Darrel Burch passed away on May 25, 2022. He was born October 8, 1932 in Phoenix, Arizona. He grew up all over Arizona and went to St. Mary’s Catholic High School where he was student body president. He attended University of Arizona and worked at AiResearch/Garrett/Allied Signal/Honeywell for over 40 years and had many patents during this time. While in high school, Darrel met the love of his life Betty who were married and together raised 12 children. Darrel and Betty were devoted to the Blessed Mother and the Catholic Church. As a couple, Darrel and Betty were very active in the Church including teaching religious education classes, preparing several hundred couples for marriage and hosting Militia Immaculata youth groups.
Darrel was preceded in death by his wife Betty, sons Martin, Peter, and Darrel. He is survived by his 9 children, 44 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Dad was a true survivor and was appreciative for the care provided until the end. Never left the room without a “thank you”. Will be missed greatly but are extremely happy he is back in Betty and the boy’s arms!
On Thursday, June 9, 2022 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 8620 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, a visitation will begin at 9:30am with Rosary Prayers held at 10:00am and a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30am.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Parish (mht.org/giving) or The Father Kolbe Missionaries of the Immaculata (kolbemissionusa.org). Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com
Betty was my grandmother’s sister and I have fond memories of Darell from my childhood. It warms my heart to see that he lived such a full life. Condolences and love to all.
I never met Darrel, but I feel like I know him a little from so much Dan shared with me. And from what I have been told and read, he passed a lot of his wonderful personal traits and personality to Dan.
I hope that you are able to celebrate his life and this time with all your family around is a great time revisiting amazing memories and admiring the tremendous family he was a key part in creating and shaping.
Grandpa Burch was someone I’d always looked up to. He was one of those rare people with a child’s spirit. I loved how he’d jump off the swings, create fun challenges like catching pigeons and beating each other to his car after work to greet him (and getting candy for doing so!), read us poetry, and sing with us. His voice was not very good, but I loved it more than those who could sing because it brought you into the moment.
As I got older, he was always open to talking about different things. I respected his perspective and he would hear me out.
I loved being in his company.
I’m glad he’s with Grandma now. I know he’s been waiting for this moment to come.
I thank those who helped take care of him these past years. I so appreciate Uncle Chris for being by his side and including us in his life.
Love to you all. I’ll miss you, Grandpa. Xoxo
As I grew up with Darrel, I have memories going back to early childhood. Also, I stayed with him when I would return to Phoenix when visiting. I always liked to be there when family was over visiting. Sadly, I wasn’t able to visit starting in 2020.
I will cherish the memories of times spent visiting.