Darol F. Nance – Class of 1952

Darol F. Nance, 75, passed away on July 11, 2012 following a brief battle with cancer.  Darol attended CID from 1946 to 1952.

A California girl at heart, Darol Frank Nance was born in Seattle, Washington to James and Dorothy Frank.  Darol was two years old when her family moved to San Francisco, California where she grew up.

As a child Darol attended Miss McKenzie’s School and then, when this school closed in 1945, transferred to a public school called Gough School.  From 1946 until 1952, Darol attended the Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, Missouri.  She graduated from the Hamlin High School in San Francisco in 1956.

Darol went to the University of California at Santa Barbara and graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology.  She also participated in the graduate school Independent Living program at San Francisco State University.

Moving clear across the country, Darol lived for a brief time in New York City and worked as a typist for the Empire Insurance Company.  The tug of the West, stronger than that of the East, soon prompted Darol’s return to California – for good!  She took a job as a personnel counselor at the Deaf Self Help Job Placement in San Francisco and served as director of the DSH branch office in San Mateo.

Darol married Leland Nance in 1962 and had two children, Susan and Andrew.  The marriage subsequently ended in divorce.

As a caring advocate for deaf and hard-of-hearing people, Darol was very active with various organizations in California.  She was a secretary at the San Francisco Hearing and Speech Center, founder and director of the Deaf AIDS Center in San Francisco, an officer on the board of Deaf Media, Inc., in Berkeley, and she also served on the Oral Deaf Adults Section of the Alexander Graham Bell Association of the Deaf.

Shortly after she moved to La Quinta, near Palm Springs, Darol immersed herself in a new proposal to establish and promote communication accessibility and other services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing population of Coachella Valley.  As a senior citizen herself, Darol recognized the specific needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing seniors and was one of several people to found the Deaf Seniors Foundation of Palm Springs in 2007.  She served as the organization’s first treasurer, a position she held until her death.

Darol was a world-wide traveler and a fabulous host for the many parties and gatherings she had for family and friends at her “La Quinta Casita” and at her “Yuba River Cabin.”  She loved to golf and was always thrilled to find new golf partners.  She enjoyed swimming, going on walks, and playing (and winning!) cards and board games.

Shortly before she passed away, the Deaf Seniors Foundation of Palm Springs Board of Directors presented Darol with a resolution of appreciation for her service on the board and for her generous support to the community for which she served for so many years.  Upon her passing, Darol was conferred the status of DSF-PS Treasurer Emeritus.

Darol is survived by her daughter, Susan; her son, Andrew and son-in-law, Jim Maloney; two grandchildren, James and Emma; her sister, Bobbie, and many relatives and friends.