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Darwin G. Moon was born to Leslie C. and Betty Lou Moon on May 28, 1957, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In his youth, Darwin was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America and earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest advancement rank in Scouting.
Darwin obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, a Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, a Master’s Degree in Engineering, Applied Mechanics from California State University at Northridge, and a Doctoral of Philosophy Degree in Engineering Mechanics from Clemson University. He was a member of Michigan Tech’s Alumni Board, the Recognition & Recruitment Committee and the ME-EM External Advisory Board.
Darwin started working at the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory at Edwards AFB, California in 1980. He went on to work at McDonnell Douglas in Southern California and The Boeing Company for 27 years, most recently in Huntsville, Alabama, where he was a project manager on the Space Launch System.
After a brief battle with pancreatic cancer, Darwin passed away on March 16, 2022. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Margarita; sister, Karen (Mark) Vylonis; niece, Megan (Sean) Vylonis-Nelson; two nephews, Derrek Vylonis and Corey Vylonis; and numerous cousins. Darwin is predeceased by his parents.
Visitation in Alabama will be on Monday, March 28th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Legacy Chapel, 16 Hughes Road, Madison, Alabama 35758.
Visitation in Michigan will be on Wednesday, March 30th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Muehlig Funeral Home, 403 S. Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104. Graveside service will be on Thursday, March 31st, at 11:00 a.m. at Washtenong Memorial Park, 3771 Whitmore Lake, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Darwin to the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association (Duluth, MN) or the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (Paradise, MI)
Monday, March 28, 2022
6:00 - 8:00pm (Central time)
Legacy Chapel Funeral Home and Crematory
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