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Darwin A. "Doc" Danks

December 3rd, 2023

Darwin A Doc DanksDarwin 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.


#13 Steve Long 2024-02-08 14:51
73 Doc and thanks for the many contacts. All the very best to your family. You may be a silent key, but much of your legacy and remberances will fondly stay with those who know and live you.
Steve KB2DAJ
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#12 Christina Verratti 2023-12-11 22:24
Torrie and Family,
My heart goes out to you for the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. I am keeping you in my thoughts and praying for your peace and comfort.
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#11 Hope Culbertson 2023-12-06 19:42
God I hate reading and seeing this. It makes it all that more real. My heart is so broken and I feel lost without you!! I love you more then any words could say!!!
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#10 Ann Hayes 2023-12-06 07:36
Torrie and families, so very sorry to hear of Docs passing, he was one of a kind and always quick witted! You always knew if he was around, his cologne preceded him and lingered when he was gone, always smelled so good! May thoughts and memories sustain you all ❤️. Beautiful picture of Doc !
Ann Fitzgibbons-Hay es
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#9 Renee Kolb 2023-12-06 07:29
Torrie and family I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all. God bless.
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#8 Vivian Burdick 2023-12-05 22:56
Torri, My sincere condolences are sent to you and your family on the loss of your husband. You were blessed spending 44 years with him. May happy memories of "Doc" bring you comfort at this sad time. Wishing you peace. Vivian Burdick
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#7 Dalys Montanye 2023-12-05 22:05
Torrie and family, I’m very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, father and grandfather
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#6 Ricky Doherty 2023-12-05 21:33
I worked with doc at the NYAB used to talk about health problems. The problems didn't affect his longevity. A life well Lived. RIP
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#5 Tammy Sexton 2023-12-05 21:29
Hope and family,
I am sending my deepest condolences. I didn't know your dad but I feel like I did. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family at this time .
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#4 Susan Stokes 2023-12-05 20:10
My condolences to the Danks/Culbertso n family on the passing of your loved one.
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