Arkansas City native Darren Daulton died Aug. 6 at the age of 55.

Darren Daulton

Darren Daulton

Daulton, a former Major League Baseball player, arguably was one of Ark City’s greatest athletes.

He was drafted by the Philadephia Phillies in 1980 and played until 1997, ending his career with the Miami Marlins.

The Phillies’ success in the 1993 season often is credited to Daulton, who played catcher and was a team leader.

His cause of death has been reported as brain cancer, which he had battled since 2013.

He had two tumors removed during brain surgery on July 1, 2013, but nine days later, he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer that also took the lives of former teammate Tug McGraw and former coach John Vukovich, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Daulton’s fans across the nation have been posting about his death since it was announced.

“Darren Daulton was a wonderful gift from God to his family and to his hometown, bringing us all great pride and enjoyment as we watched him grow from a youngster into a fine young man and a world-class athlete,” said local resident Donnie Huffman. “Sincere condolences to his family.”

Daulton is survived by his parents, Dave and Carol Daulton, of Arkansas City; brother, Dave Daulton Jr., also of Arkansas City; wife, Amanda Daulton, of Clearwater, Florida; and four children, Zachary, Summer, Savannah and Darren Jr., all of Clearwater.

Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Darren Daulton Foundation, 1339 Chestnut St. Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA 19107.