March 21, 1976|
|Died: February 15, 2002
|May 23, 1999, for the San Diego Padres|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 7, 2001, for the San Diego Padres|
Growing up, the younger Darr was good friends with Darrin Chiaverini, a future National Football League player and coach, and with Duane Johnson, a former minor league baseball player and the son of UCLA football coach Don Johnson.
In high school, Darr began to struggle with substance abuse and he went to live with the Johnson family. The elder Johnson took Darr to counseling and helped him to stop using drugs.
On February 15, 2002, Darr was involved in a single-car accident in Peoria, Arizona during spring training. His blood alcohol level was over the legal limit. Both Darr and Duane Johnson, who were not wearing safety belts, were killed. Minor league pitcher Ben Howard, who had his safety belt on, survived with only minor injuries. Howard would go on to debut with the Padres two months later, and pitch at the major league level for three seasons.
Darr left behind a wife, Natalie, also a graduate of Corona Senior High School, and two sons. During its 2002 season, the Padres wore a black circle patch with Darr's uniform number 26 on the right-sleeve of their uniform.
- List of baseball players who died during their careers
- List of second-generation Major League Baseball players