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Darryl Glenn Suta

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 23rd, 2013

SUTA—Darryl Glenn Suta, born Aug. 6, 1948, to Audrey and John Suta, was the second of two sons.

He is survived by his brother, Barry (Kathy) Suta, and niece Kimberly Ann.

As a child he resisted learning to read, but was fascinated by movies and popcorn, going to the theater at every opportunity. After high school he attended Lane Community College, Oregon Technical Institute and took graduate courses at the University of Oregon in electronics, electro-mechanical engineering and computer science.

Columbia Pictures filmed a movie on the U of O campus, “Getting Straight,” where he worked as a stuntman, thereby fulfilling his childhood dream.

He also met Mr. Cecil Kellaway and other young actors such as Candice Bergen, Elliot Gould and Harrison Ford.

Darryl began his business career in Seattle working for CX-Systems, and later Microsystems, as a computer techno-problem solver, which eventually led to teaching and training. In this capacity, he traveled extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia.

During this period, Darryl became a certified diver and master in karate (Shito-Ryu). He contributed by using his skills in photography and karate technique for the publication of articles in martial arts magazines, and also published a book, “The Defense Side of Self Defense” (copy located at the Siuslaw Public Library).

He began his own school, Niji Kai-Ryu (school of the rainbow). Darryl’s photographic interests led to the founding of Glenn-Glenn Productions and film making for the health care industry.

He wrote, directed and produced training films for nurses, and did a series on Alzheimer’s for PBS. He coaxed Ed Asner out of retirement to be the narrator.

Darryl’s company completed movie projects for industrial, political and entertainment industries throughout the country, from a promotion ad for Seattle mayor Charles Royer, to filming a Willie Nelson movie, “Tales Out of Luck.”

Darryl was married twice during his lifetime. He respected and enjoyed interacting with women. In both instances, he divorced amiably and with reluctance. Toward his autumn years he was seriously injured in an auto accident, in spite of which he managed to provide nursing care for his 86-year-old father.

After the passing of his father, Darryl moved to Florence, where he started his last book, “Just Another Life,” which is unpublished.

Darryl was a good and gentle soul, and a great brother.

Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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