Darryl John Szatala, 55, of Parma, formerly of Lorain, died Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at the Rennaisse House, Cleveland Clinic Hospice in Olmsted Township, following a brief illness. Mr. Szatala was born in Lorain, on October 21, 1951. He graduated from Lorain High School in 1969. He was a member of the DeMolay in high school. He played baseball for two years at Lorain High. He continued playing baseball in various summer leagues and subsequently was scouted by the Orioles. In addition to his love for baseball (especially the Indians), he enjoyed cars, fishing, his family, gardening and poker. He was an accomplished cook and developed his own heart healthy dishes that he "taste" tested on several Cleveland Clinic Physicians.
He attended the Parma Heights Baptist Church in Parma Heights. He began his career as a car salesman. He moved into a General Manager's position and continued into dealership development program with Ford Motor Corp. He was in charge with writing and developing several sales training programs. He earned Ford's Sales Manager of the Year in 1985 and 1986.
Mr. Szatala is survived by his life partner, Diane M. (nee Dobias) Szatala; daughter, Brittany N. Szatala of Parma; son, Jeremy J. Szatala of Parma; father, John F. Szatala of Vermilion; and brother, Kevin J. Szatala of Lorain.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn H. (Tompos) Szatala.
Friends may call Friday, August 10, 2007, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. at Schwartz, Spence, Boyer & Cool Home For Funerals, 1124 W. 5th Street, Lorain.
Additionally, friends may call on Saturday, August 11, 2007 from 10 A.M. until the Funeral Service at 11 A.M. at the funeral home. Pastor Dan Barfell, Pastor of the Parma Heights Baptist Church, officiating.
Burial will be in the Ridge Hill Memorial Park Cemetery Amherst Township.
Online condolences at www.boyer-cool.com