Daren McClay Shook was born on January 23, 1935 to Harold and Annie Shook in Jordan, Montana. He passed away peacefully at his home in Auburn, Washington on Monday July 31, 2017. He was 82 years old.
Daren attended school in Montana until the eighth grade. He later joined the Army and the Korean conflict in 1958. While in the Army he earned his GED, twice. He was honorably discharged in 1964.
He married Lauretta Ramey in May of 1960 and together had three boys, Fuzzy, Dean and Ross. Daren and Lauretta later divorced in 1980, but continued to be good friends.
After the Army Daren had several jobs but retired from Inco Express, trucking groceries around the country.
In his free time, Daren loved tinkering around on his cars, especially his 1945 Willys, setting up his trains, playing practical jokes on just about anyone, and telling one of his many stories.
In 2001, Daren met Phyllis Converse at the local hardware store. After their second date he asked her if it was too early to ask her to marry him. They finally got married on January 22, 2011.
Daren leaves behind his wife, Phyllis Shook of Auburn; two sons, Max (aka. Fuzzy) Shook and Dean Shook both of Sumner; Step-children, Steve (Mary) Converse of WI, Cheryl (Patrick) Brady of Spanaway, and Tracy (Chris) Prest of Orting; 2 siblings, sister, Awanda Shook and brother, Claude (Marilyn) Shook of Spokane; 12 Grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Annie Shook; brother, Melbourne Shook and his son, Ross Shook.
A celebration of Daren’s life was held on August 5th. A private interment will be held at a later date at Tahoma National Cemetery with full Veteran honors.