Oakmont Mortuary - Lafayette
2099 Reliez Valley Rd.
Lafayette, CA 94549

Delbert William Hendrix

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Delbert William Hendrix Nov. 21, 1934 ~ Jan. 16, 2010 Resident of Pleasant Hill Delbert William Hendrix (Del) was born on November 21, 1934, in Calexico, California, to George Lee Hendrix and Lores Thelma (Spear) Hendrix. On January 16, 2010, he passed away at his home in Pleasant Hill, California. He was 75. Del is survived by his cherished wife of 48 years Mary-Louise; his brother Donald, of Redmond, Oregon; his dear children Susan (Gary), Leslie (Duncan), Doug (Kathrin), and Valerie (Sue); and his ten beloved grandchildren Matthew, Daniel, Paul, Winston, Stephani, Malcolm, Jeffrey, Byron, Emmett, and Philippa. Del attended elementary school in Weiser, Idaho, Vancouver, Washington, and Holtville, California; went to high school in Holtville; earned his AA at Imperial Valley College in El Centro; and received his BA in history at the University of California, Riverside, where he played on the football team and was involved in the student council. After graduation he entered the Naval Officers Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Naval Reserve. His first duty was aboard the destroyer USS Mullany DD-528 out of San Diego with deployment to the Far East for four years. After his tour of duty on the Mullany, he entered Russian language school in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation, he ws given orders for Naval Security Group in Kami Seya, Japan. During the Cold War, he served in this capacity for three years as a Russian language translator on three submarines, two aircraft carriers, and many Super Constellation spy planes. This duty is described in some detail in the Sherry Sontag and Christopher Drew book, Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage. Del left the Navy as a lieutenant. Afterward, Del was an IBM systems engineer for 28 years. He began his career in the Army Programs in Washington, D.C., and in the Presidio in San Francisco. He also worked at the IBM laboratory at Uithoorn in the Netherlands, and in Raleigh, North Carolina. He spent the majority of his career with IBM working in the San Francisco Bay Area, first assigned to Bank of America and then Chevron. After retirement from IBM, he performed contract work for a number of years. In his retirement, Del delighted in caring for his grandchildren and was always there at a moment's notice. He was a comfort and a loving constant to all. He also fed his passion for history through avid book-reading. His breakfast traditions of mouth-watering waffles and sourdough biscuits and English muffins will be remembered and carried on. The family requests that in lieu of flowers you make a donation in his name to We Care: (925) 671-0777, an organization for children with special needs. Family and friends are invited to attend the memorial service, which will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2010, at 1pm, at Oakmont Memorial Park and Mortuary, 2099 Reliez Valley Road, Lafayette, CA (925) 935-3311.

Published in Contra Costa Times from Jan. 20 to Jan. 23, 2010
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