Posted on January 16, 2010February 7, 2024 by Dale Phillips In Memoriam: Darlene Eddinger In Memoriam: Darlene Eddinger 1958 – 2012 by Chris Herrod Originally published in American Lutherie #113, 2013 Darlene Eddinger passed away after a long battle with cancer on December 27, 2012, at the age of fifty-four. For twenty-five years she worked as the purchasing manager at Luthiers Mercantile International (LMI). As part of the management team at LMI, she can be thanked for much of what the company has offered the world of guitar making. Her warmth, humor, and her professionalism made a lasting impression on all those who were fortunate enough to meet her and work with her. LMI’s many vendors, customers, and her fellow employees grew accustomed to her smile and her friendship over the years, and her absence is deeply felt. Even as her illness progressed, Darlene continued to work and greet people with her characteristic sweetness and equanimity. A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Darlene valued her family most of all. She will be missed and remembered fondly. Darlene Eddinger (right) and Natalie Swango after their auction victory at the 2008 GAL Convention. Photo by Hap Newsom.