Owner, Funeral Director, Crematory Operator
Lee Darlington is the founder, owner and the heart
and soul of Darlington Cremation and Burial Service. He diligently ensures the
personalized care, attention to detail, and profound respect that are the
foundations of Darlington are fulfilled with every family member. Lee with the
help of his beautiful wife Amber, and close-knit staff, have created a
no-pressure, affordable, fully inclusive environment and packages. Amber and Lee have spent endless hours tailoring
their beloved funeral home to create a completely customizable space to honor
your loved one.
Lee was born in Dover, New Jersey and moved around
the country with his family due to his father’s engineering career for the
Kaiser Corporation and his mother’s nursing career. Lee Darlington enjoyed a
childhood full of adventure following his parent’s careers and his own career
path and has lived all over the United States; from New Jersey, Washington,
California, West Virginia, Utah, Idaho, Kentucky, Texas, Washington DC,
Montana, and as far as New Zealand. Through these travels he immersed himself
in varying cultures, religions and traditions, shaping him into the intuitive
funeral director that he is today.
Lee graduated from Goldendale High School in
Goldendale, Washington. He attended university at BYU-Idaho, Utah Valley State
College, The Armed Forces Academy of Health Sciences, Purdue University, and
San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. He served in the US Army as a 91D
Surgical Technologist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Early
on, he humbly carried out his mission for the church in New Zealand. He worked
in healthcare as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST), Certified Registered
Central Services Technologist (CRCST), and Materials Management. Lee has served
as a funeral director, embalmer, crematory operator, and manager and
trainer/mentor for over two and a half decades.
Lee and Amber are
blessed with five loving children; Jay (Gina), Janelle (Alex), Nathan, Hailee (Bryce)
and Madison (Hudson). When he isn’t meeting with families; Lee is active in his
church and various community groups such as the Evergreen and Columbia Falls Chamber of Commerce, and the American Legion Post 72. He also attends car shows in his fully restored GMC Sierra C10, and
spends precious moments traveling with family.