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Delbert Leon Hiatt

August 28, 1931 June 16, 2010
Delbert Leon Hiatt
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In loving memory we say goodbye to Delbert Leon Hiatt, who passed away on June 16, 2010, after a long spirited fight against Alzheimers. He is survived by his wife, soul mate, and cherished companion of 57 years, Thelma, his two sons Steven and Brian, their wives Karen and Heather, his 6 grandchildren whom he adored deeply, his two sisters, his brother-in-law, and numerous nephews and nieces. Del was preceded in death by his dear son, Frank. We will miss his infectious smile, honest laugh, and ability to enjoy lifes simple pleasures of family, travel, and golf.
Del was born in Pleasanton, Kansas, on August 28, 1931. The oldest of 5, he spent his childhood along the Kansas-Missouri border, splitting time between Kansas City and his beloved grandparents farm. At the age of 17, he joined the Army and served his country for 20 years, traveling and living the world over. One of his early stops included a posting in San Francisco where he would meet and marry his wife. After a whirlwind romance of 6 weeks, Del and Thelma celebrated 57 years together this past March 1. Despite dropping out of school in the 6th grade, Del earned his GED while serving his country and retired as a Staff Sergeant (E6).
Over the next 30 years, Del lived in Vacaville and worked for Canada Dry, RC Cola, and 7-Up as a medium-haul and local delivery truck driver. He was a proud member of the Teamsters and Masons, believing both organizations were built to help others. After retiring for the second time, Del worked at the Green Tree Golf Course for 8 years as a marshal, making sure his fairways and greens were kept nice for his and Thelmas own golf outings.
Memorial services will be held at the McCune Garden Chapel in Vacaville at 10am, Monday June 28, 2010, followed by interment at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations towards the fights against Alzheimers or cancer.
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