of Apple Valley, Minnesota; his sister-in-law Rose Getz of Carmel, Indianna; nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marcelline, “Marcie” Sachen; four brothers, Ronald Getz, Lloyd Getz, Wilmer Getz and Marvin Getz.
A private family memorial Mass and burial will be conducted at a future date in Rock Springs, Wyoming.
The family respectfully requests that donations in Darrel’s memory be made to the Holy Spirit Catholic Community in Rock Springs, Wyoming.