Darren Joseph Liess 10-11-65 to 2-25-13 Darren passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully on March 25, 2013. He was the beloved son of Carol and Donald Liess. He was the youngest of three siblings: Teresa Webster, Carlene Kerker and Leslie Liess. He graduated from Westchester High School, was Athlete of The Year in high school, attended Santa Monica Junior College, studied and played piano, studied and practiced karate, and was an avid collector of balls of all descript. Darren was a kind, warm, gentle soul who was greatly loved by his parents, family and friends, and will never be forgotten. A viewing will be held at Rice Mortuary Chapel in Torrance from 4 to 8 p.m. on March 8, 2013. A 'celebration of his life' will be held at Journey of Faith in Manhattan Beach from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 22, 2013. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Homes for Life Foundation, 8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 460, LA, CA 90045; 310.337.7417.

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  1. I knew Darren in elementary school – we attended Cowan Avenue Elementary School. Although I have not seen him in many years, I remember him as a kind, caring and very athletic young man. I remember playing handball with him sometimes during lunch or recess. That is the way I will remember him, playing happily on the school ground in the afternoon sun.
    My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this very difficult time.

  2. I will miss my dear cousin terribly. Although it had been many years since I saw him, I always looked forward to seeing him at the family reunions. He was such a sweet and gentle soul. My heart is with all of you during this time.

  3. Darren’s legacy lives on in those of us who mourn his loss, in the Homes for Life Foundation (HFLF) housing that’s been developed, in the countless residents served, and in future residents who will benefit from the many opportunities afforded to them by HFLF.
    We all have our own destinies to fulfill. On this special day, when I see you one final time, I will be thinking to myself, “Darren, my friend…..mission accomplished. Be at rest now. Be at peace. You will never be forgotten.”

  4. I wish I would have gotten to know Darren. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God give you the peace that passes all understanding.

  5. I had the great opportunity to meet Darren nearly twenty years ago. He was a friend and truly one of the greatest spirits I have ever known. We played sports, went on camping trips, visited theme parks,and developed art projects. Darren’s talents were many. The greatest thing about Darren was his enthusiasm for life and his generosity of spirit. I will always remember the crushing bear hug I would get when I would see him. The world would be a better place if more people had Darren’s kindness for others. I am very sad about his passing and wish the best for his family.

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