Darrell Leslie Bird was born in Santa Monica, CA July 2, 1950 to Ralph Darwin Bird and Olive Erma Hickman Bird. The youngest of five children, he grew up in Mar Vista, CA, and graduated from Venice High School in 1968. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil from 1970-1972. He married Shannon Taylor in 1973. They had four wonderful children and later divorced in 1990.
Darrell attended American River College, Sacramento State College, Brigham Young University, and later graduated from Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, IA, Summa Cum Laude (1980). He and his family returned to Sacramento where he set up his first practice in Orangevale, CA. After several years in that location he moved his practice to Fair Oaks, CA where he spent many years. Darrell was practicing in Sacramento until his passing on July 9, 2020. He will always be lovingly remembered by his many patients and staff for his service and kindness.
Darrell loved Yosemite National Park and visited as often as possible. He took his young family camping there for a week every summer for many years. The four-hour road trip was always accompanied by the entire family singing along in harmony to The Kingston Trio, The Brothers Four, and The Beach Boys. Even after his children were all grown, they continued to camp in Yosemite frequently (and to sing along to the Kingston Trio!).
Tito’s Tacos in Santa Monica, CA was one of Darrell’s favorite things in life. He would stop there whenever he was back in the Los Angeles area and order lunch, then pack his cooler with some Tito’s to take home and reheat for days! He was even known to plan a trip to Los Angeles JUST so he could have some Tito’s Tacos.
As a long-time resident of the Sacramento area, Darrell loved his local sports team, the Sacramento Kings. He could often be found cheering in the stands. He was also a fan of the San Francisco 49ers and the San Francisco Giants and would travel to the Bay Area to attend games whenever he could.
For years after serving a church mission in Brazil, Darrell dreamed of returning to that country he fell in love with. He was finally able to realize that dream when he traveled to Brazil with dear friend Joan Cruise in 2007, visiting the Sao Paulo area where he lived as a missionary, as well as Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls.
Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Erma Bird, and his brother, Christopher Stephen Bird. He is survived by his four children: Joseph Darrell Bird (Angie), and their four children Austin, Alex, Ava and Andrew, Layton, UT; Andrew David Bird, Sacramento, CA; Wendy Melinda Bird, Kent, WA; Taylor Ralph Bird (Lindsay), and their two children Emmalily and Landyn, Antelope, CA. He is also survived by his siblings: R. Gilbert Bird (Shannon), Washington City, UT; Gloria Anderson (Joey), Farmington, UT; Maureen Moore (Jim), Westminster, CO. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Marilyn Jex Bird, Idaho Falls, ID; and numerous beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
An open-house-style celebration of life will be held in Darrell's honor Saturday, July 18th from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at 3715 Lynwood Way, Sacramento 95864. FACE MASKS REQUIRED. A very short program will be offered at 11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 12:30 p.m.
A secondary graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 25th at 11:00 a.m. at Wasatch Lawn in Salt Lake City, Utah.
PRICE FUNERAL CHAPEL (6335 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights, CA 95610; 916-725-2109), directors.
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