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Darrell Franklin Swarens, 72, of Terre Haute, passed peacefully in his home Jan. 3, 2018.
Visitation will be held at Lawson-Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave., Brazil, from 4 through 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. Arrangements by French, Lawson-Miller and Schoppenhorst Funeral Homes.
Darrell was born in Montana to Arthur and Mae (Jones) Swarens on Oct. 16, 1945. Darrell attended Indiana State University, earning his master's degree in Elementary and Special Education. He shared a marriage and life long friendship with Anita Coleman, together they adopted their son Jason Charles Swarens.
Darrell worked as professor for Indiana State University for almost 40 years. One of his proudest accomplishments as a young man was his service in the Peace Corps. Darrell spent some time as the president of AIME, a member of ISTA, ACLU, as well as various local historical societies.
Darrell had many passions; however, none comparable for his love of singing. He has been a member of the Terre Haute Choral Society, and Indiana State Masterworks. He also enjoyed some time singing with the local choir at Centenary Methodist Church. Sacred Harp and shape note singing became a big part of Darrell's life after ISU. His voice will be missed by many.
Darrell was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Swarens; his mother, Mae (Jones) Swarens; and his brother, Vernon Swarens.
He is survived by his devoted son, Jason Swarens; and his grandson, Jason Richard Swarens; ex-wife, Anita Coleman; and ex-colleague and long time friend, Sondra Crawford.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Terre Haute Children's Choir.
The family of Darrell Swarens wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Wayne and Mary Jones, Steve and Amy Anderson, Heather Diehl and all of our loving family and friends.
Published on January 9, 2018
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