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Daryl Simmons

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, in Nevada City to honor the life of Daryl Maurice Simmons. Call 210-7890 for details.

Mr. Simmons, a longtime resident of Colfax and Nevada City, died unexpectedly Sept. 24 in Porto Cesareo, Lecce, Italy. He was 53.

Mr. Simmons grew up in Falmouth, Mass., and South Portland, Maine, and graduated from South Portland High School. He moved to California in the mid-1970s and attended college while working various jobs. Later, he learned massage, bodywork and hospitality management and was an advocate for the organic foods movement.

He married Louise Morris in 1982, and they had their son, Zachary, in 1989. The family lived several years in Byron Bay, Australia, then moved to the Grass Valley area, where he started a business selling clothing inspired by American Indian symbolism.

He was a gifted musician, artist, poet and writer. In 1997, he released an instrumental album, “The Bells of Arcosanti.” He also began work on a novel, “In Search Of The Quantum Grail.” His travels took him to Australia, India and Europe.

Those who knew him will remember him for his wry wit; his philosophical musings; his spirituality and his love of nature, family and friends.

Mr. Simmons is survived by his former wife, Louise Simmons of Nevada City; son, Zachary Simmons of Grass Valley; brothers Jonathan Simmons of Ashland, Mass., and Rob Simmons of Tiburon; sister Lori Colton of Woolwich, Maine; and two nieces and two nephews.

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