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Darnall Burks

Darnall Burks

Tuesday, November 10th, 1936 Saturday, December 29th, 2018

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Obituary for Darnall Parker Burks

Darnall Parker Burks, 82, of Nashua, NH died December 29, 2018 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH.
He was born November 10, 1936 to Darnall and Lucia Chapman Gay Burks in Washington, D. C.
He graduated from the Loomis School in 1954. In 1958, he earned a B.A. in Physics from Wesleyan University, and in 1962, a M.S. in Physics from Williams College. In 1958, he joined Sprague Electric Company as a design engineer, serving in research, development, and management posts until 1990, when he became an engineering consultant, first in Dijon, France and then in Tokyo, Japan. Darnall returned to the U.S. in 1995 as a consultant for Mitsubishi Materials and co¬founder of the PMC Guild and Metal Clay Masters Registry. A distinguished physicist, Darnall holds several patents and authored many papers in his field.
Darnall travelled widely, read voraciously, and was a culinary adventurer. Throughout his life he enjoyed music, literature, and art, and, in recent years, took great pleasure in genealogical research and his work with Precious Metal Clay artists. He was a member and elder of the Nashua Presbyterian Church, serving the Presbytery of Northern New England in many roles. Darnall was a thoughtful friend, a devoted father, and a loving husband. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marilyn Dixon Burks; his daughter, Sarah L. Burks, of Arlington, MA; his daughter and son-in-law, Deborah G. Burks and John Wurster, of Houston, TX; and his sister and brother-in-law, Lucia and Jeffrey Horner, of Piedmont, CA.

SERVICES: A memorial service and reception will be held at 3 o'clock on Saturday, January 5 at Nashua Presbyterian Church, 1010 West Hollis St., Nashua, NH 03062. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Darnall’s memory to Nashua Presbyterian Church or Community Hospice House c/o Home Health & Hospice Care of Merrimack, NH., 7 Executive Dr., Merrimack, NH 03054. Personal remembrances may be left online at He will be interred at Town Hill Cemetery, New Hartford, CT at a later date. The Davis Funeral Home, 1 Lock St. is in charge of arrangements.

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I am very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you in this difficult time. I hope you may find comfort at Revelation 21:4, “And he (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” We can look forward to the time when God will take away all reasons for distress and he even gives us a hope of a resurrection. (Acts 24:15) I hope this promise brings you comfort as it does me.
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Dana Moffatt

I know my father worked with Darnall at Sprague and wanted to pass along his condolences to the family.

Dana Moffatt
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Rebecca Strader

Condolences, Marilyn. Darnell served the Presbytery with good humor and excellent people skills in many of our tough situations. May his memory be a blessing. -- Rebecca Strader
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jane m sargent

Marilyn, How sad to learn of Darnall's death!
Always wished that you were here (Sgtville) longer so that we could have enjoyed more time with you. Jane & Bob Sargent
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Cindy Kohlmann

The Presbytery of Northern New England offers prayers of thanksgiving for Darnall's amazing service and witness through the years, and prayers of comfort and peace for all who will miss him, especially Marilyn and his family. Darnall touched more lives than he will ever know through his humble willingness to say yes and his faithful, quiet work in often exceptionally difficult situations. Thanks be to God for the life of this child of grace!
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Patricia L. Herring

With sincere sympathy and prayers to Darnall's family and friends. I knew him from my time at Sprague. He was indeed a very nice man and, I know, will be sorely missed.
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