Bill Clinton is the youngest governor in the country. Atari just released an out-of-this world video game called Asteroids, and people are going bananas for Michael Jackson’s first solo album. The year is 1979 and Lynn Darling is just embarking on her 40-year career in title.
A social work major, Lynn began her career working with children. When that field dealt her one too many heartbreaks, she got hired at a title company because…she had good penmanship. “It’s true!” Lynn laughs. “I had a college degree, so they knew I could set goals and achieve them, and I had good penmanship. Back in the day, those records would be used forever and ever so they had to be legible.”
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November 1, 4-6 p.m.
Fidelity National Title Eagle Office
485 E. Riverside Drive #200, Eagle
Lynn may have gotten her big break because of her handwriting, but it was her sleuthing skills that really proved valuable. “At one time I wanted to be a history teacher, so I really like investigating the history of properties,” she says. “Some of the research we do goes back to the original pioneers who homesteaded properties in the late 1800s. Occasionally, I have people who are buying older homes in places like the North End or downtown Caldwell, and they ask me to try to find out about the original owners. That part of it is just fascinating to me.”
Our resident history buff is also a people buff, and her most memorable experiences on the job come from the all the people she has had the opportunity to meet. “This is just a really important time in buyers’ and sellers’ lives. I enjoy helping however I can.” Lynn also thrives on teaching the business to others. “I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of really bright young people who are the future of our industry. And I’ve taught some classes to real estate agents, which was also a great experience.”
A lot has changed in the Treasure Valley since Lynn moved here in the 1980s — including the need for good penmanship! “The product we provide hasn’t changed that much. The big change has been in way we prepare everything: we’ve gone from writing to hand-typing to computers and technology. It’s much more technology-driven.”
Lynn was recruited by the predecessor of FNT 17 years ago, and she’s going to miss the people and the work. But this seasoned pro is going out in style with an eight-day trip to Hawaii with her husband. They’ll also be spending plenty of time in Minnesota and Austin, visiting their kids and grandkids. Stop by Lynn’s retirement party and wish her well!