September 22, 1944 ~ July 4, 2019

Born in: Newton, KS
Resided in: Englewood, CO

Darrel D. Schmidt, 74, passed away at Denver Hospice on July 4, 2019, following a lengthy battle with cancer. Darrel was born in Newton, KS to John D. and Rubina Voth Schmidt and was the 4th of 5 children. He was raised on the family’s farm located in Buhler, KS. Darrel was proud of his agrarian roots and credited his upbringing as the basis for his commitment to faith, family, work and service. He graduated from Buhler High School where he participated in wide-ranging activities including multiple sports, music and band, student government and 4H club, among others. After high school, Darrel attended Bethel College where he played on the football and basketball teams before finishing his undergraduate degree at Kansas State University. While at Kansas State University he also completed a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics.

Professional Life

After graduation Darrel began his professional career working in Dallas for a development firm before relocating to pursue opportunities in the Denver market. Eventually, Darrel followed his entrepreneurial spirit forming his own real estate development firm, Signature Companies, in the late 1970’s. Throughout his career, Darrel thoroughly enjoyed his work and was active in a wide array of real estate projects including the development of retail shopping centers, ski area condominiums, medical office buildings and residential real estate lots.  His most ambitious and rewarding project was the development, ownership and operation of The Gardens at Columbine, an assisted living and memory care facility located in the Denver Metro area. Darrel made sure he was an active owner and took great strides to create a family environment for the residents and staff.

Personal Life

Darrel and Kathy were high school sweethearts who married on October 2, 1964 and celebrated 54 years together. During their time together they raised two sons, Jarret and Jason. Darrel and Kathy also have 5 grandchildren. Darrel especially loved being the “Poppy” to his grandkids and was an integral part of each grandchild’s life. Outside of family, Darrel was also passionate about serving the community through charitable endeavors. He served on several organizational boards, most prominently, Colorado Uplift and Urban Youth Ministries, as well as several other Christian organizations. He was also active in youth coaching. In Darrel’s spare time, he enjoyed fly fishing in the mountains, with his friends.

Family and friends will remember Darrel for his generosity, commitment to caring for others and his strong faith.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Darrel’s name, to Urban Youth Ministries or a charity of your choice.

Memories Timeline


  1. We love and miss Darrel. He has been an inspiration in our lives and the lives of thousands of others. He loved his family and friends so much. His memory will live on in them forever.
    All of Heaven is welcoming Darrel now
    With sympathy and love, Butch and Judy

  2. We will greatly miss Darrel’s great spirit and zest for life, which he brought to all his endeavors in both business and personal life. All of our sympathies to Kathy, Jason, Jarret and the whole Schmidt family. Darrel’s legacy will live on in his great works.


    Colleen and Rich Emery

  3. Darrel made a big difference in the many lives he touched. His compassion and interest in others always made each individual feel special. He created an amazing community to care for our senior population. His high standards and desire to enrich the lives of others made The Gardens at Columbine not just another assisted living, but a warm, caring home for the residents, families and staff. My condolences goes out to the Schmidt family.
    Darrel will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

  4. Thank you Darrel for the memory care unit it at The Gardens at Columbine. My husband has been living in this caring environment for over three years and our family is so grateful for such a great home. May God bless you and your family.
    Mary Olson

  5. Darrel was a friend, an inspiration, a valued business associate. He set a standard to emulate in every aspect of life. Thanks Darrel, for all you contributed to us, and to countless others.

    Russ & Lori Hatle

  6. Dearest Kathy and Family,
    May Our God of Comfort continue to comfort you and your precious family. May His peace be with you. Darrel was a man who was obedient to his God. His philanthropic heart impacted thousands of lives for God’s Glory and purpose. We are eternally grateful for his and your families commitment and love for others.
    Blessings and Love in Christ,
    Inez Robinson

  7. I’ve worked at the Gardens at Columbine for 14+ years and consider it my second home. I believe it is Darrel and Kathy’s vision and their hard work and dedication that makes it such a wonderful place to be, both as a member of the awesome staff and for the lovely residents that live here. Thank you, both of you, for being such active members of the GAC family. Kathy you are in my thoughts.

  8. Kathy, my heart and prayers are with you at this very sad time. Please know that I send my heartfelt sympathy.

  9. I have worked at The Gardens at Columbine for 12 years, and like many others this is my second home. It always gives me so much comfort knowing how involved Daryl and his family is in the this community, and I know it will continue with Kathy and his sons. My heart goes out the the entire family. He was a very loved man, and it truly showed how much he loved this community. He will be missed but never forgotten.

  10. I was fortunate enough to be part of The Gardens’ team before the assisted living building was built. I specifically remember having a Christmas lunch with Darrel, Ted, and Bonnie and Darrel was so hospitable. Darrel had a heart for people and that was evident in how he really wanted to know residents, their families and employees. My heart, prayers and love go out to Kathy, Jason, and Jarret and I hope the entire Schmidt family find peace and comfort in knowing that he will live on in the hearts of those whose lives he touched.


  11. Kathy, I am so sorry to read of Darrel’s passing. You both were always so nice to visit with at CCPresby Church. Darrel
    lived his Christian faith, modeling it in his workplace and community!! It was a privilege to know him. May God be very near to your family at this time. Karen (Schmidt) Johnson

  12. Kathy,
    Richard and I were saddened to hear that Darryl had lost his valiant battle with cancer. We enjoyed traveling with you both. He was a fine man. Peace be with you and your family.
    Richard and Sally Russo

  13. Kathy and family we will surely miss Darrel what a great servant of Christ. His passion for ministries was to be admired. I always loved working with him and praying with him here at CCPC. May the Lord comfort and give you all peace.
    Al & Fran Johnson

  14. It’s been so very many years since we’ve been in contact but I want to take this opportunity to extend my condolences to Kathy and the boys. Darrell was a lovely person.

  15. Kathy,
    I valued my friendship with Darrel over the years and always admired his commitment to serve others.
    He had a huge heart, a sweet spirit and provided excellent leadership and direction to UYM. He will be missed. God Bless, Carol and Dick Lewis

  16. Kathy

    The Fishers have so many memories of time spent with the Schmidts. What a role model Darrel was for our boys. Both of you have contributed to the community in many different ways.

    Thank you,

    All of the Fishers

  17. To be a part of the Gardens at Columbine is like being a member of the Schmidt family. My nine years there have been the most rewarding and inspiring of any of my “work” endeavors. Darrel brought encouragement and welcome challenges to my role. The examples of Darrel’s leadership and compassion will remain in my heart; I look forward to continuing to serve what he and Kathy began in the year 2000. My role, Sales and Marketing, is my true calling for The Gardens.
    My introduction to Darrel was truly God inspired!
    Cyndy Sue Walters

  18. Darrel was such a gentleman. When he came to the office I always enjoyed visiting with him and Kathy. Such a sweet loving couple. I remember one of the conversations we had that if I ever needed to work elsewhere I can come and work for him.
    He was a dear patient and a Godlyman who I know will be sorely missed.

  19. Darrel was such a gentleman. When he came to the office I always enjoyed visiting with him and Kathy. Such a sweet loving couple. I remember one of the conversations we had that if I ever needed to work elsewhere I can come and work for him.
    He was a dear patient and a Godly man who I know will be sorely missed.

  20. I only knew Darrel for a short period of time but I could easily see that he was a man of vision and integrity. As a resident of Roxborough Park and a Schmidt Nature Park Committee member – I can only hope that he was aware of how grateful we all are for his generosity. His gift will touch generations to come. Kathy – you can be confident that our work on SNP will continue and we will all do whatever we can to carry out Darrel’s wishes.

    Sincerely, Paula Scirati
    Deanna Zieske
    Bob Lienemann
    Karen Beck

  21. Kathy,

    I was so very saddened to hear about Darrel’s passing. I remember Darrel as a quiet and gentle spirit. May the Lord surround you with his love And caring.

    Janet Briscoe Lyon

  22. Kathy,

    I was so very saddened to hear about Darrel’s passing. I remember Darrel as a quiet and gentle spirit. May the Lord surround you with his love And caring.

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