Born in Chico, California on February 17, 1996, Darin Kyle Banks began his journey through life. Darin was the son of the late Claude Banks and Kimberly Banwarth. Darin was a brother, uncle, nephew, grandson, great-grandson, son, and his favorite thing to be, a dad to his son, Darin Kyle Banks II. He referred to him as his true blessing and always instilled the values of being a gentleman and scholar.
Darin’s love for the outdoors and passion to help people led him into his career choice of becoming a wildland firefighter. Many long days and nights of hard work was very rewarding to him, knowing he was helping people. Darin had a contagious smile, positive attitude, funny sense of humor, and would light up any room he entered. He was a deep thinker and had an old soul. Darin loved his family and showed his love every time he could. He never judged people. It didn’t matter who you were or where you came from, he would give you his last or just be that person who never left your side in your time of need.
Darin enjoyed camping, fishing, hiking, snowboarding, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. He never turned down a good barbeque or a taco. Darin enjoyed music and would sing his heart out whether he could sing or not. He loved adventure, always looking for a heart-racing thrill. Skydiving was next on his bucket list.
Darin just made his one-year anniversary, on May 4, 2022; he was so proud. In fact, he told his mom, I’m so proud of myself I could just cry. He finally found a job with a purpose and could give back by making a difference. Darin tragically died after being struck by a dead tree that unexpectedly fell while assigned to a Type II Initial Attack Hand Crew, preparing an area for a prescribed burn in Tuolumne County on May 6, 2022.
Darin departed this earth doing something he loved, which brings his family and friends great comfort. We will miss him dearly, as life will never be the same without him. We will keep his memory alive and vibrant and never forget the special place he will forever hold in our hearts.