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Lloyd Darden Succumbs to Alzheimer’s at 87

Lloyd Darden, former resident of San Clemente, has died of Alzheimer’s at 87. Lloyd was married to his college sweetheart, Dotty Darden, for 50 years until her death in 2004. He married Kay Ketcham Darden in 2011, and she survives him. Lloyd and Dotty had two daughters, Ivy Darden and Julia Darden-Lentz. Lloyd marched for his daughters’ right to marry, and later, proudly attended their respective marriages to Linda Arredondo and Cathy Darden-Lentz. Lloyd was a naval aviator, attaining the rank of Lt. Commander. He used his Spanish language skills working in Latin America simultaneously for John Deere and the CIA. Lloyd also worked as a reporter, an advertising executive, and a trade association executive. At NASA’s request, he wrote a book for laymen on satellites; he founded and published a magazine for the plastics industry; and he wrote freelance throughout his life, well into his seventies. He served his community by traveling to Sri Lanka with Habitat for Humanity, traveling to Louisiana to play Santa for Hurricane Katrina’s child victims, and working as a volunteer parole officer. Services for Lloyd will take place at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 202 Avenida Aragon, San Clemente, November 10, 2018 at 1 PM.

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