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A passion for driving the open road Darrell earned safe driving awards during his 35 years of driving: Darrell Jeffrey (1954 - 2007)

Name:
Darrell Jeffrey (1954 - 2007)
Transportation Mode:
Trucking
Era:
Post-1920s
Gender:
Male

 

Darrell hauled many types of cargo but enjoyed pulling a livestock trailer most of all. Suffering a broken jaw when cattle forced open an interior gate in the trailer, his jaw was wired shut but even that made it hard to keep a good man down.  Darrell was back on the road as soon as he was released from the hospital.

 Darrell grew up wanting to be a truck driver.  He couldn’t wait to turn 16 and start driving. He taught his sister to drive a stick shift, emphasizing “you need to drive it like a truck.” Many years later Darrell would be proud to know that his sister can back her “truck” into the garage using just the side mirrors and do the same to back up to a trailer.

His other words of advice were, “if you ever need help on the road, a trucker will be there.” He truly lived this advice as he was often stopped along the road giving assistance to a stranded motorist.

Throughout his career trucking was his love, even though the benefits included long hours and being miles away from home and his family.  Weekends and summer would find Darrell’s two sons Brant and Blake as well as nephews always eager to take a trip or help shine the big truck. Darrell would also help coach his son’s baseball teams; once taking a traveling team to a tournament in Sioux Falls. Have you ever thought about taking a dozen 10 year old boys to Red Lobster, well he did it.      

Traveling the Iowa highways and from state to state safety was always on his mind. Darrell earned safe driving awards during his 35 years of driving.

 His last employer was Plendl Triple R Trucking located in northwest Iowa near the community of Kingsley. The family owned business valued him as an example to newly hired employees, placing new drivers with Darrell for training. His work ethic lead by example in the right way to maintain equipment, transport cargo safely and on time, as well as develop a good relationship with shippers.

For being a consciences driver we award our Hero by Example to Darrell “DJ” Jeffrey. Accepting in his honor was his mother Eilene Jeffrey. 

Darrell hauled many types of cargo but enjoyed pulling a livestock trailer most of all.
For being a consciences driver Darrell was honored as a Hero by Example, his mother Eilene Jeffrey accepted on his behalf.
DJ enjoyed driving, he began at age 16 and drove for 35 years.
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