Guy G. Darden
GSA employee

Guy G. Darden, a retired Army communications expert who retired from the General Services Administration in 1994, died Feb. 11 at a hospital in Knoxville, Tenn. He was 80.

He had complications from a stroke, said his daughter Kathryn Brandt.

Mr. Darden moved to the Washington area in the late 1950s on assignment with the Army. He was posted to the White House during the late 1960s and early 1970s as a communications technician.

After retiring from the Army in 1974 as a first sergeant, Mr. Darden worked as a communications expert at what is now the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda and at the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington. He worked for the Secret Service in the 1980s before joining the GSA in Atlanta. In retirement, he lived in Seymour, Tenn.

Guy Griffin Darden was born in Friendship, Tenn., and joined the Army in 1950.

In his spare time, he participated in square dancing.

His first wife, the former Zelma Barton, died in 2003. Survivors include his second wife, Judy McFall Darden of Seymour; five children from his first marriage, Kathryn Brandt of Gainesville, Va., Steve Darden of Santa Fe, N.M., Bonnie Darden of Falls Church, Guy G. Darden Jr. of Nokesville, Va., and James Darden of Arlington; a sister; and five grandchildren.

— T. Rees Shapiro