Norwalk OH 44857 12/2/2017 14:00:00
Darrin Goostree, (Jimmy) 51 of Willard Ohio, was born August 10, 1966, passed away Thursday evening November 9, 2017 at the Willard Willows Nursing home. He was the son of Artie Moore, of Willard, Ohio, Father, Michael W. Goostree and Stepmother, Linda A. Goostree of Norwalk. Darrin was brother to six additional siblings, Duane Goostree Norwalk, Kevin and Brian Stewart of Ocala Florida, Kelly Houtz of Miami Florida, Michael Douglas Goostree of Madison Ohio, and Joe Lewis of Gainesville Florida. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Doug and Eunice Goostree of Norwalk Ohio.
Darrin attended Norwalk high school, graduated June 20, 1984. And enlisted in the United States Army July 10, 1984. He worked at various jobs throughout the years, Norwalk concrete Industries, sub-contractor for Snap-On Tools, also worked many odd jobs landscaping, and cutting trees.
Darrin was an army vet, he often stated he didn’t want to use that benefit because there were folks that needed those services more than he.
Jimmy, as he wanted his friends to call him, led a simple life. He had his own expectations, viewpoints, and rules. His closest friend was Mother Nature, he had an intimate relationship with her. He may not have studied the school books, but nature books were never far away. His knowledge of the great outdoors and it’s many wonders was amazing, in reality, beyond belief.
Some knew him as the flower guy, some as the bird guy, some as a master fisherman, and others as a critter lover, any critter, but especially his cats. And he was all of those. If you got stuck on a deserted island with someone, you would want it to be him, you knew you could survive. Darrin lived in Norwalk for a number of years renting from a close friend (George) of which he aided him by growing many species of plants and flowers.
Darrin love making fishing jigs, His Kreecherz jigs, as he called them, are legendary along the Huron and Vermilion Rivers. He shared his knowledge with those he encountered on how to catch the river dwelling bass and steelhead with his creations, and plain simple they just catch fish.
He observed nature all the time. Most would never notice the deer in the field, the hummingbird at the feeder, the hawk in the tree, the squirrel on the fence, or the newly budded flowers, but he saw it all. The plants and the trees, the cats and the bees, the sun and the moon, the fishes and the birds will all miss him. He enjoyed time with them every day. He often would walk to his favorite place the Norwalk Reservoir. Which he knew quite well to fish, to read his books, or just visit Mother Nature.
Darrin was a giver of himself, he planted various species of plants and flowers in many yards throughout Norwalk. He loved helping the elderly, mowing their yards as well as snow removal. At times he did their shopping or just sitting, spending time with them. He would never ask for pay and only accepted when necessary. Darrin was not a time clock person he had his own routine, he did things on his own time and pace.
Darrin loved helping people, He loved to fish or anything to do with fishing and outdoors. He kept journals on his fishing trips each and every time he caught fish, who he was with, how long and where he got the fish. He knew the Huron river like the back of his hand. He did the same with his journal on gardening, it also included the soil type, climate, when to feed or mulch.
Darrin loved children, he enjoyed the look on their faces when they see the results of something they have planted, they named him Sir Darrin. He will be missed by everyone that knew him. He loved his best friend and fishing buddy Denny who was always in his fishing stories.
Per Darrin’s request, Cremation has taken place. Arrangements were handled by Secor funeral home of Willard Ohio. Donations may be made to Stein Hospice in Darrin’s name.
The family would like to thank both Secor Funeral home and Stein hospice for their services.
The family is planning to have a special event to celebrate his life at 2pm, December 2,2017 at the Norwalk Memorial Reservoir Club House. Please RSVP at 305-481-1168. The family request attendees bring a covered dish.
I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the family of Jimmy Darrin Goostree. May you find comfort in your loving memories of Darrin and having the promise from the Bible that he is sleeping now, in God’s memory awaiting the resurrection. (Acts 24:15). What a joy it will be to welcome Darrin back to a beautiful and peaceful earth (Psalms 37:10,11,29) He will be right at home taking care of the beautiful earth and its critters. I sincerely hope you find these scriptures comforting and they give you the strength and courage to make it through this very difficult time.
In my thoughts and prayers.