Darl Easton was elected Chairman of the Tarrant County Republican Party in March of 2018. Darl has been politically active in numerous roles, starting as a Precinct Chair in 2009, and becoming an Area Leader for Texas House District 92 several years later, continuing in that capacity until his term as County Chairman in June 2018.
Darl grew up in Colebrook, Ohio, a small farming village east of Cleveland. He graduated from the Grand Valley High School in 1965, and enrolled in the Aeronautical Engineering Curriculum at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Dayton Beach, FL. He received his BS in 1968, and worked as an engineer for Northrop Corporation in Hawthorne, CA for a year before joining the U.S. Air Force in 1970.
2nd Lt. Easton completed Undergraduate Pilot Training in 1971 at Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, TX, and advanced training in the F-106 in early 1972 and was assigned to the 95th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron at Dover AFB, DE. Due to the transfer of the F-106 to Air National Guard later that year, 1st Lt. Easton subsequently transitioned to the OV-10 in early 1973 and was assigned to the Nakhon-Phantom Royal Thai Air Force Base performing duties as a Forward Air Controller in operations over Cambodia. Captain Easton returned from Thailand in 1974 and was once again assigned flight duties in the F-106 stationed at Minot Air Force Base, ND until 1976. Captain Easton completed graduate school at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA and awarded a Master’s Degree in Computer Science in 1978. Following three years of duty as a Computer System Analyst, Major Easton was reassigned to flight duties as an Instructor Pilot in the T-38 at Columbus AFB, MS in 1981. After serving in various leadership role at the Squadron, and Wing level, Major Easton was assigned to Air Training Command Headquarters as a system analyst in the Plans Division at Randolph AFB, TX. Following three years of duty at the Headquarters, Lieutenant Colonel Easton was assigned to the U. S. Military Group, U.S. Embassy, San Salvador, El Salvador as a Military Liaison to the Fuerza Aérea de El Salvador in the fall of 1988, the eighth year of the twelve year civil war. In January 1991, Lt. Col. Easton returned to Randalph AFB and retired in January 1992.
In March 1992 Darl was employed by Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA), completed First Officer flight training the Embraer 110 at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. ASA was the commuter airline for Delta Air Lines. In the five years of employment with ASA he also flew as a First Officer in the ATR-72 and as a Captain in the Embraer 120. In March 1997 Darl was hired by United Airlines and completed First Officer training for the Boeing 737 and retired in 2007.
Additionally, Darl has volunteered for many community service activities, including the VA Hospital in Dallas, TX; 6Stones Community Powered Revitalization (CPR) program, Empowering Seniors, Habitat for Humanity, and the North Texas Patriot Guard Riders.