Remembering Del Loder

September 19, 1928 – November 10, 2019

Del’s Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 14th at the Longhouse at Camp Pigott.


Friends – it is with great sorrow and heavy hearts that we let you know that Del has come to the end of his life’s journey. On Sunday, November 10th, he died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, in the company of some who loved him. Plans for a celebration of his life are still being finalized, but will likely take place in Spring 2020.

We hope to both share with you and learn from you on this site. We’ll be providing updates to you on his status, and any gatherings. You will find links and resources we’ve gathered, celebrating Del’s incredibly varied accomplishments and relationships. We’d love to hear from you what Del meant in your life and what you remember most fondly. If you have pictures, please upload them to our shared photo drive.

Del has been a tremendous mentor, a tireless leader, a patron of the arts, a stalwart of the Boy Scouts, a link to our shared history, and a beloved friend. He is a national treasure, and we were beyond fortunate to get to spend so much time with him.

Share your memories of Del!

  • I first met Del when…
  • My favorite Del story is…
  • I remember when Del took me to…
  • A lesson I learned from Del was…

  • Uniforms, Inspiration & Baden-Powell

    December 7, 2019 by

    I first met Del at an Order of the Arrow function when I was a teenage Scout. That’s not surprising because Del was profoundly dedicated to the O/A and eventually received the O/A’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Back when I met Del he was still a young Scoutmaster in his 20s. Though Del could be… Read more

  • Fond Memories

    December 7, 2019 by

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Del’s loved ones. I met Del when I joined the Order of the Arrow and become the Chapter Chief of the Klahanie Chapter representing what is the Polaris District today. I have many fond memories of Del from those days when I was a youth leader continuing to… Read more

  • An Inspiration

    November 30, 2019 by

    I remember his speech at the 2009 NOAC. I was very moved by the speech, and I look it up occasionally on youtube. I did have a chance to meet him at the 2012 NOAC founders day event. I saw him walking and I knew exactly who it was. My lodge (Wagion Lodge 6) were… Read more

  • Lasting Legacy

    November 26, 2019 by

    I first met Del in 1974, when I was a young Eagle Scout and OA member. Del was the lodge advisor and i had just been asked to be a lodge vice chief. He was a true friend of Scouting. He was always there for a kind word or a great story! Although i hadn’t… Read more

  • In Thanksgiving to God for Del Loder

    November 23, 2019 by

     I was a Scouter in Chief Seattle Council with Del as Aurora District Chairman and member of the Council board. As an Eagle Scout, OA member and Silver Beaver holder also, I so valued, respected from Del. His friendship and leadership meant so much. I wrote this prayer in thanksgiving for Del. In Thanksgiving to… Read more

  • More memories

    November 23, 2019 by

    In the early ‘80’s I worked with Del in the KING TV Sales department. We scheduled commercials. One of the accounts I worked on always had last minute revisions which meant he had to make a change to the log by hand. The paper to process the change was a dark yellow color so it… Read more

  • Quick Remembrances

    November 12, 2019 by

     I first met Del at my 1972 NOAC Planning Conference at Schiff Scout Reservation. In 1977 we received the DSA award together . – Dennis Kohl  I did not know Del at all. He came to the same place my mother in law is at and I knew who he was. I always found him… Read more

  • Remembering Del Loder

    November 11, 2019 by

    Originally posted on My Truant Pen:
    The struggle of explaining my relationship with Del always started with how to describe him to people who didn’t know him. I usually settled on calling him my Godfather. It had the right ring of near-familial without blood-relation to it, and in some ways it was quite true. Of…

  • Introducing Gilbert & Sullivan

    November 10, 2019 by

    From Kay Johnstone Del was always a big part of the Johnstone family. I got to know Del through them when I was dating and eventually married Lindsey Johnstone. Del was always a wealth of information and comedy. He brought to my life 2 people that I would never have know about otherwise. Gilbert and… Read more

  • Saying Goodbye to Del

    November 10, 2019 by

    Friends – it is with great sorrow and heavy hearts that we let you know that Del is coming to the end of his life’s journey. As of Sunday, 11/10/19, he is receiving comfort care only at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.

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