February 28, 1939 - July 11, 2018
Darrell Wayne Frenzel passed away on July 11, 2018, in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Darrell was born on February 28, 1939, in Holdrege, to Wilber J. Frenzel and Dorothy Hungerford Frenzel. He was the second son of a career Red Cross field director and spent his early years in Denver, Colo., while his father was in Europe during WWII, and then in Lawton, Okla., Enid, Okla., and Amarillo, Texas. He attended Norfolk High School in Norfolk for three years, where he became an eagle scout, and then moved for his senior year and graduated from Lincoln High School in Lincoln.
Darrell was always, at heart, a small town, Midwestern boy. He grew up playing sports, fishing and hunting, and camping and hiking with the Boy Scouts. Later in life, he remained an active outdoorsman, fished in most of Colorado's trout streams, and climbed six of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks.
Darrell attended the University of Nebraska, graduating with a degree in business administration. He was an avid Nebraska football fan and loved to recall the rise of the Husker football program, under Coaches Bob Devaney and Tom Osborn, and the Nebraska National Championship teams.
Darrell had an affinity for work requiring concentration and detail. While in college, he worked part-time in the systems department of the Woodman Accident and Life Company (now Assurity Life), programming and analyzing data using early Univac and IBM computers. This led to a life-long career as a systems analyst. His career spanned the emergence of the programmable computer, from use primarily as an accounting and record keeping tool that used IBM cards for input and magnetic tape for storage, to what it is today.
He is survived by his wife Judy Dowd Frenzel, his children, Lisa Frenzel Moss, Kurt Frenzel, and Patty Frenzel Rivera, his grandchildren Marissa Moss, Alex Moss, Jonathon Frenzel, Jakob Frenzel, Jenna Frenzel, Anthony Rivera, Alayna Rivera, Aaryn Rivera, and his brothers Gary Frenzel and Brian Frenzel.
Darrell's ashes will be spread along his beloved Cache la Poudre River, where he learned to trout fish with his father and older brother while visiting his grandparents in Fort Collins, Colo. A memorial will be placed at the Granview Cemetery in Fort Collins alongside the graves of his parents and his grandparents, George and Emaline Hungerford.