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Darin Joseph Soward

January 27, 1998 - October 1, 2021
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Obituary

On Friday, October 1, 2021, Darin Joseph Soward, loving son and brother, passed away at the age of 23.

Darin was born on January 27, 1998 in Walnut Creek, CA to Craig and Terri Soward. He received his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Ecology and Evolution from the University of California Santa Cruz.

He pursued a start-up career in Pharmaceuticals, had an eagerness to learn, was a technical wizard with computers, and was recently accepted to a master’s degree program in Informatics.

Darin was an intelligent, strong, and determined young man with a promising future and a passion for snowboarding, video games, animals, and movies. He was witty, yet quiet, and deeply cared for his family and friends as well as always there to help someone. Darin was born with a cleft lip and palate that caused him insecurities over the course of his life. He fought many battles and circumvented many obstacles throughout the various phases of his life including close to a dozen invasive surgeries. Unfortunately, another battle took over for which he was not able to overcome. He had such a promising future that was taken away from him at a very young age. Our hearts will forever feel the loss and emptiness of his absence.

He is survived by his Father, Mother, Sister – Deanna, several cousins, three grandparents, several uncles and aunts. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 14th at the Sunset View Chapel in El Cerrito. Viewing at 9:30am and Service at 11:00am. Unfortunately, due to COVID seating is limited to 50 people. The burial will be at 11:45 which is open to everyone. Join us afterwards for the Celebration of Life at the Berkeley Country Club formerly known as Mira Vista Golf Course.

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Timeline for Darin Joseph Soward

Born: January 27, 1998
 
November 30, 2015
Meeting my best friend moving into the UCSC dorms
Meeting my best friend moving into the UCSC dorms
 
October 20, 2016
Freshman Year Dorm Friends
Freshman Year Dorm Friends
 
June 1, 2018
Chilling On the Beach
Chilling On the Beach
 
June 1, 2018
Chilling at the Beach
Chilling at the Beach
 
June 1, 2018
Chilling at The Beach
Chilling at The Beach
 
June 1, 2018
Chilling At The Beach
Chilling At The Beach
 
November 30, 2017
SOB RBE Concert with Darin Nicole and Cole
SOB RBE Concert with Darin Nicole and Cole
Died: October 1, 2021

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The staff of Sunset View Mortuary.

 

Megan Ososke posted on 10/14/21

There are no words for such an unimaginable loss. Our hearts ache for your family. Mark and I were stunned at the news and our hearts have been heavy this past week with thoughts of you and Darin. There have been many moments of just looking at each other with mutual sadness and hugs in support of the family. Darin was a great kid and fun to be around. He's a part of many family memories and will be missed greatly. We love you Teri, Craig and Deann and hope you can find some comfort during this process of grieving. Hugs and love, Mark, Megan, Mitchell and Mackenzie Ososke

 

Amanda Trevizo posted on 10/14/21

I’m so sorry for your loss of such a special, bright and beautiful human. He made such an impact during his days that most would hope to accomplish in a lifetime. I wish you peace and comfort knowing he is in heaven surrounded by love and will wait for us all. Sending all my love and wish I could hug you.

 

Richard and Billie Soward posted on 10/13/21

The obituary of Darin’s life and accomplishments portray a memorable picture for family and friends to carry in their hearts. For his short time on earth, his courage, perseverance, intelligence and kindness have touched all who knew him. Our condolences to his loving supportive mother, father and sister from the depth of our hearts. May his memory be eternal. Love Uncle Richard and Aunt Billie

 

Ricky DeAnda posted on 10/12/21

The obituary was well put it describes a beautiful young man which he was. Darin I wish I could have known you more and been there for you more. You and I had a lot in common. Your uncle Ricky will always have you in his heart. My most heartfelt deepest sympathies to your Mom, Dad and sister Deanna.

 

Nick posted on 10/12/21

Darin and I got very close in college. We lived in the same dorm building Freshman year, and our apartments were right next to each other junior year. There was never a dull moment with Darin. Even when we were just hanging out in his apartment, he was always able to crack me up and in general have a good time. He was so caring, and just wanted to be loved by everyone. He was taken too soon, but I’m sure wherever he is he’s making the best of the situation as he always did. RIP, we’ll all miss you

 

Nick posted on 10/12/21

Darin and I got very close in college. We lived in the same dorm building Freshman year, and our apartments were right next to each other junior year. There was never a dull moment with Darin. Even when we were just hanging out in his apartment, he was always able to crack me up and in general have a good time. He was so caring, and just wanted to be loved by everyone. He was taken too soon, but I’m sure wherever he is he’s making the best of the situation as he always did. RIP, we’ll all miss you

 

Marybell Mota posted on 10/11/21

We are so sorry for your loos of Darin. He was a beautiful person. Our family extends our deepest condolences to you and your family in this time of grief. Your son's memory will live on in the hearts of so many. You will be in our prayers. We send love love to the family. Edgar, Edgar (Jr.), Daniel, Maria, Andres, Ashley and Marybell Mota

 

Marybell Mota posted on 10/11/21

We are so sorry for your loos of Darin. He was a beautiful person. Our family extends our deepest condolences to you and your family in this time of grief. Your son's memory will live on in the hearts of so many. You will be in our prayers. We send love love to the family. Edgar, Edgar (Jr.), Daniel, Maria, Andres, Ashley and Marybell Mota

 

Marybell Mota posted on 10/11/21

We are so sorry for your loos of Darin. He was a beautiful person. Our family extends our deepest condolences to you and your family in this time of grief. Your son's memory will live on in the hearts of so many. You will be in our prayers. We send our love to the family. Edgar, Edgar (Jr.) , Daniel, Maria, Andres, Ashley and Marybell Mota.

 

Joe Penick posted on 10/11/21

So this candle thing wants a memory. How about when we were over your house and Darin and Cole were throwing rocks on your neighbor's roof! Maybe not too funny at the time, but kinda funny in retrospect.

 

Joe Penick posted on 10/11/21

Hi Sowards. I can't tell you how sad the news makes me. Darin was a great kid, and I was glad he and Cole were buddies. I respected him, and he was always more than welcome at my house. I'm so sorry for your loss, and the pain and anguish you must be feeling. You're all in my prayers.

 

John posted on 10/10/21

We have fond memories of teaching Darin during his middle school years at St. Francis of Assisi School. He a joy to have in class, and was such a kind and affable young man. We are deeply saddened to hear of his passing. We send our love to the family. Mr. Mac, Mrs.Lusiani, Mrs.Rollo, and Mr. Tickler.

 

Wendy Abele posted on 10/9/21

We are so sorry for your loss of Darwin. We are holding you all up in prayer. Please reach out if you ever want to talk or need a hug. With Love, Wendy, Jack, Matthew and Jason Abele 925-997-3815

 

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