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Darin L. Price

Darin passed away unexpectedly Monday, August 24, 2020 at his home in Otsego.

He was born April 18, 1970 in Buchannan, Michigan, the son of Frederick and Stephanie (Kaufman) Price. Darin was a 1988 River Valley High School graduate and played basketball, football and was an All-State athlete in baseball. He attended KVCC and was awarded the Academic Athlete Award. Darin went on to receive his Master’s in Education from Western Michigan University.

For the last 25 years he was a beloved teacher at Otsego Middle School. Darin loved his students and enjoyed coaching girls’ and boys’ basketball and boys’ baseball. The joy of Darin’s life was his daughter Kennedy who he loved spending time with.

Surviving along with his daughter are his mother, Stephanie (Paul) Zdanis of Three Oaks, brothers, Gregory (Laurie) Price of Bridgman and Jeffrey Price of Indiana; twin sister, Deana (Donald) Bowman of Kalamazoo along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fred in 1986 and by his grandparents.

Darin will be missed by his family and by his many friends.

Cremation has taken place.

A drive by visitation will be held from 12 noon to 4PM, Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Bulldog Stadium in Otsego.

Due to the pandemic, a private family burial of ashes will take place at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Three Oaks.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Darin may be made to the

Otsego Public Schools Foundation

or to a scholarship in Darin’s memory.

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August 24, 2020 at 4:23 pm

This makes me so sad for Otsego. We always saw Darin playing sports and spending time with his daughter. He was an amazing father! He was also a favorite teacher for our kids. Darin always had time to chat when we seen him around town. He would always ask what the kids were up too. You could always tell he was a genuine person that really cared.

Many prayers for his daughter, his parents, his students and our community. RIP Darin.



August 24, 2020 at 7:14 pm

Our Truong family was so sad praying for him


Skyler hilton

August 24, 2020 at 11:54 pm

I will miss Mr. Price a lot He was always nice to me he always said hi to me in the hall and whenever I said hi how are you we would always say something nice back


Mike and Donna Heckathorn

August 24, 2020 at 4:34 pm

Dear Stephanie, Paul, Deana, Greg, Jeff, Kennedy and Family,

Words can not adequately express the sympathy we have for all of you at this time. We have so many wonderful memories of Darin as he grew up in Three Oaks, along with other members of the RV Class of 88. I can still see him zipping down the basketball court with determination and purpose in mind. He was a wonderful athlete to watch in all of the sports he played. More than that, he was such a good person. We have had the opportunity to see him at different sporting events over the years and our visits with him then were always wonderful. His passing has left a terrible void for all who knew him, but especially for his family. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers during the following days and always.



August 24, 2020 at 4:53 pm

Enjoyed talking baseball with Darin when I was in Otsego. He always had a smile for me and was such a kind guy. My fondest memory would be the little notes he’d leave on my desk as the energy auditor about sports and just words of encouragement I would find on my desk the next school day. He was such a blessing to myself and so many others.



August 24, 2020 at 4:54 pm

Oh my gosh!!! He was the best gym teacher I’ve ever had :(. Rest In Peace



August 24, 2020 at 4:57 pm

My condolences go out to his family he was a great teacher and coach even though I played no sports RIP Mr. Price ❤️


Anastasia Urbanik

August 24, 2020 at 5:01 pm

Thank you for always being there for us girls who loved athletics. You took the time to coach one on one with me and spent time with our family at dinners and at our restaurant. Your teaching, coaching and mentoring touched many lives in Otsego and beyond, you will be missed by many. The world lost a shining light yesterday. Much love to his family and his daughter.


B & C Trophy Sherry Schumaker and Tera Kinnane

August 24, 2020 at 5:01 pm

Our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Darin. He will be missed by this community and school system. The lasting affect he had on the students over 25 years will be irreplaceable. Our prayers are with all of you as you try to process and come to terms with his loss. Thank you for sharing him with us.


Darla and Doug Maltby

August 24, 2020 at 5:02 pm

Darin was our backyard neighbor and he was always happy to see us and our dog.

We always enjoyed watching him and his daughter play so many sports in his yard and at the school. Our hearts are broken.



August 24, 2020 at 5:12 pm

Such a sad sad lost. So many loved his big smile and great attitude. My family enjoyed having him as a gym teacher. I saw him a few times outside of school and he was just as kind. My condolences go out to his daughter and family. So many prayers are out to all. Stay strong❤️



August 24, 2020 at 5:15 pm

I am truly heartbroken I had you all throughout middle school best memories in your class I am so sorry love you mr price Rest In Peace



August 24, 2020 at 5:19 pm

I was one of his students like many but my 8th grade year was by far the best. He would always joke with me and was so nice to people it feels so unreal. I will never forget about him. Prayers coming to his family.



August 24, 2020 at 5:19 pm

Dear Stefani, I am so so sorry for your loss and your family, please know u are all in my prayers.


Ty Hathaway

August 24, 2020 at 5:20 pm

Terrible news. I was lucky enough to know Mr. Price as a teacher, a coach, and later in life a friend. RIP.


Melissa Weirick

August 24, 2020 at 5:21 pm

Mr. Price was the most kindhearted, soft-spoken, and comforting teacher to be around. He taught my computer class back in sixth grade – 2006 – and never ran out of patience for us, and that’s saying a lot for a group of rowdy 12-year-olds! He always had a smile and a kind word when I saw him around town, too. He will be so missed.


Evan Stack

August 24, 2020 at 5:25 pm

Coach Price,

I think back to when you gave me the opportunity to play on the “A” team In 8th grade. You told me one thing that’s always stuck in my head, and that was to “prove yourself”. I’m at a loss of words. While coaching middle school basketball for the last couple of years, I could always count on you to share, critique, and cherish the memories that were made. You made me a better basketball coach, someone that kids could count on through the ups and downs, and an even better person. Darin, you always gave me the best advice I could ever ask for and I will always, always remember that through my time. Thank you for being you, and thank you for teaching me the core values. I will forever be thankful for you and for what you taught me.

God Bless,



Ryan Rishel

August 26, 2020 at 11:47 am

Bro same. 8th grade he moved me from B team to A team and made me feel like I was better than I was! Great guy.


Ray & Jean James

August 24, 2020 at 5:33 pm

Can not even express how my heart breaks for you, Steph, and for his daughter, siblings and all his family that loved him. We will have you all in our thoughts and prayers.


John pettit

August 24, 2020 at 5:36 pm

Darin was my best friend and brother I never had. We spent so much time together. Almost too much. I will cherish our times chilling out after a long day of teaching or coaching. I love you Darin and will pray for your family always. We will give more clothes to your daughter that grace has grown out of. Please say hello to my twins in heaven. They will play ball with you. I will see you in heaven someday my friend❤️



August 24, 2020 at 5:36 pm

I am shocked to hear this. Way to early for one of the really great guys. I feel really privileged to have worked with Darin over the years in both baseball and basketball. Rest in Jesus comforting arms my friend.


Sharon milhiem

August 24, 2020 at 5:40 pm

I’m still shock while writing this as I’m sure everyone else is too! He was a bright star in our community! A very outstanding Man! I will be praying for the whole family! Let God’s peace comfort you!



August 24, 2020 at 5:42 pm

Stef and family I don’t know what to say I am speechless. I’m sure your have a hole in your heart and my prayers are with you all. Please know you can call on me if you need anything. ❤️ All my love!


Gavin Snyder

August 24, 2020 at 5:42 pm

To the Family,

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Darin was a respected and appreciated educator, coach, and official. Darin and I coached against each other many times. And I had him officiate many basketball and baseball games. Always with a smile and friendly greeting whenever I saw him. He will truly be missed.


Jayne Stamurs

August 24, 2020 at 5:42 pm

I am saddened by the loss of Darin. What a loving teacher and a wonderful father to his daughter. He was a committed man and had a wonderful spirit. He will be missed ! My deepest condolences to his family.


Kelly Mackey

August 24, 2020 at 5:50 pm

I am so sorry for your loss! I can remember Darrin and Mike hitting whiffle balls over the house into the street. He will be greatly missed.



August 24, 2020 at 5:54 pm

I only knew Darin as Kennedy’s dad, our kids were in class several years together. He was always so kind & we would chat at all the school functions. He was a great dad & I will miss seeing him in the halls. Praying for sweet Kennedy & Darins family.


Jenni Coburn

August 24, 2020 at 5:54 pm

My heart breaks hearing this. Mr

Price was the kindest teacher I ever had. Otsego lost one their best. My heart and prayers go out to his family. RIP Coach


Vicky Reising

August 24, 2020 at 6:02 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss. He was just a wonderful, incredible person. My family thought the world of him


Gary Mikula

August 24, 2020 at 6:04 pm

Darin was the ultimate role model. Best of friends for almost 40 years. A truly remarkable man, incredible athlete, and devoted Father. God bless you, Darin. Sympathy and hugs for the whole Price family and Kennedy.


Patricia York Lucas

August 24, 2020 at 6:06 pm

We were so lucky to have Darin in our lives. He was a wonderful teacher and coach to so many children. But to my granddaughter, Kennedy, he was everything. He and I would always say, how lucky we are to have our sweet girl. He was the finest, caring father and person. Our entire family have broken hearts tonight. Life will never be the same without him. Words cannot express how sorry we are to his Mom and entire family.



August 24, 2020 at 6:10 pm

Aunt Steph, Greg, Jeff and Deana, I am and always have been here for you. If there’s anything I can do to be of any help please do NOT hesitate. My heart and prayers go out to you. I wish Darin would have responded to any of my reach outs. Stay strong and know that I love you.



Ruby (conley) Rogers

August 24, 2020 at 6:13 pm

Dearest Mr. Prices family and friends.

We are so sad to hear this news, i had him in highschool as a computer teacher and my son now in middle school for his last year there had him the last couple years for gym. Mr.price always had a huge smile every day we seen him and seeing him with his daughter you could see the love he had for her. May the Lord comfort you all at this time. We are praying for the family and staff at this time.


Amy Price

August 24, 2020 at 6:19 pm

This news is so heartbreaking. My deepest condolences. There just aren’t any words. Saying a prayer for the family and sending love.


Randal Max Honeysett

August 24, 2020 at 6:22 pm

Darin, we had lost touch after being baseball teammates. I recently found out you have been in Otsego all this time. I reached out to you in fb hoping to reconnect. Sadly this won’t happen now. Thanks for all the games we enjoyed together. R.IP. my friend.



August 24, 2020 at 6:23 pm

We are saddened to hear of this sudden loss! Darin always had a smile and encouragement for our son who played baseball (on the opposing team). We join all the others in prayer for family, friends and daughter Kennedy!


Michele Dalrymple Robbins

August 24, 2020 at 8:07 pm

I’m so sorry to his family for their loss. He touched a lot of lives in his time in Otsego. As a 7th grader in 1995 I was on the OMS basketball team. Mr Price was one of our regular referees. He always had an encouraging word for me and knew me by name just from constantly handing me the ball to inbound. I was lucky enough the following year to have him as a full time coach and teacher. He had a way of inspiring us without having to raise his voice. We all just respected him and didn’t want to let him down. I have a sixth grader start at OMS this year who was super excited to get to be in Mr Price’s gym class after all that he had heard from me. This will be a huge loss to our schools and community. We will miss him greatly.


Dan and Andrea McGuire

August 24, 2020 at 6:29 pm

We are so sorry to hear of Darin’s passing. He was a Great basketball coach to our sons and such a nice guy!!

Darin would bring his daughter to St. Margaret’s Church and we loved seeing them for Sunday mass.

Darin will be in our prayers


Lisa Semenic

August 24, 2020 at 6:37 pm

Price family, my prayers are with you all.

So many memories from as far back as my memories go. Rocket football, birthday parties, Saturday bowling league, high school sports events. Darin was a bright star in the sky. I can only imagine the lives he touched teaching. This is so shocking, I have few words……


Barb Doepker

August 24, 2020 at 6:40 pm

Words are just not adequate to express my sadness for the tragic loss of such a fine young man as Darin. Darin was such a part of RV life and all his classmates. My sincere condolences to you Stephanie, Deanna, Greg, Jeff and all the family. May God give you strength during during this time and the days to come. May he Rest In Peace. God bless, Tom and Barb Doepker


Connie Vitek Van Es

August 24, 2020 at 6:44 pm

Sending heartfelt condolences and prayers to the Price family. Darin was a nice guy and a great athlete from River Valley. It sounds like he continued on that path in his teaching and coaching career and in his personal life. God bless you during this difficult time.


Derek Trobeck

August 24, 2020 at 6:45 pm

In our 8th grade basketball banquet Darin said “If I could put 5 Dereks on the court I’d never lose because we’d out hustle the other team every night”. This was maybe the nicest thing a coach ever said about me. When I was coaching freshmen basketball at Hackett he reffed a few of my games. Joking he said , “ex-players don’t get preferential calls.” He was one of the best coaches I ever had and one of the best men I knew.


Noah McHenry

August 24, 2020 at 6:56 pm

You were a good teacher and to us rest in peace


Stephen Flickinger

August 24, 2020 at 6:58 pm

I had the pleasure of knowing Darin as a teacher, coach, friend, and mentor. He was the embodiment of bulldog pride and his memory will live on in the hearts that he touched while guiding young people into adulthood. My deepest condolences go to his family.

Thank you coach for the great memories and life lessons. Rest In Peace, you will be greatly missed.


Dick and Judy Gatton

August 24, 2020 at 6:59 pm

Dear Stephanie and Family, We were so fortunate to live in Three Oaks during the 80s and blessed to have known Darin. He was an outstanding young man and athlete and most important a great person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Natalie Moyer

August 24, 2020 at 7:07 pm

I was so upset to hear this news this morning.. Mr. Price was by far my favorite gym teacher and he always knew how to make all us kids laugh and have a genuine good time while in his class. I’m gonna miss you.. RIP Mr. price. Much love to his family and friends going through tough times right now


Ashley Bergeon

August 24, 2020 at 7:10 pm

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Melissa Housler

August 24, 2020 at 7:30 pm

My sincere condolences. He will be greatly missed at Otsego Schools. You are in my prayers.


Julie Copeland

August 24, 2020 at 7:39 pm

So sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with your family!


Jody novacek

August 24, 2020 at 7:46 pm

I am so very sad. My heart goes out to the family. I grew up with them and love them all dearly. My heartfelt prayers to them all. Words do not express my sadness. Lovs jody novacek


Lisa Verlinden

August 24, 2020 at 7:49 pm

We are so very sorry. This is such a shock. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Darin leaves an incredibly legacy with so many. So much love to each of you!


Nikki C.

August 24, 2020 at 8:18 pm

Mr. Price will be missed terribly. He was a great man, a great coach, and a great teacher. Always so kind at school, outside of school, and on the court. He wasn’t just a hi and bye kind of guy when you saw him either. He would actually stop, ask how you are, and what you’ve been up to. Just truly amazing. Mr. Price you left a positive impression on us all. Thoughts and prayers go out for his family, friends, and the community.


Brett Williams

August 24, 2020 at 8:18 pm

Darin was a friend, neighbor, and role model while growing up in Three Oaks and a one-of-kind athlete at River Valley. My heart goes out to the entire Price family.



August 24, 2020 at 8:38 pm

My condolences towards Mr Price’s daughter, I know what it’s like to lose a parent at a young age. And if she ever needs someone to talk to, she can reach me at my email

We will all miss you Mr Price, fly high


Scott Demetral

August 24, 2020 at 8:43 pm

Darin was a teammate of mine at Western. He took care of our freshman class by always supporting us, looking after us and treating us as equals even though we were a few years younger than him. We will never forget him going out of his way to make us feel at ease during a tough time of being freshmen in college. He always checked in on us to make sure we were alright. A special person – this is a sad day for the WMU baseball family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family – especially his daughter. We will miss you DP


Brandon Lee Smith

August 24, 2020 at 8:57 pm

I’m at a loss for words, as Mr. Price, played a huge part of my life in Otsego (class 2004), as both a teacher and coach. He was easily one of my favorites in both categories. Always someone you could look up to. Thoughts go out to his family, friends, and current students. RIP friend.


Beverley Rannow

August 24, 2020 at 8:59 pm

Dear Price Family,

Please accept my deepest condolences. I just heard this evening about his sudden passing. I am so deeply saddened by this. I have many fond memories of working with him at OMS before I retired.


Walt and Sue Rickli

August 24, 2020 at 9:07 pm

Our hearts are broken today to learn of Darins passing. He was a treasured friend. Darin taught and coached our three sons at Otsego. He was a role model for them both on and off the baseball diamond. Darin always had time to catch up no matter where our paths crossed. Our prayers go out to Kennedy and his family. He will be missed.


Todd Staehle

August 24, 2020 at 9:13 pm

The news of Darin’s passing was shocking and so sad. As a freshman baseball player at WMU, Darin was a senior. Typically a senior wouldn’t want anything to do with a freshman. Darin however took extra time to make sure all of us freshman were doing ok, had rides where we needed them, and spent time with us to make sure we felt welcomed. He was one of the kindest and funniest guys I remember and will always remember him for that big smile and happy demeanor. He will be missed but never forgotten. My sincere condolences to all his family and friends.


Brandi Leonard

August 24, 2020 at 9:24 pm

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Mr. Price was my 8th grade basketball coach, and he was ABSOLUTELY amazing. He taught us so much. He was am amazing person. He will truly be missed at Otsego. I still cant believe he is gone. Rest is peace Mr Price.❤❤❤❤


The Burleigh Family - Jeff, Babette, Ian, and Alexa

August 24, 2020 at 9:44 pm

Shocked and saddened to hear the news about Coach Price. He was a teacher for both of our children and a baseball and basketball coach for our son. We greatly appreciated his contributions in all of his many roles. He possessed a strong skill set, including communication, empathy, values, consistency, and stability. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and students on this tragic, untimely loss.


Kyle Dennis

August 24, 2020 at 9:44 pm

I was one of his students and i will miss him even more now that he is gone,but he was my favorite teacher in Otsego i will miss you dearly my good friend mine and my mom will miss you. I just wished that i could have seen you one more time you are the best mr.Price you will always will be thank you for everything you did may you rest in peace my friend.


Chris Munson

August 24, 2020 at 9:45 pm

I was a teammate of Darin’s at WMU. He was a Senior when I was a Freshman. Typically, Seniors on the baseball didn’t pay any attention to Freshman. Darin was different. He always treated me and the other Freshman just as kindly as he would anybody else. He had no pretension about him at all. He was always kind and friendly to everyone. I don’t think anybody couldn’t like Darin. He was always smiling and always joking and very genuine. I hadn’t seen or talked to Darin in a very long time but the news of his passing today has really shaken me. It has made me realize that even in the short time that we were teammates, almost three decades ago, the positive impact that Darin made on me. Darin was a great one. He will be missed.


Darcy Fox

August 24, 2020 at 9:48 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Darin’s passing. Please know I am thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort for the entire family


Marcia Hess

August 24, 2020 at 9:50 pm

Steph, Paul, Deanna, Greg & Jeff along with your families, please know many, many of your friends and family & also Darins are keeping you in their prayers He was loved by many throughout his life,

Darin was a mentor to students for years, who will be better people because of him.

Please know you are in my prayers for peace.


Jack and Sue

August 24, 2020 at 9:51 pm

Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. There are no words that can take away the heartache you must be feeling.

Please know our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.


Patrick Kane

August 24, 2020 at 10:00 pm

I had the distinct pleasure of officiating a girls regional final late last year (2019) with Darin at Caledonia. We had never worked together before then, but with that single game, he remains one of the best partners I’ve had the opportunity to work with.

He had my back in an intense situation and had a way of calmly dealing with coaches that was remarkable to this day.

I’m so sorry for your loss and hope you know the amazing impacts he had on folks…even those of us that had the opportunity to be with him for just a few brief hours.


Salinas Family

August 24, 2020 at 10:00 pm

Please accept our condolences. He will be dearly missed! The Salinas Family


Amanda Ripsam

August 24, 2020 at 10:02 pm

one of Bella teachers she had him for pe last year was a great guy. After explaining mild lower cp and 22q all of the issues Bella has he not only listen but went above and beyond and added in ways that helped Bella with leg issues at school. We were looking forward to working with him. Bella will be missing him he made his inpact.

remembered by our family as an upstanding and understandin, kind man. I am sorry for your family loss.


David Devine

August 24, 2020 at 10:08 pm

Darin was always someone that I wanted to strive to be when I got older. He was the best guy, friend, teacher, and coach anyone could ever ask for. He always had a smile on his face, and alway ask how you were doing. One of my best memories I have of him was the nickname he gave me when I was in school. I could of been mad or upset at the world (like most teenagers) he would say that nickname and I was instantly happy. I get to say this one last time… The Price is always right! It is a sad day the world lost such a great Man. My heart goes out to his family . You will alway be loved and missed. Rest in Peace Darin Price.


Jody McBain

August 24, 2020 at 10:31 pm

So saddened by this news!! I knew Darin as Kennedy’s dad. I coached Kennedy in tennis when she was 3-5 years old. Darin was always there at West Hills watching and supporting his daughter playing tennis! A very kind and caring father to Kennedy! It was always a pleasure to talk with Pat and Darin as they watched Kennedy on the tennis court! Wishing all the family members comfort and peace during this difficult time of lost. Heaven has gained an angel.


Kathy Keller (Novacek).

August 24, 2020 at 10:46 pm

Steph and family, there are no words to help right now but please know I pray that God gives you the strength to face this sadness. Heart felt thoughts for you and yours at this time.


Charlynn mccullough

August 24, 2020 at 10:46 pm

My heart goes out to the whole family. Darin will be so missed such a wonderful guy. Charlynn mccullough


Darlene Powell

August 24, 2020 at 10:49 pm

This is so sad to hear I live near Dix St school and often Darin and his daughter would come by my house and Kennedy loved my dogs as they always greeted them with lots of barks. You could tell the bond father & daughter shared and the kindness in our conversations over the fence. My deepest sympathies to his family and daughter may Gods arm wrap you in peace and comfort during this most difficult time.


Kim sprau

August 24, 2020 at 10:49 pm

He was such a great teacher


Amanda Ripsam aka Bellas mom

August 24, 2020 at 10:55 pm

one of Bella teachers she had him for pe last year was a great guy. helped bella with leg issues at school. pulled her out of win time and got her to do ot and pt streaches he went above and beyond understanding after I explained what mild lower cp and 22q was he got creative and found ways to add in streaches during the school day for Bella he was such kind guy. I was looking forward to working with him again for Bellas iep.

I am sorry for your family’s loss


Josi Byers Scurek

August 24, 2020 at 11:02 pm

Darin was such a great person. My memories of him during high school were great, from basketball, football and baseball. It always meant so much to me that he walked with me at graduation. He will be missed. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.



August 24, 2020 at 11:22 pm

What a great guy since the first moment I met him. Years of playing ball with him or running into him out and about will always be in my memories of tons of smiles and personality from the man known to many of us as DP.



August 24, 2020 at 11:33 pm

Mr.Price I’m sure to not just me but a lot of students was my favorite teacher!! His bright smile and kind words always comforting and even as an adult I loved how he remembered my name! You will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathies to you all! Thank you for sharing him with us!



August 24, 2020 at 11:48 pm

My heart is broken my friend. I can remember playing basketball and baseball together like it was yesterday. Playing under your dad as coach was awesome. Sending heartfelt prayers to your entire family.

Godspeed my Brother… See you on the other side.


Carolynn Arend

August 25, 2020 at 12:05 am

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Stephanie, Paul and the whole Price Family. Darin was such a fine athlete and person. We had so much fun watching him play many sports in Three Oaks growing up. RIP Darin


Jimmy Fleck

August 25, 2020 at 12:26 am

My heart and prayers go out too Darin and his family.

Darin will be greatly missed! May God bless you.

Thanks for the wonderful memories! Go Mustangs!



August 25, 2020 at 12:57 am

You Were An Awesome Teacher Rest In Peace


Don Fox

August 25, 2020 at 4:54 am

Grew up with Darin and his family. Top people, and throughout the years Darin was no different. Always respectful, kind, and humble.

Condolences to his family and friends, hope you can find peace in this difficult time.


Shaun Robinson

August 25, 2020 at 6:42 am

Heartfelt gratitude for getting a chance to meet such a great person at River Valley High long ago, even more thankful to watch Darin quietly..with a smile always..teach, mentor and coach students at Otsego years later, including my own. The amount of people that have been blessed by Darins footprint on this earth must be staggering, not enough words can describe our sadness-or admiration Darin. God Bless you, Rest in Peace


Phil Shaler

August 25, 2020 at 7:27 am

Darin was a great teacher and mentor. While in college he reached out to me to see if I would be interested coaching JV baseball with him. It was a great experience. Seeing first hand his dedication and love for his players. Seeing his work ethic. Darin was a genuine good hearted person. We will be praying for the Price family.


Pat Hanshew

August 25, 2020 at 9:20 am

I can not imagine the pain you are feeling but wanted you to know you are not alone. Please feel God’s presence and ever lasting love. Wrapping you in his healing embrace. Love and hugs


Patty Zboril

August 25, 2020 at 10:00 am

My heart breaks f or you Stephie and for all of you at this time. Love and prayers <3


Tonya Stella

August 25, 2020 at 10:58 am

Aunt Steph and family, I’m shocked to hear this news and so incredibly sorry for your loss. Darin was always there with a smile on his face and a big welcome for me. I know he will be missed terribly. There is a new angel in heaven and he will be watching over all of you.


Cinder Cottle

August 25, 2020 at 11:48 am

Darin was such a huge part of my Son’ Codys life during the years he mentored him and even after that as his Teacher and friend. We were so blessed to have him be apart of our lives. My heart is just broken to hear of his passing. May God Bless his Daughter and Family during this Difficult and Sad time. You are all in my thoughts and Prayers.



August 25, 2020 at 12:08 pm

Steph, My heart goes out to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love ❤


Randy Bradford

August 25, 2020 at 12:59 pm

I am still shocked with this sad news as I write this. I knew Darin through the many Physical Education and basketball coaching clinics. He also reffed many of my basketball games when I was coaching varsity basketball. He was always open and caring for the coaches, fans, players and friends. Darin was one heck of a guy. A true genuine coach, teacher, father and friend. My deepest sympathies to the whole price family.


Lynn C Higgs

August 25, 2020 at 2:02 pm

Darin’s contribution of his heart and his leadership, character will be a lasting legacy of the light he shared with others thru his Joyful example of mentoring so many many in the classroom and on the Sports field. He cared deeply about our Son’s and Daughter’s success in academics and Coached our Son’s in Baseball. He played a role in Collegiate Baseball Dreams being achieved as well as College Success. We not only were Blest by his role within OPS but also by sharing our Faith with him at our Parish in Otsego. He was a wonderful Father, Friend, Coach and Man of Character. We send our Deepest Sympathy to your family ~ We pray that you feel God’s Love, Strength, Peace and find comfort in all the memories of the impact of his life ~ We are so Thankful to have been Blest by Him. Bob ~ Lynn Higgs ~ Family.



August 25, 2020 at 2:08 pm

Great teacher and great guy rip Mr



Kimmy Wolnik-Swartz

August 25, 2020 at 2:20 pm

My heart is broken along with everyone else that knew and loved Darin Price. The Golden Boy of River Valley. Little brother to Greg and Jeff, Deana’s twin and Steph’s baby boy with the beautiful sky blue eyes. What a loss for the family and community. Reading all of these tributes hurts so much but also makes me smile for a young man that truly left his mark on this world and in so many impressionable young lives. What an awesome teacher and coach he was, one I would be so proud to have had for any of my own children. He was raised right, he was loved, he was admired. I hope all of that lives on in his beautiful daughter as well. God Bless the family as they try and cope with this devastating loss, I love you all.


Andrea E

August 25, 2020 at 2:21 pm

The Otsego District Library extends our deep sympathy to Darin’s family and friends and the OPS Community. Darin enjoyed visiting the library, and we will miss him. He will be greatly missed by this community, and we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Much love.


Randy Melvin

August 25, 2020 at 3:05 pm

Kathy Randy & Tanner Melvin

To Stephanie Paul and the Price family

we are so sorry for your loss are hearts go out to all of you. Darin was a good friend and an even better person I was lucky enough to ref and umpire his games in high school and even more fortunate to later ref games with him the last game I worked in regular season two years ago was with him and my son Tanner great memories RIP my friend


Dee Krcatovich

August 25, 2020 at 4:11 pm

I met Darin during his first year of teaching at OMS. I was working as an aide to special needs students. My heart just breaks for his family, daughter, friends, and co-workers. He was such a kind, gentle, and humble man. His patience was remarkable. Not only did he show great respect for the staff, but also for the students. The boys admired his love for sports, and of course, the young girls swooned over his good looks. Otsego has lost a significant part of their teaching staff with Darin’s death. Even though it’s been many years since I worked at OMS, I can still hear him greet me as we passed in the hallways, “Hey Mrs. K.” He will missed by many.


Lindsay Lane

August 25, 2020 at 4:39 pm

My heart is so broken at the news of Mr. Price’s passing. He was always so kind, genuine, and interested in how you were doing. He was a wonderful teacher and mentor. The world was made better by him and he is deeply missed. I’m thankful that I got to know and learn from him. Many prayers and love to his family, friends, colleagues and students.


The Petty Family

August 25, 2020 at 5:19 pm

My family and I were shocked and saddened to hear of Darin’s passing.

I feel like I knew Darin on several different fronts. He taught three of our kids in middle school. We would see him at church with Kennedy. As the energy manager for the district, he would report out to the board on progress. Whether seeing him at school, church or board meetings, Darin had a way of making me feel better after our interactions. He had that gift. I pulled up a few emails that Darin sent the board and he used words like talent, passion, commitment and positivity. Those are the exact words that I would use to describe Darin. He set the standard for treating people the way we should all treat each other.

I know that we will always remember Darin’s smile, positive energy, obvious love for Kennedy and his passion for Otsego students and community. Rest in peace.


Chrissy DeWaters Quinn

August 25, 2020 at 5:59 pm

Dear Stephanie and Family, most of you won’t know who I am but I am Donna Heckathorn’s sister. At the time when the RV boys were tearing it up on the basketball court, my husband and I were big fans and liked going to games when we could. Jason and his friends would go to my mom’s house and watch football and other sports in her tv room. It was just a small room and they would close the door and have their snacks and and could get as loud as they wanted. Little did they know how much it pleased my mom that they felt comfortable being there. We would all laugh about it, and my mom said the room smelled like a locker room. Darin was often one of those boys.

My heart truly aches for you.

RIP Darin.


Gregg Schaffer

August 25, 2020 at 6:09 pm

My deepest condolences to Stephanie, Paul, Deana, Greg, Jeff and Kennedy. You are all in my prayers as we adjust to Darin’s passing. It was an honor to know, support and love Darin as he was growing up. The entire Schaffer family is heartbroken! What special memories the River Valley community has of Darin’s amazing performances on the basketball court and baseball diamond and his joy of competition. I have even better memories of the type of person Darin was throughout his life. He was a loving father to Kennedy, wonderful son and brother to his family and an amazing friend, colleague, coach and teacher to everyone else. His giving spirit came through in every relationship. Darin’s influence will carry on in everyone who had the good fortune to cross paths with him throughout his life. It hurts to say goodbye my friend! RIP Darin.


Pat Keller

August 25, 2020 at 6:33 pm

My heart breaks for you and your family. Darin was a person to be proud of. . Jesus has a special place for him in heaven . My prayers are with you and your family.


Fred Decker

August 25, 2020 at 7:47 pm

I am so saddened to hear of your family’s tragic loss. During his baseball career at Western, he was a class act and a great teammate. I will never forget that smile. Fred Decker


Ed Behnke

August 25, 2020 at 7:48 pm

Pam and I share our condolences with you ,

Steffi and your family. We will keep you in our prayers.


Robert and Andy VandenBerg

August 25, 2020 at 8:13 pm

Darin was one of the friendliest people we met. He never lacked in a smile and conversation. Our sympathy is extended to his family and friends. He will be missed!


Ava Sutherland

August 25, 2020 at 8:47 pm

I will miss Me.Price he was the best gym teacher, me my mom and siblings all had him as a teacher


Matthew Price

August 25, 2020 at 8:50 pm

No words can adequately describe the heartbreak and loss.

For me, Darin gathered the best qualities of his parents and went 50 years down a path exuding a smiling, fun loving, approachable, gentle and generous character that was unequalled. I always enjoyed our time together and looked forward to the next time. Never a harsh moment between us. Just love and laughter. He had a special gift to bring out the best in people.

In the face of the infinite sadness in losing Darin, I know (as with Uncle Fred) there is no getting over this. We will need to rally around and lean on one another to carry on. Providing all the love, support and faith Kennedy and the family will need.

R.I.P Darin


Mike Walters

August 25, 2020 at 9:06 pm

Shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Darin’s passing, I had the distinct privilege of refereeing with Darin over the past many years in Basketball and early on in my career in Baseball. Darin was an excellent Official and a dream to referee when he was coaching. I have nothing but respect and great things to say about Darin which make this whole situation even tougher. My thoughts and prayers are with Kennedy and the rest of Darin’s family in this time of great sadness and loss. RIP my dear friend, God must have needed another Angel in Heaven or a Coach or a Referee, Darin meets the qualifications for all three.


Doug, Shani and Logan

August 25, 2020 at 9:30 pm


You were a humble man, a loving son and brother, a faithful friend, a caring coach and teacher, and most importantly, a devoted father to Kennedy. You touched the lives of so many, and left a mark on those you loved and those who loved you. Our hearts are broken.

We love and miss you terribly…now and forever.


Coach Shilts

August 25, 2020 at 11:54 pm

I am heartbroken! Darin was among the finest Cougars of them all at KVCC. A great role model, teammate, and gentleman, Darin will be missed. Memories of his class and professionalism will live on in the hearts of all whose paths his crossed. RIP Darin.


Terry & Char Bonnell

August 26, 2020 at 6:59 am

We are so saddened to hear of Darin’s passing. Like with so many others, he was a strong and positive influence on our sons as a teacher, basketball coach and baseball coach. He also had a gift to befriend the parents of his students. Our prayers of love, peace and comfort are being sent to his family.


ryan rishel

August 26, 2020 at 11:52 am

I was always a B team basketball player. Coach Price moved me from B team to A team mid season in 8th grade and made me feel like I could be better than I was. He was very loved. Anyone who ever knew him will feel this.


Paula williams

August 26, 2020 at 12:57 pm

Aunt Steph, Paul,Greg,Jeff and Deanna,

My heart is broken for my Aunt Steph and family. So many wonderful memories spent with Darin and his family. Prayers for Kennedy to beable to heal and cherish all her memories of her wonderful father.

Love you ❤️ Pat, Paula Williams and family


Ellen F. Wilson, retired OPS

August 26, 2020 at 1:26 pm

It was my pleasure and privilege to be a colleague of Darin Price’s at OMS for seven years. He was a “go getter,” a self starter, a caring, professional teacher and coach. I admired his work ethic, as well as his persona.

I don’t recall the exact year, but he led a talented girls’ basketball team to the championship! Who was hitting those 3 pointers from the corner? Awesome!

May he find peace.

Ellen Wilson


Tim Campbell

August 26, 2020 at 3:15 pm

Mr. Price was the first computer teacher I had in Middle School. Since then whenever I saw him he always asked how things were and how I was doing. Just such a genuine guy and person. He will be missed.


Eileen Lane and family

August 26, 2020 at 3:19 pm

We are so saddened to hear of Darin’s passing. Both our daughters had the pleasure of having Darin as a teacher. I had the pleasure of knowing him during my teaching career at Otsego Public Schools. He always had a smile, kind word to say and was one of the nicest people I know. Darin was always genuine and sincere. Whenever I saw him, he would always ask about our daughters and was interested in their studies and careers. Darin was truly respected and loved as a teacher and coach. He touched the lives of so many students and will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family, friends, colleagues and students.


Charles and Julie Sittig

August 26, 2020 at 4:37 pm

Our deepest sympathy to you during this difficult time. May your memories bring you comfort in the days to come prayers to you and your family


Julie LaBudda

August 26, 2020 at 6:40 pm

I met Darin while his daughter was attending Gilkey Elementary with my son.

He always had a smile on his face and was a great person to talk to.

I hope the family finds comfort and peace!


Bob Redmon

August 27, 2020 at 3:45 am

So very very sorry to hear this. Prayers to the family



August 27, 2020 at 9:58 am

Even if i didn’t know him very well as soon as i heard the news i cried for at least 2 hours. He was an awesome teacher and i always looked forward to telling him what plans i had for the week. Even if i wasn’t the best at gym and was difficult to cooperate with he still always put a smile on my face. He was one of the only teachers i actually had genuine conversations with. He helped me when i couldn’t do something and supported my decisions. i can easily say he is by far one of my favorite teachers. i’m sad he’s gone and I hope that his family can get through it in this rough period of time. losses are hard especially when its someone that touched so many people. Mr.price made gym fun it was the only class id ever had actual fun in. most times i’m really self conscious but he included everyone so i actually felt comfortable. Though i am sad he’s gone i will continue to try new things and believe in myself more. I can safely say that he made my life feel less lonely and i cant ever thank him enough for it


Gary and Barb Rhoades

August 27, 2020 at 10:48 am

Our heartfelt sympathy goes our to the family, friends, and the Otsego Public School community. Darin was loved by many students and staff. He he had a huge impact on many lives including ours. Praying for comfort for all those mourning this tragic loss.


Deb Newhouse Young

August 27, 2020 at 6:19 pm

Dear family and friends of Darin,

I was so saddened to read about Darin. Please accept my condolences.

I had the pleasure of knowing Darin from the local gym, Repz. He would always take the time to ask how my son, Josh, was doing in sports. Darin was a very likable, dedicated guy who was admired by many. He will be deeply missed! RIP, my friend.


Cecilia Mallett

August 28, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Darin. We were hired into Otsego Middle School the same year, and taught next to each other when I was there. One of the most caring, and compassionate teachers. He was so well liked and respected by those around him. The students enjoyed his classes. He was so much fun to be around. I enjoyed seeing him after I had left Otsego, at many sporting events as a referee. He was always friendly with everyone around him. He will be missed greatly. Sending comfort and healing to all of his family.



August 28, 2020 at 2:40 pm

I only knew Darin as Kennedy’s dad. I talked to him maybe twice on the playground and he still even made an impact on me by just how calm he always was with a smile always on his face. He was at every Gilkey school event for his daughter, you knew that she was his world.



August 28, 2020 at 2:44 pm

My heart and sadness is with a family that is beloved.


Dion VanAtter

August 29, 2020 at 7:59 am

It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Darin. I met Darin when I was working with the Baseball Team at Western Michigan University. He was always upbeat, smiling and worked hard to do what he could do for the team. I was happy to learn that Darin took a job at Otsego Public School, my honored Alma Mater. I knew he would be an asset to the people he worked with because of the way he cared for those around him. Darin will be missed by those in Otsego, Western Michigan University, and mostly by his family. I will be praying for Darin, his family and all those who mourn his passing.



August 29, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Mr. Price was my gym teacher but he was more than that, he was nice and always had a smile on his face no matter what. He was a friend and was always respected by everyone. He will always have a place in our hearts and will always be there with us. ❤️


Lisa Nelson

August 29, 2020 at 2:14 pm

Our hearts are saddened by the loss of Darin.

Darin was my boys favorite coach and teacher.

He will be missed.

The Nelson family


Rodger Salinas

August 29, 2020 at 4:06 pm

Please accept our condolences. The drive by was a beautiful scene!


Zelene Wilkins

August 29, 2020 at 9:14 pm

Mr. Price was one of my son’s favorite teachers in middle school. He was always so kind, patient and positive. He was a real gem. We loved seeing him with his daughter in the front yard playing ball. He was a role model father. What a huge loss for all of us in Otsego! We will miss him dearly. Today I met Darin’s amazing mom and twin sister and I could see why Darin was so caring. He came from a very loving family! Our deepest condolences to Darin’s family and to all who loved him. May the precious memories of Darin soon replace the pain of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in perfect peace Darin! ❤️


JODY Bedell

August 30, 2020 at 5:32 pm

Another reminder for everyone

Tell all the people in your life that you love them

Everything can change in an instant

Darin was Alease and Jesse’s teacher and basketball coach Definitely one of their favorites

There will be no more pain for him in Heaven

But a deep void here on Earth without him




Pat Tavolacci

August 31, 2020 at 7:03 pm

I had the pleasure of working with Darin in the baseball diamond at KVCC. He was a special player but a better man! I am so saddened by the news and wish the family peace and strength in these tough times!


Arlyssa Baumgartner

September 2, 2020 at 8:58 am

Mr. Price was the best gym teacher ever!! always the greatest smile to brighten your day! prayers are going out !!


Cheryl Mytys Burger

September 5, 2020 at 11:52 pm

My deepest condolences to the Price family. You will all be in my prayers. I’m so very sorry for your loss of Darin.


Gayle Allen

September 6, 2020 at 1:23 pm

Stephanie and Paul and extended family,

We recently heard of your son’s passing. We are so very sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

Gayle and Dave Allen


Sandra Morrison

September 18, 2020 at 12:18 am

So sorry for your loss we will miss you Mr price rip


Jo Ann Starha

October 2, 2020 at 5:37 pm

My heart aches to think of the family, friends, and community who will miss his presence and all the goodness that he stood for. My prayers are with you. God be with you.


James Starha

October 2, 2020 at 9:36 pm

To all of the family member of Darin.

We know that Darin was Gods gift to all of us.

His smile, teaching, coaching and education was his gift to all.

Now we give to his loved ones, our prayers for healing.



December 8, 2021 at 5:41 pm

I am sorry it has taken me this long to come back and tell you how much I should have said awhile ago. Mr. Price, you did so much for me, you made sure that made it through 6th grade. You stood by my side till the end. You always told me to keep my head high. To never doubt myself. To keep going even when the world is beating you down. So this part is to his family, don’t stop living your life. Keep going. Don’t give up. Even when no one believes in you, you can change the world. Don’t forget that.

Wishing you the best


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