I went to the funeral today of a great man, my friend and a man who served the Colorado State Patrol for 36 years… and retired in 1990 as a Major, Darrell E. Penner.
Darrell, aged 80, stayed very active after his retirement too, becoming involved in the founding of numerous organizations including the Retired Peace Officers of Colorado, Inc. and the Colorado State Patrol Alumni Association. Darrell was a big believer in the power of legacy and has proven it’s effectiveness with is own life and death.
As they always do the funeral made me think about life and what legacy I will leave behind. One thing Darrell did that I admire was to write out his thoughts and memories about his 36 year career and all the people that he worked with and met along the way. Many of those memories were quoted during his eulogy and the remarks of those who remembered him best.
What are you doing to document your life and career? Darrell was a collector of memorabilia, pictures, news clippings etc. Those are the things that helped him remember his career and the things that others used to remember him. Maybe we can all learn from Darrell and do a better job of documenting our lives to help us and others remember the way things really were.
Darrell Penner Born August 4, 1929 in Omaha, Nebraska. He passed away August 24, 2009 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. He is survived by his wife Ivonne; children Mark (Lori), and Marla; grandchildren Daniel and Jennifer Penner; great granddaughter Steph.
Memorial contributions may be made to CSPAA Family Foundation P.O. Box 150307 Lakewood, CO 80215.