Darin Andrew Rome
One of Pagosa Springs favorite sons passed away on Sunday. A journeyman lineman for LPEA by day and a professional musician by night, it seems that almost everyone in town knew him, and all who knew him loved him.
Darin graduated from Pagosa Springs High School in 1983. He spent a large portion of his early years riding horses and packing in the mountains with his dad, Garold Rome. He loved to sing and play for his mother, Deanna Rome, at local venues. When he started singing George Jones, the dance floor would fill and a warm proud smile could be seen on his mother’s and wife’s faces.
Darin was blessed in life to be married to his best friend, Laura Rome, for almost 25 years. They had the type of relationship that is inspirational to many and attained by only a lucky few. Darin and Laura have one son, 23-year-old Damian, who is his father’s pride and joy. Damian is and will be a worthy legacy to his father’s wonderful lasting memory.
As a member of many different successful bands, he thrilled audiences across the country with his powerful steady rhythms on the drums and his warm baritone vocals. From Sydney Australia to New York City, dancers would pack the dance floor when he started to play. Even with his busy professional schedule, he always found time to volunteer his talents to charity. Whether it was to raise money for a friend’s medical expenses or to feed rescued horses, Darin was there with energy, a smile, and a great sense of humor.
Darin was well known for his giving. As a member of IBEW local 111 electricians union, he donated part of his salary to United Way. He helped gather food for local food banks and deliver meals to the elderly and needy. He and his wife, Laura, opened their home to visiting students from all over the world. A warm bed, a home-cooked meal, and the funniest conversation imaginable could always be found at the Rome home.
A memorial service will be held at the Ross Aragon Community Center Saturday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. with a party to celebrate Darin’s life following the service. Bring your favorite story about Darin to share.
Also,there will be a potluck after the memorial service, since that was Darin’s favorite thing to do — be the “cook” for any function we ever went to. Please bring a dish to share, or a canned or boxed item for the local food banks.
In lieu of flowers, there has been a memorial fund set up at Rio Grande Savings. The fund name is the “Darin Rome Memorial Fund” and monies from this fund will help local music students to further their musical educations.