JC "Pat" Darden
March 17, 1938 - October 24, 2020
An unstoppable force. Pat was born in Roanoke, Virginia to Mary Elizabeth and Julius Darden, he was constantly curious and in motion. In high school he was a star student who graduated with honors and went on to study physics and mathematics at Roanoke University and later gained his BSEE at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. His post graduate studies were extensive, ranging from nuclear physics to microprogrammed computer architecture at the University of California. As computer science was gaining momentum in the United States, he became an expert in computer hardware and software development. He published and lectured extensively and held two patents.
Pat traveled all over the world and lived several years overseas working as a contractor for the United States military. While he was living in Germany, he met the love of his life, Elva Ryan, an American teacher working for the Department of Defense school system. There was a lot of competition but Pat eventually won Elva’s heart. They had a small wedding and honeymooned all over Europe. Eventually they settled in Southern California, living in Costa Mesa, and later, Thousand Oaks with their 3 children Lysa, Michael and Jim and spent many happy years there together.
Pat wasn’t one to retire, but he and Elva decided to move to Prescott, AZ. in order to live a more slow-paced life. Here he spent many an hour on his ham radio, at the golf course and having an evening glass of wine with his dear Elva. Anyone who knew Pat would tell you that he was full of fun, always had a dry, witty remark and was generous to anyone and accepting of all. Pat will be dearly missed by those who have survived him: Elva, their children Lysa, Michael and Jim, sister Beverly, grandchildren Ariella, Aislinn, Liam, Ezra, Ember, Sophia, Evangelene, Zane, Kelsey and countless other family members and friends who will always cherish their unforgettable memories of such a loving husband, father, papa and friend. Pat and Elva were married 55 years. Pat passed away peacefully at home on their anniversary.