Darrell was born on March 5, 1930 to Lauritz and Emma Jacobsen Carlsen in Clarks Grove, MN. He attended rural school # 23. Darrell worked on the family farm and farmed in Freeborn County all of his life. He was united in marriage to Joann Martinson on February 12, 1950 in Scarville, IA. Darrell retired from farming in 1976. He enjoyed milking cows, plowing for area farmers, playing cards, fishing and being with his family and friends. Darrell was a member of Central Freeborn Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife, Joann; children, James "Jim" Lezlie Carlsen of Albert Lea, Randall Sandra Carlsen of Elysian, MN, and Cathy Phillip Hensche of Clarks Grove; grandchildren, Marcy Thompson, Teresa Rohl, Lacy Carlsen, Erin Carlsen, Krystal Carlsen, Cassie Carlsen, Tracey Carlsen, Jamie Hensche, Jeremy Hensche, Jason Hensche, and Lorrie Hensche; 8 great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Sabinish of Albert Lea; brother, Ronald Evelyn Carlsen of Albert Lea; Joann's family; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Darrell was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Amy Jo; brothers-in-law, Richard Sabinish and Milford Martinson; a brother and sister in infancy.