Darrin Suk

June 13, 1992 - August 10, 2015
Martin, MI



Saturday, August 15, 2015
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
East Martin Christian Reformed Church
1782 5th Street
Martin, MI 49070


Saturday, August 15, 2015
1:00 PM EDT
East Martin Christian Church
1782 5th Street
Martin, MI 49070


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Gryphon Place
3245 South 8th Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
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HopeWell Ranch
6410 W. Leiter Road
Weidman, MI 48893
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Plainwell Flowers
117 S. Main
Plainwell, MI 49080
(269) 685-8055
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Life Story / Obituary


He was a cowboy through and through, but Darrin Suk was known for having a heart as big as his truck. Generous with a quiet faith, he noticed when there was a need and when he could, he stepped up to meet it. “Darrin’s Words of Wisdom for the Day” revealed the sarcastic wit beneath his otherwise quiet and gentle demeanor, which endeared him all the more to those who saw it. It is said that children can sense the true nature of a person, and if that is true then Darrin’s nephews and nieces spoke volumes about his sincere and loving character. Uncle “Dern” was a favorite playmate, the uncle every little kid wants.

The 1990s was a decade of incredible technological advances, most notably the explosion of the World Wide Web. Soon the masses would be waiting for their dial-up to connect, but in the spring of 1992, Ralph and Luanne (Westendorp) Suk had no thought of such a thing as the internet. They were eagerly anticipating the arrival of yet another set of pattering feet to add to the rowdy rhythm of their home. On June 13, they welcomed their bundle of boy, Darrin Christopher, and even from his earliest days he brought smiles and laughter to their family. The youngest of four, Darrin frequently entertained everyone when he wore his security “blanket” on top of his head. He named it Doogie and apparently he didn’t mind that it was actually a pair of underpants. When he was a little older, around five, he was known for running around in nothing but his cowboy boots and underwear yelling, “I’ve got a snake in my boot!”

Darrin grew up chasing after his two brothers and sister outside the rural village of Martin, Michigan, and loved everything the country life had to offer a young boy. He and his family often went to tractor shows and they all liked checking out the antique tractors. As he got older, his interests expanded to include the best that the beautiful Michigan outdoors has to offer. He spent his free time four-wheeling, deer hunting, and kayaking, and he had bought a snowmobile in anticipation of the next snowy northern winter. He loved his big Dodge truck with its Cummins diesel engine.

Darrin attended East Martin Christian School throughout his schooling years. After graduating, he went to Oklahoma Horseshoeing School in Purcell, Oklahoma, about thirty miles south of Oklahoma City. He completed his studies and then came back home, doing some farrier work on the side while working at HGC, a dome and greenhouse construction company. Darrin was a hard worker and known for his toughness. When a steel girder landed on his foot, he took the mandatory trip to the ER for x-rays, but returned to work as soon as he was released. Darrin also had an artistic side. He used old horseshoes he had collected to create pieces that he gave sold and gave away if someone appeared to enjoy them.

As a teenager, Darrin took a special liking to the rodeo and embraced the physical and mental challenge of bull riding. It was never far from his head or his heart. He loved the risk and the camaraderie that came with the territory. As part of the Super Kicker Rodeo, he was always ready to help out a riding buddy and believed that even though he was competing, it was just as important to lend a hand wherever he could. He was proud of himself and all the other riders for putting themselves out there doing something that most people would avoid at all costs.

Those who knew him best know that in his heart, Darrin wanted to make things a little better for anybody he met. Despite the ache from losing him so early, his generosity, kindness, and readiness to help are memories that Darrin’s loved ones will treasure always.

Darrin died at his home on Monday, August 10, 2015. He is survived by his parents, Ralph Suk and Luanne Suk; his siblings: Mark (Melanie) Suk, Tiffany Houseman, and Travis (fiancée Keri Dunn) Suk; nieces and nephews: Isaac, Eden, Kevin, Madalyn, Makenzie, Emmett, and Bonnie; his maternal grandmother Ida Westendorp; his paternal grandparents John and Anky Suk; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visit with Darrin’s family on Saturday, August 15, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at East Martin Christian Reformed Church. A memorial service will immediately follow at 1:00 p.m. Please visit Darrin’s memory page at www.lifestorynet.com where you can share a favorite memory or photo and sign his online guest book. Memorial donations may be made to Gryphon Place or Hopewell Farms.