Darwin started 4-H as a member in Montgomery County where he showed cattle. Then he moved to Union County and later married his wife June.
Darwin has been involved in 4-H for many years and in many ways. He was a leader of Platte Producers when his son, Rod, was a 4-Her, who showed Charolais Cattle. His daughter, Rachel, was a member of the Horse and Riders club. His grandson Tyson is a 4-H member and showing cattle now.
He started auctioning at the Union County fair in 1980, starting with the pens of 3 cattle. He has auctioned livestock ever since. He worked to get larger premiums from businesses and 4-H supporters so all 4-Hers who sold livestock got a fair price for their animals. He has emceed the Celebrity Steer Show at the Union County fair for many years. Darwin has always been quick to offer help with 4-H fundraisers for different clubs or to raise money for the Union County fair. He auctioned off many different things such as box dinners or 4-Hers at a slave auction. He auctions pies and baked goods at the Union County fair every summer to raise money for the Union County 4-H Foundation to fund scholarships, camps, conferences and needed help for the 4-H programs.
Darwin has always enjoyed kids and watching them grow up. He keeps track of the kids whether driving them to school or athletic events or taking them on field trips as a school bus driver for the Creston Community School District or announcing their arrival on the red carpet at the Creston High School prom or by auctioning off their livestock at the Union County fair sale.
Darwin says “Kids are his business” and he has enjoyed many great relationships with numerous kids throughout the years.