Darren was born on June 9, 1965 to Reginald and Elsie Spires of Troy, Missouri. The baby of the family, Darren was adored by his sister, Regina and brothers, Dale, Richard and Dennis. He attended Hannibal-LaGrange college for 2 years and then found his niche in advertising for the Troy Free Press, Lincoln County Journal and then the St. Louis Post Dispatch. During his time at the St. Louis Post Dispatch, he won a trip to Rome, Italy for top sales. In addition to all his other talents, he loved to fly so he took instruction and earned both his private and commercial license.
Darren met his wife, Michelle, in 1987 and they wed in 1989 beginning a 30-year marriage. In 1994 they welcomed Austin into the family and Darren launched his real estate company, Patriot One. Courtney joined the family in 1997 and four years later, Morgan came along. His family was everything to him and being a dad came naturally to him. He was a boy scout leader, a baseball and softball coach, and a fan for his children in all hobbies and passions - volleyball, basketball, soccer, swimming, softball, dance, guitar lessons, music and so many other endeavors. He was always the biggest cheerleader, encouraging, and supporting the children to shoot for the stars, to work hard and be good people. Anyone who knew Darren knew how proud and loving he was towards his family and never failed to talk about them any chance he had.
In his own right, he was a great baseball player, enjoyed co-ed softball, volleyball and an adventure race or two. In high school, he was an active member in school activities, including drama and debate team. He had a love for animals, the outdoors, travel and any opportunity he had to spend time with his family and friends. Darren put a smile on everyone’s face with his positive attitude, amazing sense of humor, and genuine nature. He knew no stranger and was always outgoing; truly the life of every gathering. He had countless friends and was always eager to help others. He will be missed greatly.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Elsie and Reginald Spires, his brother, Richard Spires and father-in-law, Russ Kourik. He is survived by his wife, Michelle Spires, son, Austin Spires, daughters, Courtney and Morgan Spires; siblings Regina (Michael) Creech, Dale (Janice) Spires, Dennis (Ellen) Spires; sister-in-law Cindy (Phil) Brewer, mother-in-law, Jane Kourik and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration mass will be announced at a later date.