WorshipVisitation and Funeral for Darrel Lee Mince

Calendar: Worship

Location: 2025 Stuart Ave Bldg A Baton Rouge LA 70808

Details: Darrel Lee Mince, aged 71, passed away at home November 1, 2018. Darrel, the son of Henry Lee Mince and Frances June Cristina Mince, was Salutatorian at Catholic High in 1965. During his years at Catholic High, he was a member of the Debate Team, the Drama Club, the National Honor Society, President of the Science Club, and a staff member of the Bruin Yearbook. He achieved first place at the Louisiana State Literary Rally in Mathematics in 1965. Throughout his life he had interests in history, film making, photography, natural science and computer technology. After high school he was accepted at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) but to attend Tulane University instead. He loved to travel, leaving Tulane to go to England and Europe where he, among pursuits of other interests, attended the London School of Film. He travelled to The Netherlands, France, Spain, and Ibiza having adventures and making memories. In the US, he lived in Manhattan, N.Y. and Massachusetts before returning home to Baton Rouge. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at LSU BR and attended graduate school in the Department of Geography and Anthropology with the highest score on the Graduate Requisite Exam (GRE) of any other applicant ever to apply to the department. He was the Teaching Assistant to the nationally renowned archeologist William Haig, PhD and developed a close friendship with many professors. From his mentors Fred Kniffen, PhD and Robert West, PhD, Darrel developed an abiding interest in social interaction and the physical manifestations of culture. He presented numerous academic papers including that based on his research on his fieldwork in Honduras. He graduated with a Master of Arts in Anthropology in 1977. After his marriage to Sylvia in 1981, he began his career in computers at the Louisiana Division of Administration. He later transferred to LSU to continue his work in computers where he became Assistant Director of Telecommunications and was nationally recognized for his work in the area of telecommunication backbone of computer systems. His interests and travels continued until his trip to the Bahamas in the summer of 2018. He was an usher at St. Aloysius for more than 30 years of residence in that Parish and participated in many St. Aloysius Parish events. Darrel was also quite the handyman and could fix or build anything. He was interested in sports and avidly followed the progress of his son Frederick's career of soccer. He is survived by best friend of 44 years and wife of 37 years, Sylvia Starns Mince, PhD and his loving mother, Frances June Cristina Mince. Survivors include his step-son Alexander Starns Pittenger of Baton Rouge, Ave Mince-Didier (Sam Sober) of Decatur, GA, son, Frederick Starns Mince (Leah Whitmire Mince) and daughter Sylvia Rachael Elizabeth Bimson, all of Baton Rouge, grandchildren Lilah Didier-Sober and Ezra Didier-Sober, of Decatur, GA, and Jackson Whitmire Mince, Lennon Avery Mince and Rowan Jude Mince, of Baton Rouge. He is also survived by his sisters, Sharon Mince Ford (Charlie Ford) of Baton Rouge and Patty Mince (Roger Culotta) of Waikoloa, HI. He is predeceased by his father, Henry Lee Mince and his step-daughter Sylvia Kathleen King Bimson. Honorary pallbearers are Alexander S. Pittenger, Frederick S. Mince, Roman A. Starns, Andy Martin, Alva E. Burleigh III, James G. Grimmer, Jr., and Ryan H. Starns. Visiting will be on Thursday, November 8th, 2018 from 9:30am until Father Randy Cuevas celebrates Memorial Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am at St. Aloysius Catholic Church at 2025 Stuart Ave. Baton Rouge, LA. 70808. We thank the nurses and personal care aide of In His Care Hospice. We deeply appreciate all the prayers and good wishes from family and friends, which we are sure aided in his comfort. An especial expression of appreciation is given to his sister-in-law, Melanie S. Grimmer and granddaughter and adopted daughter Sylvia Rachael E. Bimson for all they have done in the past months of his life. Published in The Times-Picayune from Nov. 4 to Nov. 7, 2018