A Disney fan, Scott Darrah used his business acumen to help his community
The joke was Robert “Scott” Darrah must have owned stock in Disney.
The longtime Council Bluffs resident just loved all things Disney. He and his three daughters celebrated special moments on Disney cruises. They all went to Disney World together many times, and even ushered in 2020 at the "Happiest Place on Earth."
“From the time his kids were small, he was taking them on big Disney vacations, frequently,” said Scott’s good friend, Dan Reece.
But the next time the family gathers at the Magical Kingdom, they’ll be without their biggest Mickey Mouse fan.
Scott, 57, died of COVID-19 on Nov. 9 in Council Bluffs.
Born in the hamlet of Beebeetown in 1963, Scott moved to Omaha to attend Creighton University, where he’d later be an adjunct professor.
In addition to working as a banker, property manager and Ameriprise Financial advisor with clients in more than a dozen states, Scott always made time to sit on business boards or join related associations.
But what made Scott extraordinarily special, Reece said, was his ability to use that financial acumen to help his community. Past president of both the local Rotary Club and Make-A-Wish Foundation, Scott believed in “service above self,” Reece said.
“He wasn’t ashamed of being a banker and of making money, but he lived a life that I would characterize as prosperity with purpose,” Reece said. “He enjoyed what he earned, but he had a very generous heart."
“He gave a lot of money to charities,” added Reece, who succeeded Scott as president of the Rotary Club. “He really, really shared.”
Scott made everyone feel part of the team, Reece said. And now his team plans to continue his legacy of lending a helping hand in his community when needed.
“He found a home for his desire to do good,” Reece said, and “for his desire to show service above self.”
This story is part of the Iowa Mourns series, a collection of remembrances about Iowans who lost their lives to COVID-19. If you've lost a loved one to COVID-19 in Iowa, let us know by filling out this form or emailing Iowa Columnist Courtney Crowder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iowans lost to COVID-19
The following deaths from COVID-19 were added in the past week to our list of more than 600 Iowans who have died from the disease, found at DesMoinesRegister.com/IowaMourns.
Siddiq Mohamed Arab, 83, Waterloo. Worked as a ship's surgeon sailing the eastern coast of Africa before becoming a pediatrician.
Jane Bullard, 87, Decorah. Never wore a bigger smile than when making fresh tracks on a snowy hike.
Kristi Jo Ernst, 66, Eldridge. Loved to spoil her children with homemade scotcheroos.
William Flaherty, 80, Des Moines. Finished every sentence with "and everything."
Mark Friedow, 71, Jefferson. Raised Poland China hogs with his grandfather and uncles.
Daryl Fuller, 59, Waterloo. Loved American muscle cars.
Larry Hon, 78, Des Moines. Drove the 24, 21 and 42 buses for Johnston Community Schools.
Dianne Huddleson, 63, Fort Madison. Always called the students her husband taught and coached "our kids."
Elizabeth "Bette" Murphy, 93, Silvis. Enjoyed her great-grandchildren's baseball games and playing euchre with friends.
James Urbatsch, 80, Osage. Designed and fabricated much of his own farm equipment.
Daryl Walters, 71, Bettendorf. Went by the nickname Daryl Camaro.
Clellan Wildes, 87, Marion. A master apple pie baker and cribbage player.
James Wubbens, 56, Cedar Rapids. Married his love, Shelia, in the Little Brown Church in Nashua.