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James Darin Lance, 51
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James Darin Lance, 51, of Louisville, Tenn., known as Darin to all, passed away in an accident May 5. 

Darin was born Nov. 17, 1968 in Smithville, Tenn. Since birth Darin was loved by many and began his mark on the world. Darin was known as an astonishing entrepreneur, starting in real estate then leading to creating his own company, JDL Construction in 2000. He was also a county commissioner of Van Buren County from 2002-06. Darin left a positive impression on anyone whom ever came in contact with him. Darin was a beloved and devoted husband to Tami Lance. The couple conquered the business world side by side and also started a nonprofit, Fireflies and Hope foundation, after Darin’s near-fatal accident on May 5, 2016. He was preceded in death by cherished uncle Aubrey Turner. 

He is survived by his loving wife Tami Lance of Louisville, Tenn., children Mallory Dietz (Bradley), Miranda Nunes (Victor), Kiersten L. Laureano (Sebastion), John Linkous (Kourtney), Connor L. Shockley, Aislinn Lance, Jemima Ledbetter-Lance, Joseph D. Lance, J. Daiden Lance, grandchildren Adeline Dietz, Liam Shockley, Rowan Shockley, Maverick Dietz, Calen Shockley, Victor “Manny” Nunes, parents Joyce Argo (John) and Roger Lance, grandmother Pauline Lance, siblings Greg Lance and Janette Griffith, along with numerous loved cousins, uncles, aunts, and friends. Alongside being a faithful husband, loving father, and successful business man, Darin was a member of Faith Promise church, the University of Tennessee Master Beef Producer, and Viper Club of America. Darin’s fearless spirit also led him to earn a single-engine pilot license. A receiving of friends for Darin will be held Friday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rose Mortuary located on 1421 North Broadway Street, Knoxville, TN 37917.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations for Darin’s foundation, Fireflies and Hope. Online obituary may be viewed and condolences extended at

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) May 13, 2020