Darrell Wise: Out on a Limb
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
DANVILLE — Disenchanted by his job as a delivery driver, Darrell Wise finally found the professional fulfillment he sought by going out on a limb. “Basically, I hated my job, so my wife suggested that I go back to school,” he explains. “That had been the plan when we first got married, but once we had kids and a mortgage, it seemed a lot less plausible. Eventually, I took her advice and enrolled at a local college. I decided to study horticulture, mainly because it sounded easy and interesting. It ended up being a lot more challenging than I expected, but I really enjoyed it and eventually earned a degree. After graduating, I wanted to put my degree to good use, so I started a tree service.”
Today, as owner of Tree Wise, Darrell appreciates the sense of fulfillment his revitalized career provides. “I love everything about what I do, from working outside to feeling the satisfaction of keeping my customers’ trees healthy. I also like being my own boss, and I take pride in having built a profitable business from the ground up. I was always meant to be self-employed—it just took me a while to realize it.”
Born and raised in the East Bay Area, Darrell resides in Danville with his wife, Joan. Outside of work, he enjoys a variety of pastimes, from reading to woodwork. “I’m an avid reader of everything from murder mysteries to historical biographies,” he details. “I also enjoy woodwork—I often make tables and other pieces with the wood harvested from tree removals.” Darrell also enjoys taking regular trips to Hawaii, as well as spending time with family. “Joan and I have two children and 10 grandchildren, so family time is big with us.”
In his life and career, Darrell espouses the practicality of honesty. “My number one philosophy is, ‘Be honest,’” he explains. “Besides being the morally correct way to live and work, it’s also a lot more practical. Lies have a tendency to get out of control, and a liar usually has to keep making up more lies just to keep his story straight. Frankly, it’s just a lot easier to be honest—plus, you sleep better at night.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Darrell says he’d stay busy. “If I had my way, I’d sell everything I have and move to Maui, but I’m not sure my wife would be on board with that. Most of all, I’d need to find ways to occupy my time. I’m the kind of person who likes to stay busy, so I wouldn’t do well just sitting around all the time.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: Reality TV or documentaries?
Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
A: Thanksgiving. It’s a lot like Christmas, but a whole lot less work.
Q: If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
A: The future. I’d love to see what my grandkids are going to inherit.
Q: Music or talk radio?
A: Talk radio, as long as it’s good talk radio. These days, that’s getting harder and harder to find.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
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A: Bacon, eggs and toast—your basic, all-American breakfast.