Robert L. Darling

Grand Master

North Star Lodge No. 23

MWB Robert L. Darling, “Bob”, was born on February 17, 1956 in Mattoon, Illinois. His parents were Russell D. and Theresa D. Darling.  They lived in Greenup, IL.  The family moved from Greenup to Decatur, IL and then to Maroa, IL where he attended the Maroa Elementary and Maroa-Forsyth High School.  After graduating from the high school in mid-year, Bob enrolled and attended Illinois State University located in Normal Illinois.  In December 1976, he graduated with a B.S. Degree in Industrial Technology.

Bob has worked for numerous companies including Caterpillar Inc. in Decatur, IL; Baldwin Associates, Clinton, IL; Schrock Cabinets/An Electrolux Company, Arthur, Il, Electrolux Home Products, St. Cloud, MN. He is currently employed with the State of Minnesota, Department of Labor and Industry, OSHA Enforcement as a Safety Investigator Principal, and has worked for since 2003.

MWB Bob has been a Master Mason for 28 years. He was initiated on November 23, 1987; Passed to a Fellowcraft on December 12, 1987; and was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason on January 9, 1988 by Maroa Lodge No. 454, in Maroa, Illinois. He was raised by his father-In-law, W. Brother Larry Austin, who was the Master of Maroa Lodge No. 454 at that time. He was appointed to the offices of Junior Steward and Junior Deacon while at Maroa Lodge No. 454.

After relocating to Minnesota in 1990, he immediately became involved with North Star Lodge No. 23, where he became a dual member. In January 1996 Bob was installed as W. Master of North Star Lodge No. 23. He and his wife, Kathy were active with the St. Cloud Chapter of DeMolay (Including becoming a DeMolay Dad) and St. Cloud Job’s Daughters, Bethel Chapter No. 11 (escorts).   He also became a plural member with Monticello Lodge #16 located in Monticello, Minnesota.

M. W. Brother Charles Luman appointed him as a Grand Lodge District Representative.  He served as a District Representative until 2001 when M.W. Brother Roger Taylor appointed him as the Grand Pursuivant.  In 2003, he stepped away from being actively involved with the Grand Lodge due to his father’s health and the demands of his personal work duties.  He was reappointed as a District Representative and served in that position until 2009, when Past Grand Master Tom McCarthy made the appointment of W. Brother Robert “Bob” Darling as Junior Grand Steward.

He also has membership with Royal Arch Masonry, Scottish Rite Masonry, Osman Shrine, St. Cloud Shrine Club, and Order of Eastern Star.  In 2015, MWB was honored by receiving his KCCH (Red Hat) from the Scottish Rite.

He and his wife Kathy live in Becker, Minnesota and have been married since December 1979.  Their only son Matthew, his wife Annie, and their daughters Brynn, Cailin, and Marin live in Sartell, Minnesota.  Besides spoiling the grandchildren, and his love for the craft, he enjoys camping, hunting, fishing, and woodworking.

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