Earl Albert Darneille was born on July 15th, 1948 in Chico, California to Oscar William Darneille and Viola Mae (Shelton) Darneille. He left this life in Medford, Oregon on the morning of May 22nd, 2009. He lived 60 years, 10 months and 7 days.
Earl was a member of the Wintu Indian Nation of California.
From the age of 8, Earl was raised as a buckaroo, by his best friend in life, his Grandfather, William "Gramp" Shelton. Qualities of hard work and responsibility were taught to him, and those that knew him will testify that as cowboys will do- Earl balanced this hard work by equal energy in play. He was a rare treasure to know and faithful friend and employee. He was a hard worker and an honest man. Earl worked 30 years for the C-2 Cattle Company of Lake Creek, Oregon, and his last ten years for the Don Savage family at Crater Sand and Gravel. Earl never left the cattle business as he found great joy in continuing to work during the Buckaroo seasons as a bull-rack driver for Rogue River Ranch.
As a young man Earl was a professional bull and bronc rider in the
western rodeo circuit. He was an avid archery tournament shooter, and a
hunter and fisherman. Earl was a past President of the Rogue Valley
and State of Oregon Chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Earl was also a life member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and a
frequent donor of guided hunts for youth to the above organizations, as
well as the Oregon Hunter’s Association and the National Rifle
Association. He was an active motorcycle rider and toured untold miles
around the western United States in the past decade. Earl was an
animated teller of funny tales and found it easy to help people find
the laughter in a particular moment. He was a dedicated grandfather.
was preceded in death by his parents, brother Charles Hinkley, and his
grandfather Bill Shelton. He is survived by his long time partner- Joy
Pruitt, and her daughter Janice Cannon, sisters Leona Parker, Lucine
Boullinger and Annamarie Friedman, and brothers Billy Darneille, Bishop
Hinkley, Cornell Hinkley, Joe Kingrey and Franklin Law, grandsons Eric
McGuire, Kyle Cannon, Jase Deemer and great-grandson Michael Cannon.
There will be an empty and unfillable chair at the hunt camp of his
best friends Dave Hall and Brian Hogue.
As the swift and
ruthless nature of the rare cancer consumed him, Earl Darneille
"cowboyed up" and never complained in the least. He was an inspiration
to those who witnessed his journey.
He will be missed by
friends and family, as well as the hunting and cowboy community of the
Rogue Valley. A private Eagles Gate ceremony will be held on the 20th
of June, and public services will be announced in the coming weeks.