brilliant, witty, kindhearted Howard Darren Hall passed
away on October 29, 2017, surrounded by his loving wife,
kids and his entire family who adored him. His struggle
with depression was hidden from most of us, but it had settled
deep into his gentle soul.
It was a clear summer night with a full moon when Darren
came into the world. He was born June 21, 1978, in Provo,
UT - a birthday he would share with his baby brother 3 years
later. He was a happy, sweet, OCD little man - never making
a mess and wanting everything lined up just the way he envisioned.
There was a spirit of joy that shined through his eyes.
His quick wit made everyone laugh. His brilliant mind could
tackle anything he wanted, from teaching himself to play
guitar to riding a unicycle. He built computers and created
unique woodwork designs to beautify his home. He loved animals,
great and small, and even saved the little spiders that
crossed his path. As a teen he worked at Harts Convenience
Stores, always with a plan of what he was going to spend
his hard earned money on. Sometimes that was simply a case
of Somoas or Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies for him to snack
on while he played music on one of his many guitars.
He graduated from American Fork High School in 1996, receiving
the honor of being in the top 10% in the nation in math
and science. He served as an LDS missionary in the Rapid
City South Dakota Mission from 1997 to 1999 and graduated
with an Associates in Science from UVU in 2001. With the
influence of a favorite brother-in-law, Darren decided to
find his niche in the financial world, working at Fidelity,
Wells Fargo, and, for the last six years, at Silicon Valley
On May 18, 2002, he married the love of his life and best
friend, Amber Lynette Christensen, in the Mount Timpanogos
Temple. They loved to laugh and spend time together, even
if just sitting quietly side by side. Darren's greatest
joy came from their three amazing kids - Madison (13), Marli
(11) and Lucas (8). He loved spending time with them, from
taking them on one-on-one dates to playing games outside.
He played chess, mastered hide 'n go seek, and loved asking
and solving challenging riddles. He played endless hours
of Minecraft with his son and even let his girls paint his
toenails. They all looked forward to having family fun night
once a week. He was an entertaining and exceptionally loving
husband and dad.
Darren is survived by his wife, Amber Lynette Christensen
Hall, his children Madison, Marli and Lucas; his parents,
H Dean and Georgia G Hall; his siblings Lorelie (Noel) Cajigas,
Travis (Susan) Hall, Ryan (Jodi) Hall and Tim (Lexi) Hall;
his mother-in-law Karen Christensen; his sisters-in-law
Allie (Jared) Forsyth, Amanda (Christopher) Farley, Becky
(Wade) Spendlove, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Darren was also a generous organ donor. He's already saved
two lives because of the donation of his kidneys.
Darren was loved deeply by all of us. We will forever miss
his "Darrenisms", his bright grey-blue eyes, his
beautiful smile, and his tender, joyful spirit that uplifted
the lives of all who knew him. Thank you, Darren, for the
shining impact you have left on our lives. You were one
of a kind.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday,
November 4, 2017 at the American Fork 26th LDS Ward Chapel,
975 North 60 East, American Fork, Utah. Family and friends
may call from 9:30 to 11:30 am at the church prior to services.
Interment will be at the American Fork City Cemetery.