SALEM – Family members of the late Wayne T. Darling and directors of the Salem Community Foundation gathered at the Salem Community Center Oct. 6 to dedicate a memorial to Mr. Darling, who had been a foundation director from 1979 until his death earlier this year.
A plaque is placed on a brick wall near the front of the building where a memorial walkway is planned for future plaques of remembrance.
The tribute bears his name and the words, “He is honored here by the Salem Community Foundation and the Salem Shade Tree Commission to which he gave his leadership as a respected and revered member. This memorial is dedicated to the Salem Community Center in his name.”
Prior to his retirement in 1997, Mr. Darling was president and CEO of Lyle Printing & Publishing, the publisher and parent company of Farm and Dairy newspaper.
Memorial tree. An active community member, he had also served the Salem Shade Tree Commission as a member and past president.
At a separate location on the center’s lawn, a tree has been planted in his memory by the Salem Rotary Club and the Salem Community Foundation.
Over the years, Mr. Darling planted many trees on curb lawns and home and building lawns, always noting the beauty of trees and their importance to future generations.
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