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Old 01-08-2010, 01:00 AM   #15
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So sad to hear this news! Darol was such a good person and great Airstreamer. I will especially think of him this early spring when his daffodil bulbs bloom in my yard. I do have a little pic of Darol in his easy chair at Area 33 from a couple of years ago. Wish we were home so I could post it. He will be sorely missed.
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of course darol wasn't really ANY thing like that look
I know, and he was so proud he pulled that get-up together He was a class act, all the way!
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knowing he was sort of a shy little guy, with a wry wit...

makes me laugh HARD at the image in that pic, every time it's viewed.

it is just SO funny.

of course he had an incredibly keen eye for finding old 'streams with really good structural bits...

then doing the rehabs tastefully and with care.

it would be cool to see a series of photos of the streams he did over.

his makeover of a tradewind ? is the closest i have EVER come to buying an old unit.

wishing NOW, i had purchased it.

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Old 01-08-2010, 01:27 AM   #18
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I know, I passed on that TW too, but only because I discovered I loved my little Caravel too much to let it go - and Darol had a hand in the Caravel too. Darol did a lot of really nice restorations, not one ever left his shop until it was perfect down to the tiniest detail. One day he showed me a beautiful job he had done wiring up a new umbilical and mounted a board with connectors and everything was neatly labeled where it connected to the trailer wiring, all tucked up under the floor and soon to be sealed up in the bellypan. Even HE knew no one else would crawl under there and admire that work, but someday when they needed to, it would be there. And it was done RIGHT.
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:28 AM   #19
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How about this one L&C Woogie took at Beverly Beach - I think it was the 'dress like the year of your trailer' contest
That year, as we were approaching Beverly Beach, we looked over toward the water and there in the turn off was Darol with that rig, just getting out of his car wearing that outfit. It was a perfect "vintage" shot and a great memory.
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Very sad news.

I know from email exchanges with Darol before he went off line that he was getting as much out of the Airstream people he was playing with as they were getting from him. He enjoyed the get-togethers and the staying in touch a lot.

The extended Airstream family that Darol had was testament to the quality person he was.

We were intending to have some serious vintage Pontiac tow vehicle discussions as soon as we were able to meet at an event.

You just know that anyone who got so much enjoyment out of life put up one heck of a fight with this cancer.

A picture tribute here is a wonderful idea. I hope folks can dig deep and post them.

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Dang!!! Darol's death is a big loss for the Airstream community. He had a remarkable knowledge of a trailer's "pieces" and the skills necessary to repair/remodel/replace anything that was substandard. I wish I had a photo of his workshop to share here - it was itself an accomplishment in function. His '64 Pontiac was equally impressive.
There are a number of Darol's trailers around the Pacific NW. Photos here would be a nice tribute.
Here is a photo taken at the rally mentioned above by Mike Rogers, with Darol giving his talk on restoring a vintage trailer, April 12, 2008.
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I too just got a note from Darol's parents letting me know of his passing.

I am very sad.

I will miss him and his humor, but treasure the time I got to spend with him.
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It was sad to hear that Darol lost the fight with cancer. I too am sad that he is gone. It was an honor to meet him and hang out with him on different occasions. I learned a lot from him about my Caravel. He will be missed. Rest in Peace my Friend.
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We went to the memorial for Darol yesterday. The service truly was a celebration of his life, with a room full of people, lots of funny stories, and much admiration for Darol's many talents. The minister visited with Darol just a couple of days before he passed away, and learned all about vintage Airstream restoration. He said he had never seen Darol so animated as when discussing vintage Airstreams!

Prior to his death, Darol adopted out his beloved Pontiac, and the new owners brought it to the service.
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Thanks for reporting back on it. We were unable to go, but he has been in my thoughts a lot.
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Memorial Service for Darol Ingalls

My wife Barbara and I were saddened to hear of Darol's passing in early January. We bought the 1971 Safari he restored back in January '05. We had been thinking of purchasing an older Airstream and, when exploring the airforums classifieds, we saw photos of a beautifully redone Safari. I punched in our zipcode only to find that it was located across the river in Ridgefield, Wa. We purchased it the next day from Darol. He was amazingly generous in sharing his knowledge with two newbies. We felt fortunate to have purchased our trailer from such a kind and sharing man. He will be missed.
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Old 01-31-2010, 10:19 PM   #27
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A Class Act Kind of Man...

We were unable to take to the road to attend Darol's Memorial Service yesterday, had we both been over this flu/cold/bug we would have made a quick trip. We received a thoughtful note from family members that Darol had passed ~ it seems they must have had to write a lot of those sad notes. Hard work for his family.

Mel, thank you for reporting on the services, we are so glad his life was celebrated! I hope they told at least one Sven & Ollie joke!

I have a few photos to share, from the last Area 33 rally that Darol attended. Those who were there will clearly remember the anticipation of what kind of trailer Darol would bring! All he would tell us was he was bringing a surprise! And in typical Darol fashion he drove up in his marvelous hand crafted Retro Pod and the crowd went wild!

The other pics are from his yard... he loved his home and was very proud to host company. At his home, in his workshop, everything had a place, and everything was always in its place!
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Thank you Darol

At the Vernonia Rally in July 2008 Darol attended ~ Don and I met him at his home and drove with him to the rally. At the time he was getting blood transfusions to help him stay healthy while they were testing and searching for a matching bone marrow donor. Darol became too tired to stay through the whole rally, but he brought wonderful gifts for all of his friends. He had carefully and lovingly gone through his garden of daffodil bulbs and had little bags of bulbs for everyone who wanted them.

We brought ours home and planted them along our front sidewalk area ~ the next spring they came up (see below) and I sent a picture of them to Darol, they seem like such happy flowers, rather like Darol was. Our daffodils will pop up likely within the next month, it will bring fond memories of this great guy!
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