He was born Aug. 17, 1936, in Washington, D.C., to Margaret Tavenner Darnes Tobler, of Fort Myers, Fla., and the late Harry T. Darnes. He was raised in Arlington and graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1960. He had served in the U.S. Army. In recent years he coached youth sports, which he enjoyed with his grandsons.
Survivors also include his wife, Donna B. Ballance Darnes, his daughter, Daryl P. Cummings, and his son, Dennis B. Darnes, all of Leesburg; and five grandchildren.
Mr. Darnes was buried Jan. 12 in National Memorial Park in Falls Church.
Memorials may be sent to the American Lung Association of Northern Virginia, 10340 Democracy Lane, Suite 203, Fairfax, VA 22030.
Arrangements were by Loudoun Funeral Chapel of Leesburg.