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Darren (Chief) Jacket
November 11, 1959 - April 6, 2023
Service Date April 11, 2023
The service will be at Crippin Funeral Home on Tuesday April 11, 2023 at 1:00pm. The service will be officiated by Justin Williams, burial will be at Grand View Cemetery and the celebration of life will be at River Bottom Park following.
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Darren Jacket or Chief age 64, passed away on April 6th, 2023 in Montrose Colorado. The service will be at Crippin Funeral Home on Tuesday April 11, 2023 at 1:00pm. The service will be officiated by Justin Williams, burial will be at Grand View Cemetery and the celebration of life will be at River Bottom Park following.
Darren Jacket was a Ute Mountain Ute tribal member and, was known as Chief to most, people close to him called him Zoo or Zoo Boy. Darren was born in Cortez Co on November 11, 1959. Darren was raised by Mellie and Jim Workman in Mancos Co. Ida Jacket was his biological mother. Zoo graduated in 1979 from Mancos High School and went to Vo-Tech to receive an Associates in Drafting in 1981.
Darren was raised a cowboy, he loved to work on any kind of vehicle as was good at it. Chief also played pool from the time he was young and loved the game. He was also very good at leather craft that he learned from Jim Workman or Dad. Darren was also an amazing artist. He was offered a position with Walt Disney at the age of 11, after Disney saw some of his art and talent. Mellie and everyone tried to convince him what an amazing chance this would be for his future, but Darren refused to go. He was stubborn. He was a man with many talents, and had a passion for helping whomever was down and out. Almost everyone in Montrose knew about Darren or knew who he was. Zoo had a huge heart and was loved by many.