Darwin Dalice DuPree, 49, of Kansas City, MO passed away suddenly December 1, 2019. He was born June 22, 1970 in Kansas City, MO, the son of Darwin D. and Donna J. (Wells) DuPree. They survive of Kansas City, MO.
Darwin graduated from Maur Hill Catholic High School in Atchison, KS. He earned his B.S. in Psychology & Drama from St. Mary’s College in Leavenworth, KS; and later earned a Masters in Theatre from Oklahoma City University.
Darwin worked in several roles with the Kansas City Missouri Police Department (KCPD) and the Scottsdale Police Department in Scottsdale, Arizona. He received numerous awards, including an Achievement and Life Safety Award from the City of Scottsdale for thwarting a bank robbery and chasing down a suspect with a bomb.
Darwin returned to Kansas City in Fall 2008 after meeting the love of his life, Debra Jean Duermyer.
Lt. DuPree joined Honeywell FM&T National Security Campus in 2012 and currently served as a Training Lieutenant for Protective Force. He provided leadership and training to the protective force officers, dispatchers and command staff to ensure effective execution of federal and institutional requirements.
Lt. DuPree was one of 15 Kansas Citians honored as Black Achievers at the 2019 Black Achievers Society Awards of 2019. The annual event serves as part of the city-wide celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
He married Debra Jean Duermyer on June 8, 2011 in Coronado Beach, CA. In addition to Debbie and his parents, Darwin leaves three children to cherish his memory: Mariah Renae Brown; Christopher Xavier DuPree; and Taylor Imani DuPree; two sisters: Theressa DuPree and Arimeta DuPree; 4 nieces and 1 nephew, along with many other family members and friends.
His great big smile and gentle, loving spirit will be missed by all who knew Darwin. Not to mention his famous chicken wings, big booming voice yelling for his kids at countless track meets across the country, and his affinity for science fiction movies. Darwin brought joy into the lives he touched. His faith in God gave him the strength to persevere through hard times and live a joyful, happy life.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 5, 2019 at St. Monica Catholic Church 1616 Paseo Blvd. Kansas City, MO. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 6, 2019. Following the Mass on Friday a formal funeral procession will depart for Resurrection North Cemetery in Kansas City, MO, where a Committal Service will be held.
Memorial Contributions are suggested to the Family to assist with his children’s educational needs. Memories of Darwin and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com