- 42 years old
- Date of birth: Apr 24, 1971
- Date of passing: Jan 13, 2014
|Let the memory of Darick be with us forever|
I went to Darick's Facebook page today to ask him, his advice about a script I am writing and sadly came across this. Our husbands meet 2 years ago when my husband responded to a water leak at your house. Darick was so kind and nice to him they got to chatting about water repairs, life and me. At the time I was a struggling makeup artist and Darick so kindly afford his name and number to me. I sent him message called him once about 2years ago we never got to talk. Today as I read over some material of mine his name popped in my head......only to find he was gone. So I am moved to write this to you and all who loved him. I am so sorry for your loss! It is clear to me after reading all the tributes that heaven has received a very wonderful, talented, thought provoking man that I am sad I never got to meet. I am grateful to the inspiring posts that he left behind. Darick has touched my life through his words.
"My heartfelt prayers to his entire family. I knew Darick in High school he was very polite, funny, outgoing, go-getter & from reading his biography he accomplished. Praying that God wraps his comforting arms around you all. Jacquelyn"
"Thank you! and blessings to you all who loved Darick Deon Parrish, the beautiful child I was given the blessed opportunity to be the vessel in which he came to us. I know he Is grateful for the loving support you share with one another and the light you allow to sine through of his memory. He Was and therefore Is With us, In us, and will forever be Part of us as we remember him and keep his light shining. The kindness he offered through his big hearted humor, sincere love that offered support, strength, devotion and protection and above all happiness to all he loved has changed us and he became us. Though he had no descendants of his own physical self he planted a seed of love and life lessons in each of us that I’m certain we will pass on to those we touch with his gifts.
Remember to Always Remember Darick Deon Parrish, my Beautiful Sun."
""When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure"
Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about Darick's demise. We are here to support you as you begin your journey without him. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time, Anitha, Ravi, Ani & Arvind."
"My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. Time heals but you never forget"
With Deepest Sympathy for this loss of Darick. Though there are no words to ease your sorrow hopefully the many people you have around with help ease some of your pain. Focus has given you a warm group of families that love you. We hold you close in our heart during this terrible loss. Love to you, Kelly,Michael & Kendal Schwabrow"
"We are so sorry for your loss Monie & family. When I think of Darick, I always remember the endless hours he put together or fixed trinkets given to the FOCUS dancers at the end of year FOCUS awards ceremony. He was always determined for perfection and he wanted every trinket to be special and perfect. I also remember how deeply he and Monie loved each other. They both always had a sparkle in their eyes when they were together. He will be missed although his memory will live forever in the trinkets he made each FOCUS dancer.❤️"
"How do you begin to describe a life in just a few moments…
The story begins in Columbus Georgia where he was born to Mary and Jerry Parrish, on April 24th 1971. He spent his childhood years growing up in Michigan along with his brother Vance.
Darick was a creative, mischievous, and funny child.
He always enjoyed and showed an appreciation for story telling. Vance and Darick would spend many nights creating stories with their stuffed animals. Darick always controlled DooDoo – a snoopy dog (think of Linus). Vance and Darick created a saga of stories for DooDoo, Tuffy, Speedy, Scrappy and others and their ongoing adventures.
Next Darick moved into his cool years filled with break dancing, the latest trends in fashion and impeccable hair. It was the 80s…what else can I say. Although at times he was shy, he used his lightning quick wit to break the ice, instantly winning hearts and creating lifelong friends.
After high school, while on a cruise with his dear friend and mentor Tom Baty, Darick met the love of his life. He went home and told stories of the girl he would marry. Monie, by the way, also returned home to Orange County and also told stories of a dreamy guy she’d met and knew was her soul mate. Darick soon headed west with two cheesy, hand-me-down suits from Vance and jars of spare change for gas, from his family, to begin his new relationship with Monie and break into acting.
He began his adventures in TV land as a production assistant, riding a bicycle through the Warner Bros lot delivering mail. With his eagerness and willingness to learn anything and everything, he evolved quickly into a valuable resource in the television industry. He found himself completely at home in the quirky, absurd world of MadTV. He had a dry sense of humor and a quick sharp wit.
Darick was devoted to Focus Dance Center. He and Monie worked as a team to create an environment that was safe and filled with creativity, love and passion for dance. A place where someone from 1 to 99 could come to enjoy the art of dance. His great joy at Focus was creating signature pieces for the annual concert series. During one of these concerts, he even brought a live vulture to the stage. His creativity was indeed boundless.
Darick had an inherent wisdom – many said he was wise beyond his years. His ability to connect to others’ needs and embrace them as his own made people around him feel loved and cherished. He gave to people selflessly, without reserve.
Darick had a thirst for knowledge and took it upon himself to constantly increase his knowledge. He wanted to know everything about everything – why is it…how does it…what is it…with this limitless desire for knowledge, his growth was constant!
Sometimes Darick seemed too much of Darick for his own good!
Someone very dear once said – when Darick hugged you, you stayed hugged."
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