Darol ForsytheOctober 3, 1927 ~ May 4, 2017 (age 89)
Darol D. Forsythe, born October 3, 1927, to Glenn and Vera Forsythe, passed away at his home, on May 3, 2017.
Born and raised in western Iowa, Darol joined the United States Navy in 1943, serving in the Philippines through the conclusion of World War II, and was honorably discharged in 1945.
Darol returned to Iowa to work the family farm. After farming a few years, he and his young family moved to Salt Lake City in 1953, and then to Idaho Falls in 1958.
Darol founded Industrial Ventilation Inc. ("IVI") in 1965 and revolutionized the potato industry by installing the first successful refrigeration system in potato storage. In 1969, he moved IVI's headquarters to Boise. After retiring from IVI in the 1980's, Darol then founded Pin/Nip and D-I-1-4, later to become 1,4GROUP, Inc... During this time, Darol and his son John obtained the first E.P.A. biochemical registration for the chemical 1, 4-DMN, for application to potatoes.
Darol spent his last years working on his ranch: caring for his cattle, chickens, horses, sheep, and turkeys.
Darol was a kind-hearted and generous man, often giving his time, money, and energy to those less fortunate. He was well-known to offer help and employment to those who were down-and-out in life.
Darol is pre-deceased by his first wife, Barbara, son Jim, and three grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of thirty-five years, Judy; daughter Shari Draayer; sons Jeff and John; step-daughter Teresa Walko; step-son Brandon Christensen; nineteen grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Darol's life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 13th, at his ranch—15401 Cartwright Road. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Darol, to the Boise Rescue Mission.