Delbert Allen Duchesne (Del), passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at the age of 71. He was a long-time resident of South Weber, Utah. Born in Winsted, Connecticut to Delbert and Eleanor Duchesne on May 24, 1950, Del grew up in Connecticut until he joined the US Navy out of high school, stationed on a ship as a Radarman. He had so many interesting and comical stories of those years and his time in different countries. He said they made the best of being there. He was in contact with a few of his fellow shipmates to this day. He dedicated much of his civilian life to working for the Department of Defense at both Moffett Field (CA) and Hill Air Force Base (UT), with his last position as an Environmental Specialist. An avid musician, Del loved playing his guitar and enjoyed his jam sessions with his friends. When he was younger, his family sang together often, and a few songs were recorded. He was an animal lover, often feeding or taking in stray animals with his wife, Donna. Del loved to cook for his family, whether it was grilling in the backyard, prime rib with all of the trimmings at Christmas, or a casual family dinner. He was a big fan of both the San Francisco 49ers, the San Francisco Giants, and the Utah Jazz. Del enjoyed shooting hoops with his kids and neighborhood kids. He coached soccer to youth, including his kids, for a few years in CA. He made it to every soccer, basketball, baseball and softball game to support his children. He had a great rapport with the neighbors, lending a hand when needed. His quick wit and great sense of humor was enjoyed by all that knew him. He loved the ocean, where as a child and teen, he vacationed most summers at Misquamicut Beach, RI with his family. He shared countless stories of those special summers. He spent many weekends with Donna and the kids at Santa Cruz, whether riding the rollercoaster at the Boardwalk, making sand formations, or body surfing at Santa Cruz and Sea Cliff Beach. He absolutely loved lighthouses. So many fond memories of those times and later in life, made new memories with his grandkids at the beach. Carmel is where he and Donna fell in love in 1988. He would do an incredible (hilarious) impression of Clint Eastwood every time they pulled into Carmel. Del is survived by his wife, Donna; children, Melanie (Guille), Aaron, Rachele (Mike), Tyler (Megan), and Danielle (Jorden); grandchildren, Alexia, Ezeran, Jada, Starr, and Brendan; sisters, Patricia (Bernie), and Carol; as well as several nieces, nephews and in-laws. Del was predeceased by his parents, Delbert and Eleanor. The family will hold a private memorial and scatter his ashes in the ocean, the place where he felt most at peace.
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