DANNY GENE BERRY
AUGUST 28, 1943-MAY 27, 2021
Danny Berry was born in Colorado Springs, CO to Virgil and Bea Berry. He grew up learning the trade of autobody repair and remained there until he met his wife Sherry. They married in Colorado Springs in 1966, then moved to Tucson, AZ. They had two daughters Tammy (Taylor), born in 1968 and Nancy born in 1970.
Danny was a master craftsman working the trade of autobody repair and painting. He started a side business in his back yard in Tucson. In 1977, the family relocated to the Seattle, WA area. After a year, Danny opened his own shop, D & S Painting and Autobody, continuing his trade for over 44 years. He was renown for his expertise in workmanship in Colorado, Arizona, and was best recognized in Western Washington for his artisan skill in autobody painting. Danny could also heat and bend metal like no one else in his time.
A lifelong passion for racing, Danny's career began in Colorado in his teens, later expanding to include sprint cars in Arizona, and then embarking on drag racing when he rebuilt the family vehicle into a pro stock drag car in Washington. The 1969 Dodge Dart Danny named "Just a Dart" and was once offered $20,000 on the spot not to race by a competitor. He had a solid winning history and raced throughout the Western United States.
Danny loved to make people laugh and always had a joke on hand, you could call him a prankster. In his leisure time, Danny enjoyed fishing, camping, boating and anything where his outdoor spirit could appreciate nature particularly with his family and friends, creating his own roads along the way.
When Danny and Sherry retired, they fell in love with Wickenburg, where the settled in 2012, finding it a peaceful town to share their senior years together. They spent his final years traveling in their motorhome and boating, enjoying the beauty Arizona has to offer, always with their two loyal dogs by their sides.
Danny is survived by his loving wife, Sherry, their daughters Tammy (Taylor) and Nancy, grandson Alessandro, brother Veryl and sister Dale Sue and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother DeWayne.
A Celebration of Life will be planned later this year with details announced early this Fall.