Del and Juanita were longtime friends with my parents since college days. Del and Juanita were my Godparents. I always felt special and loved by them through the years. When I was a kid, Del used to joke about me coming to live with his family if I wasn't treated right in my own. There was a time or two when I was a young girl and felt misunderstood for some reason or another in my own family that I considered taking him up on his offer. What would he have said if I showed up on his doorstep with suitcase in hand?! I had lunch with Del and my mother last year when I was visiting San Diego. When saying goodbye, Del took me aside and told me how proud of me he was. I felt special and loved, and I will treasure his last words to me. Heartfelt condolences to Greg, Julie and Laurie, whom I have known since childhood; and, the rest of the extended family. He will be fondly remembered for all of my days. I'm truly a better person because Del was in my world.