Darold grew up on the western side of Colorado in a small mining town. He played with tools and equipment as far back as he can remember, then in high school he took automotive repair. Following high school, he went into the National Guard as a Helicopter Mechanic and in the Army he was a mechanic. Darold got out of the Army in 1989 and went to work in Cleveland, OH as an Industrial Equipment Repairman. He had multiple medical procedures done on his legs, and came back to Fort Collins where he was finally able to get his legs back under him, and came to work for DRS.