Darlene (Scott) Kerr
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Darlene (Scott) Kerr

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Darlene D. Kerr formerly Scott aka Cobb, Fetko
Born 1940s.
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Sister of [private brother (unknown - unknown)] [half] and [private brother (1950s - unknown)]
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Birth and Early Life

J. Darlene Scott was the first born child of Jack Elliott Scott and Virginia Margaret Wheeler in 1942 in Los Angeles, California, United States.


  1. Jack Elliott Scott II still living.

I attended so many elementary schools due to my father's occupation that there is no record and I remember very little about them, including names. We often moved in just a matter of months. My brother Jack Elliott Scott II was born in 1950 in Los Angeles, California when we lived on Nelson Avenue in Redondo Beach, Los Angeles, California. Within a few years of his birth, the family moved to Dallas, Texas and to Fort Worth, Texas and to New Jersey, Kansas and Minnesota. Each time we returned to California for a short time. In 1959 we moved to Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, California, a small and beautiful community with almost perfect year round mediterranean climate.

Main Street Rancho Santa Fe

We remained there for a number of years. I attended San Dieguito High School in Encinitas, San Diego, California during my freshman and sophomore years, went to Boydens private school in downtown San Diego for part of my junior year and then to Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles, California for the remainder of that year while living with my maternal grandparents in Manhattan Beach. During my senior year, I lived at home with my mother and brother, Jack, and graduated from San Dieguito. During this time I met the man I was to marry and we dated through most of my senior year in high school while he was home for a break from college in New Mexico. His family had recently moved to Rancho from Dobbs Ferry, New York.

Bill Cobb, in white jacket, & Darlene Scott, in black dress & pearls, in Rancho Santa Fe at party. All couples shown here married within a few months.

First Marriage and Family

I was first married to William Warren Cobb in 1960 and we moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where our son William Scott Cobb was born. Scott is our only child. Soon after Scott's birth, we moved back to Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, California and lived with Bill's parents for a short time until we got our own apartment and Bill returned to school to get his degrees, first in Botany and then as a teacher. I must say here that my husband, Michael and I are the best of friends with Bill and his now wife, Robey. Robey likes to say that we are wife-in-laws. Bill, Scott and I spent a lot of time camping in the Sierra Nevadas, fishing, skiing, hiking and traveling to other places in the United States. We seemed to move a lot, but that was due to changes in finances, schooling, family responsibilities (I was given custody of my brother Jack when I was 20). Bill and I divorced in July 1976 in San Diego, California.

Education and Work Life

I had returned to school to obtain a college degree while I was still married to Bill taking a few classes at a time, but by 1977 I was able to take a full load of classes at San Diego State University while working at the University of California San Diego in La Jolla. I was working with the art department in the library and obtained a BA in that field with a minor in psychology. I Continued to work at UCSD for a number of years. For me, that combination of art and history were perfect.

Second Marriage

In 1989 I married Dr. Dennis Fetko, an animal behaviorist. I had switched to selling real estate in order to get ahead financially, but we discovered that he and I worked well together in his field; so I became his assistant, wife, office manager, and his co-host on our radio program about animals. Dennis and I did a lot of community service work that involved the animal-people bond and relationship. We traveled the world, mostly working. New Zealand, Australia and Italy are my favorite places and Saudi Arabia the least favorite. He was hired as the Director of the National Wildlife Reserve based in Taif, Saudi Arabia, under the auspices of the San Diego Zoological Society, to facilitate the reintroduction of the Arabian Oryx into the wild. The Oryx are a reclusive animal that had been hunted to extinction. Not the brink of extinction, extinction in the wild. The few living animals had been in zoos and preserves. The herd in Saudi Arabia had contracted Tuberculosis. [1] Humans didn't know much about the animal. Our job was to study them and put together a program that would allow animals to be successfully introduced to the wild. I spent most of my days with the young animals of the C herd, taking notes and making suggestions based on my observations of their natural habits. For instance, the Wildlife personnel had been having difficulty in transitioning animals from the very small protective holding areas where newborns were kept to the larger areas where they would be able to graze. It was interesting and rewarding work. Most enjoyable were the interactions with the Bedouin tribesmen who would eventually be their caretakers. For them to have to deal with women under any circumstances was problematic at best. Many adventures were had by all! Dennis implemented procedures that eventually led to a successful reintroduction. I got to be a cog in that wheel and found it one of the most rewarding experiences in my life in spite of the difficulties with the culture. We lived on the Wildlife Reserve with an International staff. I made friends with some of the Saudis and had many a long discussion on the differences in our cultures. I absolutely owe my life to the quick thinking of my brave Bedouin driver on one memorable occasion.

Arabian Oryx in Israel


The good memories of my time in this horribly prohibitive culture are the wonderful smell when you walk through the spice souk (market place) and the peculiar feeling of knocking aside gold chains and belts and other beautiful things hanging from the ceilings in the little gold shops walking through the gold souk. There was a prince who befriended us because we helped him get medical help for his precious horses. On many occassions we went to his horse farm and were served dinner (which went well into the early morning when it was Ramadan) often sitting outside on gorgeous huge Persian rugs with banquets for your back. Very tall black Sudanese slaves (it's supposed to be an illegal practice there, but they openly admit to doing it) served our food and drink. Our discussions with the prince and his brother were open and enlightening.

We were there a little less than six months. The longest six months of my life. I don't think it's probably wise to go into my thoughts on the treatment of people let alone women in Saudi Arabia. Let's just say it isn't on my list of places to return to ever. Boy do we have a lot to be grateful for in this country. And we need to guard it with our last breath of life. We who are interested in genealogy have it driven home to us every day just how much our forefathers and foremothers had to sacrifice to give us what we have. I guess this is particularly poignant as I write today, Thanksgiving 2013.

Third Marriage and Retirement Years

My best friend since we were 14 and 15 years old is Terry Ruth Kerr. Her brother, Lt. Col. Michael Scott Kerr, was a 19 year old in the United States Marine Corps when I met him. We have been friends forever it seems like.

Michael at Air Command & Staff College in 1978

We got together late in life and married in Washington state in 2001. I gained two stepdaughters, Nadia Kerr Palmer and Tovah Kerr Whitesell and Michael gained a stepson, Scott and a grandson, David Scott Cobb. All in all not a bad deal. We moved from Washington state to Nevada where we reside with our Japanese Spitz, Suki.

Suki Kerr.

We both love to travel and have been to England several times, Scotland, Germany and to Hawaii more times than I like. Michael loves it there. He was a POW in Hanoi (a reconnaissance pilot in the United States Air Force by then and later a fighter pilot) for over 6 years. Due to the greater number of physical problems that he faces each year from all of that starvation and torture, we travel less these days. I must say that he is one of the most cheerful and upbeat people I have ever known and I really don't know how he manages it after all of that. Having met some of his fellow "jailbirds" as they call themselves, their ebullience and joy in life seems to run rampant throughout their ranks.


  • California Birth Certificate.
  • Nevada Marriage License.
  • San Diego, California Divorce Decree.
  • San Diego Marriage License.
  • San Diego, California Divorce Decree
  • Washington State Marriage License and Certificate.
  • San Diego State University Degree.
  • Don't need 'em. I was there!
  • First-hand information. Entered by Darlene Scott at registration.


  1. Please see explanations of situation below.
  2. Photo was taken by Tamar Assaf. The Oryx is a medium sized antelope with long, straight horns. They were extinct in the wild, but saved by various zoos and private preserves. The small herd that was sent to Saudi Arabia contracted tuberculosis. Ordinarily any animal with tuberculosis would be euthanized, but these were some of the most valuable animals on earth because the gene pool was now so small. Talk about genealogy! You wouldn't believe what they had to do to make a strong genetic balance with such limited resources. A team of scientists from all over the world devised a plan to save them by putting medicine that would control the disease in their feed. TB is never gone. It hides in the spinal column for the rest of the animal's life whether or not they are symptomatic, but the medicine controlled the disease enough to allow them to lead useful and comfortable lives and most importantly, to breed. The problem was that if the mother so much as breathed on the newborn calf, the calf would probably get TB. The calves were pulled from the mother in the A herd (herd with TB) before she could lick them or nurse them. These calves were the B herd. The C herd were from breeding B herd members. The reason for this is the incredibly contagious nature of Tuberculosis. No risks could be taken with these valuable animals. So, you can see, those infants didn't really know much about being Oryx without parents teaching them the ropes. If humans interact too much, the animal imprints and will never be successful on its own. There was a fine and very interesting line that had to be drawn and it was our job to figure it out and then implement so that their Bedouin caretakers would be able to understand and take over the process. During my many long hours with the C herd, I figured out that if I didn't feed the babies or do any of the fundamental care taking, I could sit with them reading or writing for a short time and they found enough comfort with my presence that they would venture out into their bigger lodgings and adjust faster; so at a very young age certain people did hands-on care and others made their presence known as they did other clean-up or chores in the pens. They didn't imprint. I was like a fixture that was familiar. The elderly male Saudi royal family members would just about faint when they saw a "woman" in with the animals because of the long horns. They really had a lot to say about the fact that I was in my work clothes without the obligatory abaya (black tent) covering myself. Fortunately, they couldn't do anything to me as we were under the protective wing of the late Prince Saud al Faisal, the Saudi Foreign Minister. He understood that I was part of the package and assisted my husband in his work and could do things that he didn't have time to do.


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Wiki Will

In the event of my death or inability to continue, I would like to make the following provisions for the future of the profiles I manage. I would like my stepdaughter, Tovah Briana Kerr (Whitesell), who is a member and on each of these Trusted Lists now, to be the PM on the following:

Michael Scott Kerr, my husband
Darlene Scott Kerr, myself
William Scott Cobb, son
William Warren Cobb, son's father
David Scott Cobb, grandson
Nadia Shauntel Kerr (Palmer), stepdaughter

In the event of my death or inability to proceed, I would like all other profiles, public or private, that I now manage to be handled by:

Terry Wright
Paula J
Mary Richardson

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Hi Darlene

This is the time for the annual 2024 check in with members of the Military and War Project. Have you been active during the last six months in the Military and War Project? Do you want to remain working with this project? Note that it is a requirement to respond to the Military and War Project Check-ins. Please respond to this message by clicking the reply button below this message, to post your answer. I look forward to hearing from you..

Many thanks,

Mary, Project Coordinator, Military & War

posted by Mary Richardson

It's time for a six month Military and War Project check-in with all members. Have you been active in the last six months? Please note that it is a requirement for membership in the Military and War Project that you respond to these check-ins. To make bookkeeping easier, just click Reply to this message on your own page, add your reply, then SAVE. I look forward to hearing from you..

Many thanks,

Mary~ Project Coordinator, Military and War Project

posted by Mary Richardson
Hello Mary,

Yes, I still work on things now and then. My time is more limited, but I would like to remain on the active list. Thank you. Be well,


posted by Darlene (Scott) Kerr
Thanks Darlene for replying to the Military and War check in. I marked you active. Have a good 6 months.


posted by Mary Richardson
Dear Darlene,

The Profile Improvement Project (PIP) is performing its first annual check-in with our project members. Please review the following and let us know if you are content where we have placed you or would like to be more involved.

We are in the process of transitioning to a team structure. There will be three participant PIP Teams to start -- The Maintenance Category Team, the Unknowns Team, and the Biography Team. There is also the Voyage Team who guide new Voyagers. See the Profile Improvement Project Teams for a brief outline of each team. You're currently identified as a member of the Biography Team Level 1, working on profiles from your own watchlist and whatever else you find. Biography Teams Levels 2 and 3 will work on designated profiles for notables (Level 3) and everyday people (Level 2). Please let us know if you would like to help with another Team.

You joined the Project before the Voyage started in late 2018. We would like to invite you to consider a "fast track" Voyage, especially if you would like to work at a higher level on the Biography Team. If you’re interested, choose a profile ‘’’from your own watchlist’’’ that you have completed to the best of your ability and compare it to the Voyage Biography Standards. If your profile is at Level 2 or better, include a link to the profile in your response to this check-in for a “fast track” review.

We would also like to invite you to join the email GoogleGroup and text chat Discord channel for our project. (When you request to join our GoogleGroup, please be sure to include your Wiki ID). Neither is required; we also use Profile_Improvement in G2G for Project announcements. You will find more information on the GoogleGroup.

We thank you for all you do to help the Profile Improvement Project and WikiTree. The Project’s mission is to:

Make profiles beautiful! We clean up messy biography sections and sources, and try to set standards for attractive, useful, and well-written biographies, starting with those we manage.

We know you’re working on profiles *smile* We would like to hear about successes you’ve had toward the Project’s goals. We would also appreciate any feedback you might have to help us improve the Project. Please share your thoughts in a reply to this comment or privately via private message to either of us.


Debi Hoag and Robin Shaules Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Robin (Dodge) Shaules
Hello, Darlene,

Thank you for taking the time to respond.

I wish you and your vet well and am glad to hear Mary and Paula are able to help when needed.

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Hello, Darlene,

On behalf of the Military and War Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members.

First, we want to thank you for your past participation in the Military and War Project. We appreciate your desire to honor your ancestors for their service to their countries, or even for your service, wherever in the world. We hope that your membership has enhanced your WikiTree experience.

Please let me know, by commenting on my profile or sending a private message, if you are still active in the project, and if so, in which ways you have contributed to the main project or a sub-project within the last two months.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Hi, I see exactly how the underscores in category name happened. It was from copying the category string from the cemetery category page. So I know not to do that anymore. I only did a hand-full of others and will go through my "contributions" to ensure no others got the underscores. I now also see the benefit of the leading colon on Category string when using in the body of the bio. I had never seen that done before. Thank you!
posted by Teresa Downey
Hi Cuz!
posted by Teresa Downey
Your name showed up in my Wiki Genealogy Feed. Knowing that we both have maiden names Scott, and I know some of our family Scotts moved to California, (I'm tracing them from Georgia to Louisiana and Texas) I had to check to see if we were related. We are! 9th cousins twice removed. But would you have guessed it? The link is from both of our maternal side. Genealogy is a fascinating thing!
Hi Darlene, Thanks for fixing my entries on the KIA Honor Roll. BTW - You are the first cousin I have met through Wikitree! :-)
posted by Valmay Young
Hi Darlene, Jacob Saylor was located in Clay Township, Carroll County, Indiana in the 1860 US Census. It's a little hard to distinguish the post office but it looks like it is Featherhoffs Mills.
posted by Dina Grozev
Benjamin Franklin was a representative to the second continental congress. There were three incarnations of what is usually considered the continental congress. The second, called in 1775, was the most signficant, and is what most people today think of as "The Continental Congress".

If you google "continental congress" and look at the list of representatives (that does not include Franklin) it is very easy to miss the fact that it's actually the list for the First Continental Congress. You have to dig a bit further to find the list of delegates to the Second. It does not help that all the delegates for the First also attended the Second. It is the additional folks attending the Second, such as Franklin, and Jefferson that made it so special.

posted by George Franklin
Thanks so much for your help with that Texas category, appreciate it!!
Hi Darlene, thanks for the work you have done on the profile of Susan Colby. I was wondering if you have more information on the sources used for her name. I have never seen the Judith part of it. Also, I have been unable to find the parents of her husband Samuel Estabrooks. Do you have any possible leads on him?
posted by Brian Lamothe