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Life Story / Obituary
So much could be said about a person like Darian Vaughn who had an immense pleasure of always looking on the bright side of life. He lived his life with great joy found in the simple moments; from spending time with his friends to camping out at Hoffmaster State Park with his family. Darian’s life modeled accepting all people with compassion. He leaves behind a rich collection of special memories that will be cherished by all who knew and loved him.
The year 1996 brought about many technological changes. The world of home movie viewing grew with the start of DVDs, the number of internet users expanded to more than ten million, and the Nintendo 64 gaming console was released in June. Darian Dean-Anthony was born on March 16th to Sally Vaughn and Jaquel Wilson in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Born with six fingers on each hand, his uniqueness was seen right from the start!
Growing up in the Northview area, Darian’s easy-going nature drew him to make connections with a wide variety of people in his neighborhood. He was innately born with a love of all people and enjoyed engaging others in conversation. If he wandered away from the house for any length of time, you could bet he was visiting with someone over a fence or on their front porch! A happy kid, Darian made friends easily and met his first best friend, Billy during these early developing years. Billy became like a brother to Darian. They shared many memorable times together from listening to their favorite heavy metal bands, skateboarding, hosting Halloween parties, as well as sharing their fair share of mischief. Darian also became a strong role model to his younger brother, Peyton who was like his sidekick whenever the two of them were together.
For many summers, Darian enjoyed attending the Lincoln Lake Baptist Youth Camp where he made many friends and learned the fundamentals of enjoying the great outdoors. By the time he was an early adolescent, he had landed in Rockford where he attended middle and high school. He was the type of kid who invited others to the lunch table and never shied away from striking up a conversation. He charmed them with his infectious sense of humor and delighted in getting anyone he crossed paths with to laugh. Nothing brought him greater joy than to make others happy. A natural athlete, Darian enjoyed playing fullback on the football team as well as lacrosse. In the winter months, he’d head to the slopes at Cannonsburg Ski Area whenever he had the itch for fresh powder. Darian cherished any time he was camping or taking trips over the years. A beach lover, he enjoyed spending time in Lake Michigan as well as the Gulf of Mexico any time they were visiting Clearwater, Florida.
Well-liked by his classmates, Darian spent much of his downtime rollerblading and playing disc golf at Riverside Park with friends. He also savored his relationship with his girlfriend, Mariah, who was a positive influence during these years. Even her family treated Darian like he was one of their own. People were naturally drawn to his infectious laughter. Cracking jokes and keeping any situation light-hearted, he was a pleasure to be around. Darian enjoyed discussing important topics yet was never one to tolerate drama. There simply wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for a friend or a family member in need.
After high school, he worked a wide variety of jobs, but found his niche with the Fluresh Company His co-workers loved Darian too. There was always a funny story or a moment of laughter shared together. Darian had the gift of making others feel welcome in his presence and connect various groups of people together. His unconditional positive regard for others as well as his gentle and kind-hearted nature will be greatly missed by his many special friends and loved ones. May they always feel Darian’s gentle spirit and find comfort whenever they are gathered around a campfire or soaking up the sunshine at the shoreline of a beach. May his warm memories burn brightly in their hearts forever.
Darian Dean-Anthony Vaughn, age 24, of Comstock Park, passed away June 5, 2020. He is survived by his mother, Sally Crysler; brothers, Peyton, Kahayn and Max; sisters, Jalycia, Tiana, Talia; grandparents, Richard and Sandy Vaughn; aunts and uncles, Sara & Rick Houston, Joel & Michelle Vaughn; cousins, Weston, Evan, Elaina, Henry and Clara; the “dads” he had in his life, Steve Crysler, Reco McWilliams, and Jacquel Wilson; as well as numerous friends whom he considered family as well. (You all know who you are!) A service to remember and celebrate Darian’s life will be held on Friday, June 12 at 3 PM at the Pavilion of North Park Church, 950 4 Mile Road NE where friends are invited to visit with his family for a time immediately following the service. Flowers may be sent to Heritage Life Story Funeral Home, 1833 Plainfield Avenue by Friday at 11 AM. To share a memory or to sign his guestbook, visit www.heritagelifestory.com