Floyd Darrin Perry, 39, of San Francisco, CA, formerly of Asheville, died unexpectedly on Thursday, November 25, 2004.
He was born on April 9, 1965, in Durham, NC. He was the son of Pat Dennis Isaacs of Arden and Floyd E. Perry and stepmother Amy of Durham, NC. He was preceded in death by his stepfather Charles G. Isaacs. Darrin is also survived by his sister, Debra Egan, and her husband John of Orlando, FL., two nieces, Elizabeth and Alexis Egan of Orlando, FL,; and his partner, Jonathan Manzo of San Francisco, CA.
He attended TC Roberson High School and graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He received his BFA in 1987 from the Parsons School of Design. Darrin was a highly respected and gifted graphic designer. His exceptional work was recognized throughout his career with numerous awards from the Society of Publication Designers, the Print Design Awards and American Illustration.
In 1998, ESPN Magazine received the National Magazine Award for excellence in design under Darrinâ€(TM)s creative direction.
Darrin began his career in 1987 as staff designer at Conde Nast Traveller. Darrin left Conde Nast in 1988 to work as an Art Director at Sports Illustrated Weekly. Darrin worked at SI through 1997. Among the highlights of his tenure at Sports Illustrated was his design of the 1991 Swimsuit Issue and the 1996 Olympic commemorative issues. He left Sports Illustrated in 1997 to launch ESPN Magazine as its initial Design Director. He continued his association with ESPN through 2001 upon which he became the Creative Director at Wired Magazine.
He was a member of the Society of Publication Designers and was an avid rugby player with the San Francisco Fog Rugby Football Club. In 2004 Darrin traveled to London, England with the Fog in their successful defense of the Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Cup. Darrin was a beautiful, loving, and creative man who touched the lives of all who knew him.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, December 5, 2004 in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road with the Reverend Carroll Miller officiating. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service.
Contributions in his memory may be made to NC School of the Arts at N.C.S.A. Foundation Inc. 1533 South Main Street, Winston Salem, NC 27127-2188 and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, c/o Timothy Mahoney, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20036.