Danny DeBoard, a lifelong resident of East Hampton and a longtime employee of the town Parks and Recreation Department, died of cancer on June 14 at Southampton Hospital. He had been diagnosed just a few weeks earlier.
Mr. DeBoard was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, who are the children of service members. His father, Sam DeBoard, was a World War II veteran.
An active member of the group, Mr. DeBoard often volunteered at events held at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett and enjoyed spending time there with friends, particularly Sidney Bye, whom he had known for more than 30 years, and his wife, Patty Bye.
He liked to cook, said Mr. DeBoard’s sister, Sandra DeBoard Vorpahl of East Hampton. His specialties included ribs, sweet potatoes, and potato salad. For some years, until fairly recently, her brother maintained their father’s tradition of an annual pig roast, Ms. Vorpahl said.
Born on Jan. 13, 1944, to Sam and Evelyn DeBoard, both now deceased, Mr. DeBoard grew up on Springs-Fireplace Road in East Hampton, where he continued to live. He graduated from East Hampton High School.
Besides his sister, he leaves a brother, LeRoy DeBoard of East Patchogue. Two other brothers predeceased him.
A wake was held on June 17 at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. A service was held the next day at Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton, where Mr. DeBoard attended services. The Rev. Carleton Giles, a first cousin whose pulpit is in Connecticut, presided.
Burial followed at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the American Legion Post 419, P.O. Box 1343, East Hampton 11937.