Clarence J. Darst

February 09, 1955 ‒ March 08, 2015

Marengo, Ohio

Gold ImageClarence James Darst, age 60 and Special Olympic Gold Medalist of Marengo passed away Sunday morning, March 8, 2015 at Centerburg Pointe.

Loved by all he was preceded in death by his beloved mother Katherine (Juliano) Pyne in 2014, father Charles Pyne in 1996, and brother Walter “Pete” Darst.

He was a gold medalist in gymnastics during the 1979 International Special Olympics. Because of that accomplishment Clarence proudly served as the grand marshal of the 1980 Sunbury 4th of July parade.

A devoted fan of the OSU Buckeyes and Elvis Presley, he attended the Whetsone School and worked with Whetstone Industry’s.

He will long be remembered for his constant endearing smile and warm heart.

Those left to cherish his memory include this siblings Charles Darst who went above and beyond in his care, Frank Darst, and Mary Hubbell all of Marengo, Marty Darst of Delaware, Michael Darst of Florida, 9 nieces and nephews, 9 great-nieces and nephews, aunts Mary Dupler and Nancy Billingham of Columbus.

Friends may call 10:00 a.m. until Noon on Thursday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Marengo. Graveside services will follow 1:00 p.m. Thursday at Bloomfield Cemetery near Sparta.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Special Olympics Program, 3303 Winchester Pike, Columbus, OH 43232.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • Frank, I’m so sorry to learn of Clarence’s passing. I didn’t realize we were of the same age, but I enjoyed visiting with him when I visited your home with my cousin, who was friends with Mary. Sending prayers and hugs to you and and your family. Cherie

  • Frank, I am so sorry for your loss; please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are just a phone call away if you need anything, please call.

  • Frank, So sorry to hear of your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. The Van Horn Family

  • Our deepest condolences are with you Frank and your siblings. Your dear Brother lived a full and happy life and loved you dearly. We’re always here for you.

  • Charlie, Frank, Marty and Mary , I am sorry for your loss. I have good memories of Clarence and his beautiful smile from our youth. I pray God will give you comfort.

  • Frank, I’m so sorry for your loss. Please extend my sympathy to your family.

  • I am so sorry to hear of you loss Frank, this has been a rough time for you as well as many other folks we all know. Prayers to your family who were
    blessed with a Special Brother as Clarence was.

  • Frank, So sorry to hear of Clarence passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your siblings.

  • Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to the family. Clarence will be missed. His smile will always be in our memories.

  • Very sad to learn of your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy. — Jesse Carter and Veronica Adams

  • Frank and family, heaven gained an angel yesterday. Maybe Pete will bet with him on Ohio State and give him the same deal as you….the bet was #5 dollars win loose or draw, letting him always “win” the $5! What a good brother you were to Clarence Frank. So sorry for your loss, love you.

  • My prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow. Clarence was a very special person. He is with your Mom again. He enjoyed life. My remember him feeding a calf when we were kids. He said it was his job and he liked his job.

  • Our condolences to the family and friends who lives he touched.
    Sincerely, Jerry and Missie

  • Frank and family we are so sorry to hear of Clarence passing! He was such a special person and I will miss his wonderful smile!

  • To Clarence’s family we would like to express our condolences. Clarence was quite the guy. Katie’s love and devotion to him and her family was inspiring. Clarence always made a person smile. His singing and dancing like Elvis was so sweet. Clarence was a wonderful man and made the world a lot sweeter with him in it. God bless.
    Ronnie Byrd and family.

  • My deepest sympathies go out to Frank, and the family. “I have seen something further under the sun, that the swift do not always win the race, nor do the mighty win the battle, nor do the wise always have the food, nor do the intelligent always have the riches, nor do those with knowledge always have success, because time and unexpected events overtake them all.” Ecclesiastes 9:11

  • To the Darst family,
    So sorry to hear of you loss. Clarence was such a wonderful person.
    He will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I know he is smiling down from above.
    Adrian and Ann

  • Life is just a matter of time while on this earth, I’m deeply sorry that you have lost your brother Clarence, God sent him to be apart of a strong family, your mother taught her children to love and take care of each other, that is what you have done. The next few days will be difficult but knowing you like I do, God is saying – job well done my children… Job well done

  • Frank & family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your families loss! Life is so precious & many times way to short.
    Please know you are all in our thoughts & prayers during this most difficult time.

    May GOD bless you all,
    Teresa-Daughter of the late Nancy Ann Darst Fuller