Tributes paid to “larger than life” Ipswich man Dan Jarmin, 26, after death in Australia

Dan Jarmin with girlfriend Hayley Baker-Covey

Dan Jarmin with girlfriend Hayley Baker-Covey - Credit: Archant

The family of a well-loved 26-year-old have paid tribute to his “larger than life” character after he died in a car crash in Australia.

From left, siblings Ben, Sam and Dan Jarmin

From left, siblings Ben, Sam and Dan Jarmin - Credit: Archant

Dan Jarmin, from Ipswich, had been working on a farm in Alice Springs when he was involved in a single-car crash at around 3pm local time on Wednesday.

Paying tribute, brother Ben Jarmin, 27, said: “Daniel is well-known and well-loved around Ipswich – he truly was a larger than life character.

“He never worried about things and he always cared about those in his life. His sense of humour was the pinnacle of his aura, always getting the best out of any situation.

“There’s no-one on this planet who can ever replace my brother and my friend. He will always be remembered by the lives he touched.”

Dad Martin Jarmin added: “He was a shining light and left warmth where ever he went. I am so proud of him.”

The former Northgate High School and Suffolk New College student decided to go travelling in Australia last year with his girlfriend Hayley Baker-Covey. After returning home for a few months Dan returned to Australia where he got a job working on a farm in Alice Springs.

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Dozens of friends have paid tribute to him on social media, celebrating “a lovely human being” who was “always looking out for his friends” and “a true gentleman” who was “such a beautiful person inside and out”.

Dan had worked at Haven Power for four years before he made the move to go travelling last year.

A Haven Power spokeswoman said: “All of us at Haven are deeply saddened at the news of Dan’s accident. Dan worked at Haven between 2011 and 2015 and had many friends here. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this very difficult time.”

Ben added: “My favourite memory of Daniel was sitting in a restaurant on my birthday earlier this year thinking Dan was in Australia then looking across the tables I saw my brother walking towards me. Although his death has caused our hearts to ache we can find solace in the fact he knew he was well-loved by everyone around him. We will miss him every second.”

The family is now going through the process of bringing Dan’s body home.

A justgiving page has been set up by family friend Joe Targan in a bid to help cover the costs the family will face.

Ben added: “I am so thankful to all of you, your messages, likes, phone calls, visits, whatever you have done to pass your message really means a lot to all of us and we are forever thankful to each and every one of you for this.”

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