Delvin Kelty
1945 - 2019
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"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
By Del's favorite author, Dr. Seuss
The most warm, wonderful and bear-of-a-man has started a new adventure. Anyone who knew Del knew how much he loved traveling and seeing this amazing world. He leaves behind the love of his life, Charlene (Charley), who from the moment they met knew that they would never be apart and were together for over 43 years.
Del also leaves behind 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Daughter, Michele, and Son-in-Law, Sam Leaf and their twin boys, Logan and Evan, who affectionately call him Pop-Pop. Son, Scott, and Daughter-in-Law, Azure Kelty and their 2 children, Jeremy and Sierra, who lovingly call him Grandpa, and Son, Josh Kelty, and Son-in-Law, Greg Malloy.
Del was born in Pasadena, Ca. to Elaine and Dan Kelty and was one of four sons, David, Darrel, Del and Danny.
Del also leaves behind many wonderful friends and his racquetball geezers (RBG's).
Del was the retired Chief of Security and Investigations for the Placer County Department of Health and Human Services. He has 34 years of law enforcement experience, as a Los Angeles Co. Deputy Sheriff, a Sacramento Co. Deputy Sheriff, and an Investigator with the Placer Co. District Attorney's Office.
Del served 25 years in the military, 10 years as a Corpsman with the Marine Corps and 15 years as a Medic with the Nevada Air National Guard.
From 1985-2017, he was an instructor and consultant for U.C. Davis presenting training to law enforcement officers and social service workers.
He has given presentations in 47 of the 58 California Counties and 2 other States, Colorado and Hawaii.
Del was very passionate about the gift of blood donations. Given his strong belief, he had donated 26.5 gallons over his lifetime. In honor of Del's extraordinary blood donation efforts, please consider making a donation to your local blood bank or your favorite charity in his name.
From his wife, Charley, "Honey, I love you to the moon and back." "It's all good."
"End of watch 7/3/19 at 07:15, we will take it from here."
Published in "Folsom Telegraph, The" on Aug. 5, 2019.
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August 20, 2019
Del Kelty was one of the finest men I ever knew. We met soon after we both moved to Christian Valley. We worked on mutual cases, cut firewood together, went on fishing trips, played cards, watched our families grow up together, played handball together, told each other lousy jokes...I was so sad to learn he died. I admired his sense of humor, his work ethic, his devotion to family and his long marriage to sweet Charley. Rest easy, Del, and God bless the Kelty clan.
Ken Englund
August 15, 2019
To the Kelty family, I send my sincere condolences. I went to school with Scott and had the pleasure of working with Del at the County. Torn to hear of his passing. Del was an all-around, great human being. He will be missed! God Bless.
Jenny Stout-Brimhall
August 15, 2019
I worked for Del only for 1 1/2 years, but worked indirectly with him even after retired. I loved Del as a great human. We had a lot of fun and he listened as a friend. He will be missed.
Cathy McCartney
August 10, 2019
Del and I grew up together as we were more than just cousin, he was my younger brother. Living only four doors away we spent many days together. Building forts in a vacant lot or exploring through the bamboo forest along the local wash. From Cub Scouts to High School Football, attending Pasadena City College and Navy Booth Camp at the same time. Our lives were always connected. I will always have the many memories of happy and special moments in my life that I spent with him. I miss you Del.
George Goold
August 10, 2019
It took about thirty seconds for me to decide I liked Del. He was a very welcoming soul and I only regret I didn't meet him earlier in my life. Such a kind man! I'm truly sorry for the loss to all who knew him and I am so glad I got to meet him and the Kelty family! Rest in peace.
Mark Newkirk
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