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Celebrating the life of
Daryll Norman Vitaska
October 03, 1943 - February 10, 2017
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Reception
  • 1:30-5:00pm - Sunday, February 12, 2017
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066
  • Celebration of Life
  • 2:00pm - Sunday, February 12, 2017

My cousin was great person always had welcoming smile & ready hand to shake yours. My Lord give you eternal comfort and forgive all your faults

Al Suhajda, Aliso Viejo, Ca

Thinking of you at this time and wishing you God's peace . "when you go though deep waters ,i will be with you " Isaiah 43.2

margaret Robinson, Houston , TX

I was deeply saddened by the news of Darryll's passing. I am very sorry that I was not able to attend the memorial service today, but my heart and thoughts were there with you. He was genuinely a fine man, a good neighbor and friend, and will be missed.

Donna Bell, Houston, Tx

Dee and I are truly sorry for your loss. You have had a fantastic marriage , an example for all to emulate. Thanks for sharing your experiences on Facebook .

Dee and Jack Rafferty, Houston , Tx

Mrs. Vitaska, I am so sorry for your loss. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Vitaska, but I thoroughly enjoyed sitting and listening to you talk of your many adventures with him throughout the three years you taught me Spanish. Your face just lit up and your eyes sparkled every time you mentioned his name. You could just feel how much love you had for one another. The love you shared was such an inspiration to others. I know all too well how it feels to lose the love of your life. I wish I could ease your pain. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Michelle Robbins, Houston, Tx

Dearest Mrs. Vitaska, I have so many fond memories of you as my Spanish teacher in High School, and of Mr. Vitaska as my Speech teacher at San Jacinto Jr. College. He really did help me overcome my fears of public speaking. I remember my first speech in his class. He was always so encouraging. He will be missed. Un abrazo fuerte, Alissa

Alissa Whistler Worley, Liberty, TX

I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Stacie Sine-Holland, League City, TX

I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the Vitaska family in the death of Darryll Vitaska. It is definitely difficult to watch one who is ill suffering so. I pray the Vitaska family finds comfort and peace.

Elizabeth Tietjen, Humble, Texas

May you find comfort in those around you.

Prudence and Larry Scott, Houston, TX

You know we are thinking of you and offer our deepest condolences on the loss of Daryll.

Gail & John Peterkin, Houston, TX

So very sad to hear of his passing. Sending love and hugs.

Elena Delavega, Memphis, TN

Dianne, You and your family are in our prayers.

Edith Nealy, Houston, TX

Daryll Norman Vitaska
Daryll Norman Vitaska passed away on February 10, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Daryll was born October 3, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois to Charles Frank Vitaska and Della Mae Vitaska.
Daryll was preceded in death by his father Charles.
He is survived by his loving wife, Dianne Kay Vitaska, whom he married on August 9, 1971 in Austin, Texas and his beloved mother Della Mae Vitaska of Mitchell, SD.
He is also survived by his brother Charles Roland Vitaska and his wife Brenda of Lone Tree, Colorado, his nieces, Shannon Straley and Michelle Straley of Frisco, Texas; his nephew Sean Straley and wife, Darlene, of Sugar Land, Texas; his nephew Matthew Vitaska, and his niece Sara Shelton and husband Doug, all of Denver, Colorado. He is also survived by grandnieces Ashtyn and Lena and grandnephew Jack.
A 1961 graduate of Beecher High School in Beecher, Illinois, Daryll received his undergraduate degree from Dakota Wesleyan University in 1965 and his Master’s degree in speech from Southern Illinois University in 1967. Daryll served in the US Army from 1967 to 1969 and while stationed in Korea he began his teaching career there as an instructor of GED classes for his fellow servicemen.
Moving to Texas in 1969, Daryll continued his career in education first at Killgore College and later as an instructor and debate coach in the Speech Department at Texas State University in San Marcos. In 1976 Daryll and Dianne moved to Houston, Texas where he taught at the North Campus of San Jacinto College for 32 years helping numerous students overcome their fear of public speaking.
Daryll loved hiking in the mountains or visiting historic sites with his wife Dianne. At home, he was avid gardener who could bring plants near death back to life and furnished friends and neighbors with beautiful tomatoes and cucumbers during the growing seasons. He often experimented in the kitchen, teaching himself to make such wonderful gourmet cheesecakes that close friends called him “the champion of cheesecakes.”
Possessed with great athleticism, he was very competent at golf and tennis. He and Dianne shared a love of cycling, often taking their bikes on vacations. Daryll even participated in the MS150 bike ride from Houston to Austin on several occasions.
As a young man, he developed a love of books about historical and/or political figures, but later in life, enjoyed relaxing with a good mystery. He enjoyed sharing good times with family and friends, but most of all he loved spending time with Dianne and spoiling their various felines throughout the years.
Daryll was greatly loved and appreciated and will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation in Daryll’s memory be directed to CurePSP.org.

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My cousin was great person always had welcoming smile & ready hand to shake yours. My Lord give you eternal comfort and forgive all your faults

Al Suhajda, Aliso Viejo, Ca

Thinking of you at this time and wishing you God's peace . "when you go though deep waters ,i will be with you " Isaiah 43.2

margaret Robinson, Houston , TX

I was deeply saddened by the news of Darryll's passing. I am very sorry that I was not able to attend the memorial service today, but my heart and thoughts were there with you. He was genuinely a fine man, a good neighbor and friend, and will be missed.

Donna Bell, Houston, Tx

Dee and I are truly sorry for your loss. You have had a fantastic marriage , an example for all to emulate. Thanks for sharing your experiences on Facebook .

Dee and Jack Rafferty, Houston , Tx

Mrs. Vitaska, I am so sorry for your loss. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Vitaska, but I thoroughly enjoyed sitting and listening to you talk of your many adventures with him throughout the three years you taught me Spanish. Your face just lit up and your eyes sparkled every time you mentioned his name. You could just feel how much love you had for one another. The love you shared was such an inspiration to others. I know all too well how it feels to lose the love of your life. I wish I could ease your pain. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Michelle Robbins, Houston, Tx

Candle tribute lit by Michelle Robbins — Texas

Dearest Mrs. Vitaska, I have so many fond memories of you as my Spanish teacher in High School, and of Mr. Vitaska as my Speech teacher at San Jacinto Jr. College. He really did help me overcome my fears of public speaking. I remember my first speech in his class. He was always so encouraging. He will be missed. Un abrazo fuerte, Alissa

Alissa Whistler Worley, Liberty, TX

Candle tribute lit by Dirk Van Tuerenhout — Texas

I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Stacie Sine-Holland, League City, TX

I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the Vitaska family in the death of Darryll Vitaska. It is definitely difficult to watch one who is ill suffering so. I pray the Vitaska family finds comfort and peace.

Elizabeth Tietjen, Humble, Texas

May you find comfort in those around you.

Prudence and Larry Scott, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Prudence and Larry Scott — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Gail & JOhn Peterkin — Texas

You know we are thinking of you and offer our deepest condolences on the loss of Daryll.

Gail & John Peterkin, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Sabrina Dahlgren — Texas

So very sad to hear of his passing. Sending love and hugs.

Elena Delavega, Memphis, TN

Candle tribute lit by Lauren McConnell — Texas

Dianne, You and your family are in our prayers.

Edith Nealy, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Edith Nealy — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Janell Nelson — Texas


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