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 today serving with him on the Executive Board of the Chief Seattle Council, Boy Scouts of America. I always enjoyed seeing and talking with him. Del always had that sparkle in his eyes, very inquisitive and very thoughtful.
I recall getting to know Del as a new Chapter Chief when we rode in his Volkswagen Van together to Ocean Shores for an Order of the Arrow Leadership Retreat. During our ride he imparted to me a detailed history of the T’kope Kwiskwis Lodge, its values and goals. I received a quick lesson on how to be a successful Chapter Chief. Del was always calm, providing wisdom, great values and vision with humor even when there was chaos around him.
I was very interested in photography as a youth and recall Del had impressive Nikon photography equipment and produced outstanding slide shows of Scouting activities for our meetings. I remember Del providing me with many suggestions in how to frame pictures, the lighting and back lighting. We also enjoyed the arts, music and theater.
Del’s long friendship and advice meant a lot to me. I missed seeing him at the last few Board Meetings and will miss him forever.
It was an honor to know Del who made such a big impact on youth, the city, the county, the state and the world! – Doug Seto