Del, 91, died April 23, 2021. He was born May 18, 1929, in Fresno, California, graduating from Sanger High School in 1947. In the late 1950s he moved to Idaho and was a smokejumper at Cave Junction, Oregon in 1949 and 1951. He graduated from the University of Idaho in Forestry in 1953 and served in the Army 1953-55.
Del’s 33-year career was with the USFS serving primarily as a Public Information Officer. After serving as the District Ranger on the Palouse District, St. Joe NF, in the early 1960s, he transferred to Missoula, Montana, as a Public Information Specialist in 1964. In 1969, he was assigned as the Public Information Officer for the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1972, he moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was assigned as the Assistant Regional Forester responsible for Information Services for the 17 national forests in the Eastern Region of the Forest Service.
In 1985, after his career with the USFS, Del retired and moved to Post Falls, Idaho, where he worked as the City Forester and with the Community Forestry Program of the Idaho Dept. of Lands.
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