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Darwin C. Coburn

Darwin C. Coburn

Apr 18, 1932 - Jan 16, 2015
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Darwin Coburn, 82, of Riverton died on Friday, January 16, 2015, at his home in Riverton. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 23, 2015, at Davis Funeral Home at 2:00 pm. Pastor Ian McFarland will officiate. Inurnment with military honors will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Darwin Clark Coburn was born on April 18, 1932 in Britton, SD to Hannibal and Lydia (Fitzer) Coburn. He was one of five children, four boys and one girl. He grew up in SD and moved to Powell, WY when he was just a teenager. He spent the rest of his life in Riverton.

He was of the Christian Faith.

He served in the U.S. Army with the 21st Infantry Regiment during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant on June 6, 1953.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a former member of the Elks.

He was married to Nina Straley and together they had two children, they later divorced. He then married Sally Black and they had two children and later divorced. He married his current wife, Frances Elizabeth Rainone on November 17, 2000. Their friend, Judge Don Hall in Riverton, WY, married them.

He sold cars for 58 years in Riverton. At nineteen years old he began working for Chopping Chevrolet Motors; while working there he was awarded for being the 4th highest seller in the United States receiving the award in Detroit. He also worked for Courtesy Motors, and Riverton Chrysler (Gunners) and had also sold cars in Alaska from 1965 - 1970. He had many return customers and many referrals as he was know as being fair and honest. He received many other awards through out the years including one for selling over 100 cars in one month.

He enjoyed playing pool and darts; he was the manager of Twin Cities Billiards and was president of the league. He especially liked cars, both driving and selling them. He also enjoyed water skiing and bowling. He always looked forward to his Friday lunches with his best friend, Johnny Hubenka. Above all he loved being with his family and his grandkids.

He is survived by his wife, Frances “Frankie” Coburn of the family home; his children, Jim Coburn, Jay Coburn, Cliff Coburn, Denice Fabrizius, Shelly McIntyre, Darcy Smith, Grant Scheer, Chantry Casey, and Brian Tannehill; his grandchildren, Summer, Dana, Curtis, Christa, Chancey, Amber, Donavan, Delaney, and Kyle; his brother, Kenneth Coburn, Roger Coburn, and Gary Coburn; his ex-wife, Sally Black; 18 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hannibal “Bud” Coburn and Lydia and Hugo Clausing; his son, Kenny Coburn; his sister, Janice Wells; and his grandson, Curtis Coburn.

Memorials may be made to the PAWS Animal Shelter in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.

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Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home.