December 15, 2009
Darlene Haugen-Marron died Dec. 3, 2009, in Bothell. She was 76.She was born March 21, 1933, in Salmon, Idaho, but was a long-time resident of the Puget Sound region, particularly the Issaquah area.
Darlene was preceded in death by her husbands Larry Murphy, of Seattle, and Jan Haugen, of Bergen, Norway.
She is survived by her children David Murphy, Victor Murphy, Deborah Boden and Valerie Riehl-Dolley; four grandsons; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She graduated from Holy Angels High School, in Seattle, in 1950. Darlene earned two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Washington, majoring in education and child psychology, and earned a master’s degree in special education from Central Washington University. She also attended Seattle University and Brigham Young University-Idaho (Ricks College).
Darlene was a school teacher in the Idaho Falls, Idaho School District (all grade levels) in the 1960s, and a special-education teacher in the Federal Way School District in the 1970s, where she specialized in teaching children with autism.
Darlene was a member of the Elected Women of Washington, serving three full terms as school board administrator and president in the Issaquah School District from the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s before retiring from public service.
She was a strong advocate for children and the elderly. Darlene had a passion for the cultural arts and the return of Christian values in our society. The true passion of her life was children in the spirit of the master teacher: “Bring the little children unto me.”
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org.