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Medford Darrell Howell

12/14/1943 - 01/14/2022
Service Date: 01/29/2022
Service Time: 12:00 PM
Service Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel
Visitation Date: 01/29/2022
Visitation Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Visitation Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel - 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona 85201

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“A Humble, Gentle, Loving Man”
Medford Darrell Howell, 78, of Heber-Overgaard, Arizona, passed away  unexpectedly on January 14th, 2022. He slipped away peacefully in his sleep and was found by his loving neighbors Brent and Kelly Rasmussen after they were called by his son, Dustin Lee Howell.

“Veteran, Welder, Outdoorsman”
Darrell Howell was born on December 14th, 1943 in Phoenix, Arizona. Darrell left Carl Hayden High School at the age of 17 to join the Navy and serve his Country. After two tours in Vietnam, he met the love of his life, Dreama Balke on Christmas Eve of 1964 and married 5 weeks later. In October 1972, they adopted their only son, Dustin Lee Howell. The loving couple spent 47 years together before Dreama passed away on October 18th, 2012. Darrell enjoyed his career as a welder and teacher. His love of baseball drove him to coach little league. One of his biggest passions was hunting and fishing. He and his son, Dustin loved to hunt together. His biggest love in the end was his grandson, Sawyer. He is now united with God and his beloved wife, Dreama. He will be dearly missed.

Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • Dustin so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  • My heart felt sorrow knowing your family has to deal with this loss! My Father and yours worked together several times and my Father always had the great things to say!

    Being an adopted child as you are, there is a special bond between parent and child. The loss is so so compound and hurts so deep. Your Mom and Dad are together and what a time they are having being with one another again. I do know this feeling. My prayers are with you and Kristen and Sawyer.🌹

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  • Barbara Jean Kaiser

    ~ With Much Love and Respect Forever ~

  • Collett Schueneman

    Darrell was a very special man to me. His compassion and kindness helped me through a very hard time when I had lost my beloved husband…. We understood each other’s grief. He would call me every morning from long distance for over a year to say”Good morning sunshine.” He could make me smile and we laughed a lot… he had a great sense of humor. I was shocked to hear he passed.. but I’m happy for him that he is with Dreama. Someday I will be reunited with my love…. I will never forget him… and still have many pictures of him on my phone. Was blessed to have him in my life….. as were many others…. God bless you Dustin, he loved you so!

  • Dustin, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much your Mom and Dad meant you you. God Bless

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Darrell was such an encourager and I will miss his daily messages and frequent cards!

  • Dustin, Steve and I send our condolences to you and your family. Your Dad was always so nice.

  • I had not heard from Darrell in over a month-we texted EVERY morning–thinking something was really strange I googled and found this. I am Extremely Sad and SHOCKED. He surely loved Sawyer, as I have many pictures of him on my phone. God rest Darrell’s soul…..he will be missed by many.

  • Brenda A Heatherly

    I’m sorry to see this. Daryl was such a kind man. We only knew each other a short while, yet, his kindness reflected in his face and personality. RIP Daryl.

  • I am in complete shock. I am so sorry Dustin. I really loved that man…….

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