Darrell D. Drennan
July 6, 1969- March 24, 2020
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Darrell Duane Drennan, 50, on March 24, 2020 in Friendship, Maryland. Darrell was born on July 6, 1969 to Willard and Patsy Drennan. He is survived by his wife Shawn (Cornwell) Drennan, their daughter Kaitlyn Polko, his father, Willard Drennan, and his siblings: Patresa Holt, Mark Clark, Crissy Spoon, and David Drennan, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Darrell was preceded in death by his mother, Patsy Drennan and his brother Billy Clark.
Darrell most recently called Seattle, Washington home, but he was born and raised in Deale, Maryland, until he left to attend Duke University to study Mechanical Engineering. He joined Navy ROTC and upon graduation, he was commissioned into the US Navy as a submarine officer, serving aboard the USS Helena out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Upon separation from the Navy, Darrell started a lengthy and rewarding career in Supply Chain at several Biopharmaceutical companies including Amgen, Bristol Myers-Squibb, and Juno Therapeutics. Darrell was highly regarded as a mentor, often coaching family members and co-workers on ways to improve themselves and to better prepare for promotions or new jobs. In his spare time, Darrell supported his daughter’s swim team as a Meet Director and Treasurer. Darrell also enjoyed collecting seaglass and sand dollars, running, hiking, being outdoors, and live music. He was also known to enjoy a good bowl of Gelato from time to time. He will always be remembered for his sarcasm and wit, and for never just “letting someone win”. His competitive side led to some phenomenal family game nights that will live on with his memory.
Darrell will be greatly missed every day. The world lost a gem the day it lost Darrell. More than words, my love, farewell.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a memorial donation to support Glioblastoma or Brain Cancer research.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.
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