Dartis
McMackin, Dartis Marie – December 12, 1934 – January 4, 2009 Dartis Marie McMackin passed away January 4, 2009 at her home in Lawndale, California at the age of 74 . Born in Leeds , Alabama , Dartis grew up and went to school in Inglewood , CA and resided in the South Bay area most of her life. Dartis lived a simple life, but was by no means ordinary! She never knew a stranger, because everyone became a friend instantly. Her energetic personality and glowing smile were very contagious. Dartis was always happy! She loved and lived life to the fullest, which made her so special and fun to be around. It was evident that Dartis had a true passion and appreciation for all kinds of music as well, which she passed on to her children. She also loved animals, and always had a pet or two or three. She lived for her yorkie Jazzy (R.I.P.) and chihuahua Mikey. Her caring heart would never allow her to pass a stray or injured creature under any circumstance. Dartis was dearly loved, and will be deeply missed by her family and all of those who had the honor of knowing her. Dartis is survived by her sister, Fay McGray, and brother, JC Drake. She is also survived by her three children, Vickie Arsi, Byron McMackin, and Jason McMackin, as well as her three grandchildren Lisa, Nicolas, and Martin, and pet chihuahua, Mikey. Services will be held at Rice Mortuary 5310 Torrance Blvd. Torrance, Ca 90503 on January 31, 2009 at 2:00 PM In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dartis McMackin's memory to the SPCA at http://www.spca.com/donation/. Comments and messages may be sent to the honorees family members at the email address partywithdarti@hotmail.com.

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  1. It has been many years since I have seen Dartis….however I will always remember her as the neighbor who used to have great parties..that my Mom and Dad would go to when I was a kid. In recent memories I will always remember her as the carefree, loving Grandmother to our most loved nephew Nicolas. The Charnell Family would like to extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to your beloved Mother and Grandmother. Bruce, Dona, Brandon, Brett and Natalie. May God Bless!

  2. my condolences go out to Byron and Jason. Sorry for your loss. I thank Dartis for raising two great sons I am honored to call my bros.

  3. Dear Byron, I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s death and would like to express my deepest sympathy. Ansgar Weber Germany

  4. i didn’t know Dartis and bareLy met her at Byron and Lori’s wedding, but she seems Like quite a fun souL;) i, too, share a Love for animaLs and that in itseLf makes me sad that the worLd wiLL be missing another feLLow animaL Lover. i donated 25.00 to the aspca in her honor, wishing i couLd afford more. my heart goes out to her Loved ones and her LittLe doggy, Mikey. with Love, juLie aLthough Dartis wiLL be greatLy missed, it is impossibLe to dispute that she truLy did Live Life to the fuLLest. no matter where or what situation i saw Dartis in, she aLways Looked extremeLy happy. My deepest condoLences to you aLL, Matt

  5. My warmest regards and prayers to all the McMackin family. You can count on a donation to SPCA as a long time member. Love and good will to all of you.

  6. Dear Byron & Bubba, Your mom was one of a kind, just like the two of you! Both Jeremy and I send our love! We’ve adopted a Polar Bear in her honor! xoxo

  7. Dartis was one of us. Though an older “parental figure” she was one of the main characters in the tapestry that wove my childhood/adolescence. I remember watching the Gulf War erupt on Dartis’ (Byron and Jason’s) little fuzzy TV at their house on PCH. The little green flashes were mesmerizing…a little scary though I wouldn’t admit it at the time. Dartis had enough and turned off the TV, whipped up a couple martinis and put on a polka record. I’ll never forget it. “A war may be starting, but it’s not in my living room yet!” she said jokingly. It’s who she was. The world could be upside down on it’s head around her, but she would never let that bring her down. Another polka and martini to dance and sing the blues away… Dartie (as we all fondly called her) was a friend. She held and will ALWAYS hold a special place in my heart. We will miss you, and when it hurts most we will play polkas and dance in your honor. The light you shined on those of us who knew you will burn bright for an eternity.

  8. Hi Dartis and her furry friends, We just wanted to let you know that a donation was made in your memory, along with the memory of your beloved Yorkie. We know how much you loved animals, so this one’s for you! Hopefully, the lucky canine recipient will give back the same love that you have showed the animal kingdom! With love and gratitude, Mike, Jeannine, Roscoe (the boxer) and OJ (the cat) Barnes

  9. My condolences to Jason, Byron, and Family. Dartis McMackin May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm on your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand. With Love & Respect, Joe Rickson & Family

  10. Dear Family of Marie McMackin, I am sorry about the loss of your loved one. Words cannot describe feelings in a time like this. Many have found comfort in the Bible’s promises of seeing our past loved ones again such as at John 5 verses 28 and 29. Take care of yourselves and keep memories of your past loved one close.

  11. dartis reminded me of my own mama… from the first moment i met her she was so very kind and sweet and FUN!!! all my love and warmest hugs go out to her family and close friends. jai

  12. Dartis you are a spirit that will be missed! There are too many stories to tell however, I will miss drinking the home made Kahlua (which she batched up in the bathtub)during Christmas time! Thank you for always being a true and loving person. Big Hugs Dartie!!

  13. What can I say. I always loved going over to Dartis’ house(whether it was the one on PCH, Torrance Blvd or the most recent one) and talking and laughing with her. She was definitely one of a kind! She always had a smile on her face! I will miss her.

  14. Byron and family, I am so sorry to hear such sad news. Your mom was like a mom to all of us…and amazingly,she put up with it !!! Always with a smile!For the past 25 years, I have always felt welcome and close to your family. I remember your PCH house the best. That house holds so many good memories for me … hangin with the McMackin crew. Day or night,weekdays or weekends, breakfast or lunch, your mom was always there to make sure we were all taken care of and that we weren’t causing too much of a ruckus! All we had to do was crawl over the wall and get ready to spend time in one happy home! Lot’s of laughter! She had so much love in her heart and I know she loved you guys so much. Her eyes twinkled when she talked of her boys or even the gang of us. I am so happy that I got to spend quality time with her at your wedding, Byron. That weekend, Dartis and I had a great time, just talking and reminiscing about those memories. I am so glad to have had that time with her back in November. That’s how I will remember her …SO PROUD, SUCH A SMILE!!!!

  15. Byron I€™m so sorry for your loss. Dartis was the coolest Mom and made the PCH house such a welcoming, safe and fun place for us to hang out. She put up with all of us hanging out all the time. All the drumming, music, skateboards, surfboards and whatever Raucous was going on. People showing up whenever and I never once saw her angry, she always had a smile on her face. The fondest memory I have of your Mom was when she€™d sit at your drum set while a few of us would grab a cymbal or drum and just have the coolest drum session, about 5 of us pounding away. Again I€™m sorry Byron, she will be missed.

  16. I know right now that nothing will ease the sorrow you feel but if you remember all the good times you spent with your mother, that alone will last a lifetime. Mothers are like that. They cherish their children and the time they have with them. I know she was so proud of her family and that’s what she was blessed with. I only had the pleasure of meeting her at my daughter’s Bridal Shower and Beautiful Wedding. I thanked her for having such a wonderful family especially her loving son Byron, who I’m proud to say is now my son-in-law. I know I could never measure up to her love for her son but I love him as if he were my own. He has made my daughter’s and not to mention, our family’s lifes happier. Love Always, Mom

  17. We are so sorry for your loss, it is a loss felt by all of us in the South Bay. Dartis was and is a legend and has obviously touched so many people. She will definately be remembered forever and very sorely missed.

  18. Hey Byron, Lori and Family, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom, our thoughts and prayers are with you all! We had the pleasure of meeting her at your wedding, she was a very sweet lady! All our love! Kim & Billy Zoll

  19. Hey Bro, Again my sincere condolences go out to you and your family. Your mom took me in. The first memory to pop to mind is the grilled cheese sandwiches and pickles. The thing I admired about your mom the most is how she was always there for you guys. You, Bubba, Lisa it didn’t matter, family was most important. Took me a while to figure it out with my family but her way was the best. Thanks to her I got some good tools to live by when it comes to my family. No matter what happened or if she was angry or not she was there and found a way to always make ends meet. Thanks Dartis. Anyways, if you need anything or I can help in anyway or just need someone to talk to I’m there for you. Love You Bro, Richard

  20. Byron / Lori, I just heard the news and Sam and I would like to pass on our condolences to you both and your families. I never had the privilege of meeting Dartis, but she looks like the kind of lady that could have given Gordo from Frenzal Rhomb€™s Mum a good run for her money! She looks like one hell of a proud Mum! You and your family will be in my prayers.. Deepest Condolences, Matt & Samantha Rees

  21. Byron and Bubba, Dartis was one of a kind. I will never forget her great smile. Every time i would run into her she always was smiling. Always fun to be around. She will truly be missed by so many. My heart goes out to you guys and the rest of your family. aloha

  22. Byron, Bubba & the entire McMackin Family, my condolences to you all. Dartis was a special lady and everyone who had the privilage of knowing her has a story to tell…she was one of a kind. Cherish your memories of her and celebrate the life she lived…that is what she would want! I know you know this, but we are all here for you during this difficult time. Love, The Weems Family

  23. Byron, Lori and Family I’m sorry doesn’t seem like the right words to say but there really are no right words. Cherish your memories and know that she will never leave your hearts. I am here for whatever you may need. Love always, Jessica (and Anthony)

  24. Byron, Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Dartis was a special person. She leaves us with memories that will never be forgotten. She will be missed. Matt

  25. My condolences to the McMackin family, especially to you, Bubba, my prayers go out to you. I know how much you loved your Mom. Dartis-I know your in a good place. I only had the pleasure of being in your presence a handful of times and always enjoyed the converstions. I love you for giving me one of the best friends anyone could ever ask for, you will be missed.

  26. Our warmest condolences to Byron and Bubba, we are very sorry for your loss. If there is anything we could do to help the family please let us know. One memory that I will always cherish is listening to the first copy of P.W.’s first album with the entire band and Dartis, it was so loud that the windows were shaking and Dartis stayed and listened to the entire album with us. Rock on Dartis

  27. R.I.P DARTIS MCMACKIN OUR CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO THE MCMACKINS AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO KNEW DARTIS. SHE WAS A FUNNY LITTLE LADY THAT LOVED HER KIDS AND WAS VERY PROUD OF THEM AS WELL. SHE WOULD ALWAYS GLOW WHEN SHE TALKED OF BYRON’S OR BUBBA’S BANDS. SHE WAS VERY SUPPORTIVE OF HER SONS. SHE LIVED CLOSE BY TO ME AND I WOULD ALWAYS SEE HER WALKING TO THE STORE WITH HER PW SHIRTS ON. I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT WAS RAD. DARTIS WAS ALWAYS MORE THAN NICE TO ME AND I NEVER HEARD HER HAVE A BAD WORD FOR ANYONE. SHE GAVE ME A PENNYWISE WRISTBAND FOR CHRISTMAS AND NOW THAT BRACELET MEANS A LOT MORE TO ME. JUST WRITING THIS IS A REAL BUMMER AND HURTS. MUCH LOVE FROM THE RODRIGUEZ FAMILY TO THE MCMACKINS. BUBBA AND BYRON HAVE SHOWN A LOT OF PEOPLE A GOOD TIME AROUND HERE FOR YEARS, PAY THEM BACK BY SHOWIN’ SOME LOVE AND SUPPORT IN THEIR TIME OF NEED. LOVE YOU GUYS! MIKE AND YUKA myspacename ROADRASH & YUKA

  28. There are too many great stories with Dartis to share on one page, her laugh has warmed many and will continue to echo in my memory as an uplifting spirit. I had more fun hanging out with her than Byron and Bubba :-D, she always was reading a book, caring for an animal….which might have been me on occasion. Truly a good soul, not gone, just gone ahead of us. Miss her but with a smile, love to the McMackins, I share your loss. MB

  29. Dartis was truly a real person. She was a breath of fresh air amidst a world of drones with there priorities out of wack. Often I’d go over to the McMackin pad just to kick it with her. Time hanging out with her was well spent and there are many things she said I won’t forget.(pardon the rhyme). She was definetly one of the most down to earth and coolest people I’ve been blessed to know. May her home remedies live-on!! Thank God for humans like her.

  30. Dartis was very special to me and will be missed dearly by all. I feel like I grew up in her house, since I was there on a daily basis for so many years. She made you feel like one of her kids. She would always lend an ear and gave great advice. Never judged or had a bad thing to say about anyone. There are so many wonderful memories that I could fill many pages. I remember bringing her a little bunny, which she of course took in. “Bun-Bun” Within no time this little bunny weighed what seemed 20 pounds. I am so saddened that she has left us and I know she is in a better place watching over all her kids and rockin out. My love to Bubba and Byron & Vickie in this sad time.

  31. Dear Byron, Lori and family, Our hearts and thoughts are with you in your time of sadness. We hope you can fill your hearts with the memories that make you smile and that this can help during this time of adjustment. We know what it is like to loose a parent. She lives on through you and though your thoughts and conversations involving her. Her energy is eternal. Much love, Jenny and Temi

  32. Dartis was a one of a kind, tough cookie. Treated you like family. She was a friend to everyone and anyone. Never hesitant to let anyone in to enjoy her hospitality. She had plenty of love to spread around and she showed it with a smile or laugh. Dartis will be remembered and revered by all of that have been blessed to have had her in their lives. Whether it be just a passing moment or many years of memories, Dartis has touched our lives. Thanks for everything…we love you..and we’ll miss you. Jason and Byron you had a cool mom. She loved her family, her boys, her dogs, and the store clerk (who has a daughter Bubba might like if the Kathy thing falls through – j/k). Darti was always looking out for her boys. Last memory was checking out some hot lawndale chick with flowing blonde hair in a Volcom shirt and some Ugg boots picking up after her dog over on Firmona. Was rolling down the window to get the digits of this Firmona Filly as she turned around, and, oh wait, it’s Dartis and Mikey. (BeepBeep) “Hi Dartis…School/Work/Life…Say Hi to Jazzy…See Ya Soon”

  33. We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our hearts and thoughts. Love Craig and Heather Schneider

  34. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I have a fond memory of our family reunion on the beach. I am glad Dad got to visit with Aunt Dartis last year. I know how special it was for him. Kelly

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