Darrin Lenfestey

1979 ~ 2022 (age 42)


Darrin J. Lenfestey

Nov. 2, 1979 – July 8, 2022

Darrin J. Lenfestey, 42, of Marion, passed away early Friday morning in the emergency room of Marion Health, of natural causes.

Born in Marion, he was the son of Earl A. and Nancy J. (Tatman) Lenfestey II and resided in this area his entire life.  Darrin loved being outdoors, which enabled to him to provide woodcutting delivery services. He excelled in his cooking skills, which was known to all that knew him.  He enjoyed rock-hounding, as he and Valerie had that special place near Matthews, they searched.  He had even accumulated arrowheads in his rock-hounding ventures.

Most especially, Darrin loved music.  He loved all kinds and played guitar on a daily basis.  The country or blues music he played let you know his mood-for-the-day.

He leaves behind his fiancée,  Valerie Shoemaker and her son, Zach Hughes, that Darrin viewed as his own; three sons: Jason Martin, Avery Thornburg and Tyler Lenfestey.  His mother, Nancy Lenfestey (Jerry Robbins) of Hartford City; sister: Lisa J. Shanayda; and his four-legged children missing him: dog, Lalo and cat, River.  Additionally, several nieces, nephews and cousins survive.

His father precedes him in death on May 9, 1989. His grandparents:  Earl A. and Martha (Teske) Lenfestey I and Bill L. and Phoebe (Hudson) Tatman. Five brothers:  Royce A., Jeral D., Pete J., Cort C. and Earl Avery Lenfestey III (in infancy); one sister, Wrenay K. Setser have all preceded him in death.

Services are at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, July 14th in the Waters Funeral Home 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City.  Burial immediately follows at Grant Memorial Park, Marion.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 13th from 4 – 8 P.M. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to


To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Darrin Lenfestey, please visit our floral store.

Memorial Tree
A Memorial Tree was planted for Darrin

We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Waters Funeral Home

Join in honoring their life - plant a memorial tree


July 13, 2022

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Waters Funeral Home
501 W Washington St.
Hartford City, IN 47348

Funeral Service
July 14, 2022

10:00 AM
Waters Funeral Home
501 W Washington St.
Hartford City, IN 47348

© 2022 Waters Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Accessibility