Daryl Rohloff, long-time resident of Orcas Island, was born in Woodbine, Kansas on March 2, 1929 to Otto and Luella Rohloff. Following a long illness, Daryl died on Aug. 18, 2014 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease at age 85, leaving behind many friends and loving family. Daryl was preceded in death by his parents, brother Meryl and first wife Phyllis.
Daryl grew up in Herington, Kansas and graduated from high school in Herington in 1946. Daryl moved to California and in 1955 joined the Los Angeles Fire Department where he served for more than 20 years. In 1971 he was awarded The Los Angeles Fire Department’s high honor, The Medal of Valor, for “Courage under Conditions of Grave Personal Danger and Peril”. In 1970, Daryl met and married Gloria Thomas. Following Daryl’s retirement in 1975, they moved to Orcas Island and settled in for many good years. They built their home in the Spring Point area above Deer Harbor.
Daryl became very active in island life. He was active in the Spring Point Home Owners Association, an avid golfer and fisherman, volunteer fireman and president of The Lions Club.
Daryl and Gloria left Orcas in 1993 and moved to Ferndale, Wash. where they lived until 2012 when, for reasons of health, they moved to Seal Beach, Calif. Daryl lived a long, happy, well-lived and productive life and will be long-remembered by friends and family who knew and loved him.
Daryl is survived by his wife Gloria, children Linda, Daralyn, Paul, Sherry and Larry, sister Glenda and brother-in-law Don, sister-in-law Pat and her husband Jim of Orcas Island.