Darryl Phillip Magnuson
March 8, 2018-December 20, 1937
Darryl Phillip Magnuson of Kingsburg died on March 8, 2018. Darryl was born to Phillip and Elizabeth Magnuson (Pearson) on December 20, 1937 in Exeter, CA. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years Karen (Gunnarson), his son Michael, daughter Suzette Stahl (Magnuson) and five grandchildren: Grant, Ellie and Spencer Magnuson; and Gabe and Matthew Stahl. He was predeceased by both parents, his sister Gloria Meinhold and brother Bill Magnuson.
When Darryl was very young, his family moved to Kingsburg. He grew up on Rose avenue on the Magnuson family farm. He graduated from Clay Elementary and Kingsburg High School. It was in high school where he met his future wife and partner Karen Gunnarson. They dated throughout high school and married on October 18, 1958. It was Karen's father and long-time Kingsburg resident John Gunnarson who offered him the tools and skills of the painting trade. John and Darryl were partners for many years and painted many homes in Kingsburg and around Fresno and the neighboring counties.
Darryl and Karen soon purchased a home of their own on 16th in Kingsburg, and in March 1961, Michael John was born. Darryl and Karen eventually purchased the Magnuson family farm, and a new era of family farming joined the painting business. He painted in the winter months when farm work was minimal, and in the spring and summer, he worked the soil to produce the best fruit he could muster. He poured his heart and soul into whatever he put his mind. Darryl was known as an honest and hardworking man who enjoyed family time and both of his trades.
In June of 1967, daughter Suzette Marie joined the family. Darryl raised his children with warmth, kindness, and love: always the gentle soul.
In the 90s, Darryl and Karen sold the family farm and moved into the town of Kingsburg where he continued his painting business until his retirement. His circle of friends was large, and his life was full.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, March 19th, at the Kingsburg Cemetery followed by a light lunch at the Kingsburg Covenant Church.