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 www.davisfuneralhomenh.com. 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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