Remembering Don DeLay
Don L. Delay died April 17, 2013. He graduated from St. Edmonds High School in Eunice, LA, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, was recruited for the Special Forces Rifle and Pistol Team, and was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base.
After returning to civilian life, he became a terminal manager before being recruited into the floor covering industry in Houston where he advanced to Vice President of the Stephens Distributing Company and became a successful floor covering agent.
Don and his wife, Dianne, enjoyed yachting and were active members of Lakewood Yacht Club. Don was also an avid world traveler, furthering his love of history and people.
Upon retirement, Don enjoyed spending time with friends and family on Key Allegro Island in Rockport, TX. He later returned to his boyhood passion by becoming a rancher in Goliad, TX and quickly fell in love with the people of Goliad. After a short time, when someone asked Don where he was from, he simply said "Goliad" with pride and a big smile. Don adopted four "wild mustangs", the first members of his ranch animal haven that he loved to share with family and friends. He often said when he found the ranch, he found himself.
Don was always quick to say thank you for even the smallest kindness. He had the gift of making everyone feel special. With infectious enthusiasm, he lived life to the fullest.
Don was preceded in death by his father and mother, John and Dolly DeLay. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 33 years, Dianne Dean DeLay, his daughters Stephanie DeLay Edmiston (Bobby), and Jessica DeLay Frankel (Mike), his grandchildren, Ashley Edmiston, Jesse Edmiston, Hannah Tilley and Peyton Tilley, his brother George B. DeLay (Tina), his brother-in-law Don Dean (Cindy), mother of his daughters Joycelyn Bertrand DeLay, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many compassionate friends.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 21, at 1:00 p.m. at the Goliad Funeral Home. Don's love for his wife, family, friends and animals kept him going during challenging days. He felt he was the luckiest man to have so many friends and health care professionals who helped him continue 'living the dream' during his 4+ year courageous cancer battle. The family is deeply grateful to each and every one.
In appreciation, Don wants his friends to join the family in a special time to share memories and enjoy good food. A Celebration of Life Reception will be held at the Goliad Club following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Goliad Pet Adoption or The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota.
Published in Shreveport Times on Apr. 19, 2013