Cabela’s lost one of its most dedicated customers on Dec. 20, 2017, when Daron Kenneth Lime, bane to elk and trout everywhere, “went off on his next adventure to meet his Creator.”
Former Marine, NRA instructor, fisherman, hunter, diver, golfer, horseman, boxing coach and master mechanic, Daron had a joke (usually inappropriate) for every occasion and never missed an opportunity to help those in need or tease a friend. “I told you my feet were killing me!” is what he hoped to have on his headstone (sorry, Daron!)
Daron was born Jan. 14, 1951, in Browning and graduated from Whitefish High School in 1969. He proudly served his country with the Marine Corps (and he would enthusiastically yell Semper Fi to fellow Marines) before returning home to his beloved Montana to work as a heavy equipment mechanic.
An avid story teller, he loved nothing better than the days he spent with the boys in hunting camp, coffee breaks with “the best people in the world” at Bonneville Power where he worked for almost 20 years, swapping stories at various gun shows, going out to Shakers with his kids for dinner and those rare occasions when the Washington Redskins actually won a game.
Because Daron had a heart the size of Montana, there wouldn’t be room in the phone book to list all his interests and those he loved. However, he had three guiding passions — his five children who were the light of his life, his Native spiritual path, which he followed with dedication, and his sobriety (yes, he got to meet his Creator with 32 years sober.)
He is survived by his wife, Phebe (who proved an even worse housekeeper than he was); his children, Victor Lime (Polly), of Salem, Oregon, Mark Lime of Kalispell, Jenny Moberg of Olympia, Washington, Daron (Brittany) of Kalispell and Calvin (Kristen) Lime of Browning; nine grandchildren; his sisters, Eleanor Sam of Wapato, Washington, and Margaret Bearchild of Great Falls; brothers, Roger Boy of Missoula, Elias Lime of Bigfork, and Cecil Lime (Nancy) of Kodiak, Alaska; beloved nephews, nieces and enough friends to fill 50 football fields.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Garnet Lime; two half brothers, Camilo and Adolfo Lime; his brothers-in-law, Johnny Sam and Lloyd Bearchild; and his grandson, Aidan Moberg. There will be an informal all day gathering to honor Daron on Dec. 28 at Old Eagle Shield in Browning, and the burial services will start around 10 a.m. on Dec. 29, also at the Old Eagle Shield in Browning.
In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to the Native American Rights fund, and in his memory, people perform an unexpected and perhaps anonymous act of kindness, the kind Daron performed daily.