Delbert Howard Taft

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Delbert Howard Taft

Delbert Howard Taft, 93, was born on November 10, 1917 to Ronald and Ethel Taft in Missoula, Montana and became a silent key on December 23, 2010.
Delbert graduated from Everett High School in 1934 ½. He received his Amateur Radio License in 1934 and that played a major role for the rest of his life. He was a longtime member of the Skagit Amateur Radio Club.
He served as a radioman in the Navy during WWII and then worked for his dad at Silverton, restarting the Concentrator and Mining at Weden Creek in the 1940s. Delbert installed the first two-way radio for Associated Sand and Gravel.
On October 20, 1950, he married Betty and they raised their family in the Everett/Arlington area. He started working at Jim Creek Naval Radio Station in 1956 as a Radio Mechanic until he retired in 1978. His favorite things were radio, fishing, radio, fixing things and he did a lot of volunteer work - Boy Scout leader, Boy Scout BBQ at the Arlington Heights Community Club, PTA, and he helped people prepare for their exams for the Amateur Radio License.
Delbert was preceded in death by his parents, Ronald and Ethel; his brothers, Bruce and Buddy; his sisters, Alice and Leorna; his daughter, Alice Mae; and his stepchildren, Howard Hooper and Bernice Stanley.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years. Betty; his sons, Arthur (Camy) and Edgar (Darlene); and daughters, Nancy and Brenda (Mike) Brovold; daughter-in-law, Charlotte Hooper; and son-in-law, Tim Stanley; along with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great- great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church, 730 East Highland Drive, Arlington, WA.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice.

Published in The Herald (Everett) on Jan. 19, 2011
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