December 3rd, 2023
Darwin A. "Doc" Danks, 90, of Watertown passed away Sunday, December 3rd, 2023 at 1:18pm, under the care of his loving family and Hospice of Jefferson County, at his daughter Hope's home in the town of LeRay.
Darwin was born in Watertown, NY March 18th, 1933, the son of Charles H. and Ethel M. (LaLone) Danks. He was a graduate of Adams Center High School. He also graduated from the University of NYS, majoring in Radio, TV, and Mass Media. He then went on to obtain his 1st Class Radio and TV License in Fredericksburg, VA. He attended several other electronics schools also.
On February 18th, 1953, he was drafted into the US Army. He was sent to Korea during the Korean War, where he was a medic. This was where he earned the nickname “Doc”, that he carried till the day he passed away. Doc received the Korean Service, United Nations Service, Good Conduct and National Defense Service Medals. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant on March 17th, 1955.
A marriage to Rose Moffett ended in divorce. On June 14th, 1979, he married the love of his life Torrie J. Maltby, in LaFargeville.
He was a Radio and Television Engineer for WNPE-WNPI Public TV, Watertown. He was also a Senior Electronics Technician at the New York Airbrake for ten years. Doc also did radio repair for the NY National Guard and was the highest you can go in amateur radio, an Amateur Extra.
He was a member of American Legion Post 61, serving as Vice Commander among other various positions during his 21 years on the Legion Board. Doc was a member of VFW Post 1400, the Disabled American Veterans, and Elks Lodge 496 and was a life member of the Korean War Veterans Association. He was a Captain of the Civil Air Patrol and piloted missions for the Air Force in the 1970's. He enjoyed being a pilot, monkeying around with electronics, working with his hands, contacting people over the Ham Radio airwaves, hunting, fishing, reloading, and shooting. He also enjoyed photography, cake decorating, and had a strong love for his pets. He will be remembered for his amazing signature scents from his lavish cologne collection that lingered and filled the room, his amazing personality, sharp wit, funny, don’t give a “crap” attitude, his strong will, never give up, fighting spirit and his deep love for his friends, family & pets.
Darwin is survived by his wife of 44 years, Torrie, his two daughters and sons-in-law, Hope L. & Carl J. “Corky” Culbertson II, Watertown and Ashley D. & Christopher M. O’Hara, Utica. He had seven grandchildren, Erica and her husband Clayton Forbes, Noah Culbertson and his wife Abbigayle, Todd, Autumn & Marissa Culbertson and Keagan & Aryanna O’Hara. He is also survived by three great grandchildren, Lily & Leo Forbes and Brooks Culbertson, several nieces, nephews, cousins and an outpouring of friends. Darwin was predeceased in death by his parents, his daughter Lynn A. Wills; his siblings, Beulah & her husband Donald Paige; Charles Harry Danks, twins Bernice and Bernard Danks, Julia & her husband Paul Smith, Charles Leslie Danks and Walter and his wife Barbara Danks.
Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.