August 10, 1933 – June 19, 2016
“Darrell Howe embraced life, work, family and friends with passion, enthusiasm, humor and grace, passed away on Father’s Day,” a loved one said. He is survived by his wife Dana; children Tony, Danny, Lisa and Michele; seven grand and seven great-grandchildren.
Darrell grew up in Palm Springs, Calif., then spent four years in the U.S Air Force before moving to Los Angeles and Malibu. He worked as an actor, singer, producer and restauranteur. His peers saw him as “creative and versatile, innovative and provocative,” and he soon became a successful entrepreneur.
His consulting firm Hamilton-Howe (later Darrell Howe & Associates) included clients with annual budgets exceeding $300 million dollars. His first love was designing houses. He then discovered his talent for designing churches whose congregations would reach the “unchurched”. His flagship design with beautiful contemporary worship centers is Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, TN. “To watch his ideas take shape were comparable to watching an artist complete a painting,” a loved one said.
Darrell frequently said, “I’ve had the best life anyone could ever imagine.”