Matt Darne, "BigDarne" or just "Darne" to some of his friends was a presence in the lives of many people. Not the least of which were his fellow correctional officers at Augusta Correctional Facility in Virginia. I know this because my son Tom is a fellow officer and among those mourning Matt.
When you read Matt's obit and "guest book" entries, you see that many are recalling that very sense of humor that they all feel the loss of. But it's not lost, as long as you remember it.
You will think of Matt and when you do, smile and be grateful that he was in your life for a time. Because Matt was grateful for you as well. I found an online profile that read;
"Hi my name is Matt. But to the people who know me I am Darne. I am a 24 year old former Marine. I am a combat vet. I saw action in the Battle for Falluja. I was an 0341/0331. That means I was a Grunt / Ass Kicker / Ground Pounder. To some I maybe crazy and to others I maybe the coolest guy in the world, but what matters to me is what I think of myself and thats it. I like to work out alot and I do various forms of martial arts but my real love is for the outdoors... Hunting, Fishing, Camping, Hiking... theres no greater thrill in the world. For me, family and friends are the most important thing to me... I would do anything for them, ANYTHING..."