William Edward "Bill" Darley, 56, died April 12, 2019, in Wilmington, N.C. He was born in Los Angeles on Sept. 27, 1962, to his loving parents Barbara Jones and Edward C. "Pete" Darley.
The family moved to San Luis Obispo in 1966 where Bill attended C. L. Smith Elementary School. In 1974, they relocated to Atascadero where Bill worked at Williams Brothers grocery and graduated from Atascadero High School in 1980.
Bill was affable and loving. He was also a natural and gifted athlete, especially enjoying golf, water skiing, baseball, and cycling. His lifelong obsession, though, was motocross. "Gnarly Darley” raced fearlessly and competed for decades.
A big-hearted animal lover, Bill rescued many dogs and doted on each one.
Always a hard worker, Bill was a highly skilled and exceedingly ethical auto mechanic and auto body restoration expert specializing in classic cars. He was an ASE Certified Acura Technician and a graduate of Pro SX MX Tech Trade School in West Virginia. Over the years, he worked locally at LCD Automotive, Precision Collision, Davis Auto Body, and Specialty Gear and Transmission. He was also a specialist at SOBMX Motocross Training Complex in South Carolina and an automotive technician at Acura CarLand and Hennessy Lexus of Gwinnett in Georgia. For several years, he owned a Mac Tools franchise in Renton, Wash.
Bill loved his family deeply. He was preceded in death by his mother Barbara and grandmother Goldie Stadler, both of Atascadero and his aunt Lynn Jones, Ph.D., of Camarillo. He is survived by his father Pete and sister Jayne Tynan (Bob) of Mt. Airy, Md., aunt Vickie (Jim) Rabourn of Atascadero, aunt Sharon Castelan (Gary) of Tehachapi, nephews Jeffrey Ballard, Jr. and Brendan Tynan, niece Chelsea Tynan, many cousins, and his beloved dog, Buddy.
His ashes will be interred with his parents and dog Scooby at Pine Mountain Cemetery in Atascadero next to his grandmother. The ceremony will be private.