J. Darrell Kirkley, retired in 2008, was the founder and co-owner of JDK Communications established in 1975. As a producer/director of corporate and industrial film and video shows, J. Darrell has worn many hats. From directing, co-writing, graphics designer, 3D animator, he has touched the many facets of production. Writing poetry has been a hobby as well as many other artistic endeavors such as painting, sculpturing, and computer digital arts.
He has studied with several noted fine art artist and attended live drawing classes at SMU. He has received over 35 ribbons for his paintings and drawings over the years. With his film and video production entries, he has been honored with numerous international accolades, such as; The Aurora, Platinum and Gold; The Tally Awards, Gold and Bronze, The Summit Awards, Gold and Silver, plus several others.
Mr. Kirkley is a holder of two U.S.A. patents (1982) for his Safety Light invention for runners and joggers. His painting “A Tribute to the Survivors of 9-11” was presented to New York City’s Mayor, Michael Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion in 2002 by the Mayor of Dallas, Texas. In 2004, due to a family tragedy, J. Darrell turned to poetry to help cope with his grief and as a release to help with the healing process. He now has a chapbook manuscript, “Stone Memory”, about the loss of his daughter, Marisa, his only child. He has been active with poetry workshops and open microphone readings for the past two years. He has had two poems published by e-publisher, Red River Review. Co-Author of homeless anthology book 2011: "From Under the Bridges of America".
A member of the Dallas Poets Community, since 2008, has designed four "Illya's Honey" Poetry Books for DPC publications. J. Darrell founded the “Poetic Friends of the Bridge” a national poetry contest, entry funds benefited "The Bridge", Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance.
J. Darrell was born on December 31, 1941 to parents; Donnie(McSwain) and Charlie P. Kirkley in Tyler, Texas. Two syblings, Charlene (Kirkley) Carter and William Douglas Kirkley.
J. Darrell Kirkley grew up in Daingerfield, Texas and moved to Dallas in 1961 after returning from Army Reserves act-ive duty at Ft. Knox, KY. He has resided in Dallas for the past 50 years, 42 of those years with his wife, Judy. They were married on May 10, 1969. One daughter born on Aptil 1, 1974. Marisa Ann Kirkley (1974-2004).
Brother Kirkley was raised a Master Mason in 1986 in Louis Preister Lodge #1150 by WM Sam Marshal. He was Instructed by PM, McLoed Stinnett. The lodge name, Louis Preister (for 25 years due to a grant) was changed back to Highland Park Lodge in 2006. J. Darrell is also a 32º Mason in the Scottish Rite Valley of Dallas.
J Darrell Kirkley, PM