Darren Lee Tietz

November 4, 1967 — June 22, 2021


Darren Tietz, 53, of Algona, died June 22, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester following a courageous eight -month battle with pancreatic cancer. His steadfast love of the Lord carried him gracefully through his illness and he never gave up, quietly enduring what he was given each step of the way.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 10, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Church in Algona. His family will greet friends on Friday, July 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Grace Church and will continue one hour prior to the service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Grace Church in Darren’s memory. 

Darren Lee Tietz, son of Don Tietz and Shirley (Budd) Tietz, was born on Nov.4, 1967 in Algona. Darren grew up in Algona and graduated from Algona High School in 1986. He was active in sports, playing football and wrestling. Darren attended Iowa State University and graduated with a business degree in 1990. He was an active member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. Many of his life-long friendships were made during his time at ISU.

Darren spent his career in construction and real estate development and worked side by side with his dad in Algona. He enjoyed fishing, biking, rugby and most of all football. Rarely did he miss a home game at Iowa State University and he was well-known for his homemade cinnamon rolls at the tail-gate parties. 

Darren was an active member of Grace Church in Algona where he was baptized on April 14, 2013. He served on the board of trustees and in hospitality. He loved his church and church family and lived in a way that truly attracted others to his faith. 

To know Darren was to love him. He was a loyal friend, devoted family member and humble servant who was always ready to offer a helping hand and never sought personal recognition in his actions. His doors were always open and he loved having people around at the many get-togethers he hosted. He had a huge heart and treated everyone he knew with tremendous kindness and compassion.

It goes without saying how greatly he will be missed, but we rejoice in knowing he was welcomed into heaven with great celebration and will live eternally with his Lord and Savior. We will not mourn as those without hope as we look forward to that wonderful day when we will see him again. 

Darren leaves behind his father Don of Algona and mother Shirley of Gig Harbor, Wash.; his sister Lisa and her husband Torsten of Gig Harbor, Wash.; nieces Baylee Shaner and her husband Luke of Newburyport, Mass. and Chloe Arnold of Gig Harbor, Wash., nephews Brennan and Caden Arnold of Gig Harbor, Wash.; his aunt and uncle Wayne and Becky Tietz of Algona; many devoted cousins in Iowa and in Fla. whom he was very close to; friends who were like family and his dog Stogie who was his constant companion.

Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.





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