Darrell Gerard Dufresne Jr., longtime Winthrop resident, passed away on Nov. 7, 2018. He was 90 years old.
He was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, on April 9, 1928, to Darrell and Eva Dufresne. He grew up in Haverhill with his brother Felix and sister Celeste.
In 1945 at age 17 he joined the U.S. Army and served in the Pacific Theater, where he was wounded. After recovering in a hospital in Seattle, he moved to the Methow in search of gold and that’s where he met his first love, Leone (Peggy) LaRue.
He and Peggy raised three boys in Winthrop, Larry, Garry and Duffy. He was the Winthrop postmaster from the early 1960s until the late 1980s. During his tenure as postmaster he was very active in the community as a member of Kiwanis, a volunteer with the fire department, Scout Master, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Winthrop Auditorium Association.
Peggy passed away in 1996. Shortly thereafter he found his second love, Evonne Hoag.
He and Evonne lived in Winthrop until they got tired of the snow and moved to Ocean Shores, Washington. They lived in Ocean Shores for a while then decided to sell their house and buy an RV. They traveled south in the winter until becoming campground hosts at Early Winters. They finally bought a house and settled in Carlton, Washington.
He loved the Methow Valley and he loved to dance. He was known to always have a smile on his face and a good story to tell.
He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
At his request there will be no memorial service.