Obituary of Carl Thurman Delaney III
Carl maintained the friendships he made over the years, from High School, his military service, his co-workers, and extended family. He relished the role of the “FUN” uncle to his many nieces and nephews, some of whom fostered very close and loving relationships with him. One of which, Samantha Delaney, born September 2004, in Thornton, CO, who they adopted, thus blessing him with a second daughter, whom he loved dearly. Carl was further blessed when Christopher and his wife, Jaci, added two more beautiful additions to the Delaney family. His grandson Nathaniel, in 2009 and his granddaughter Olivia in 2016. Forever solidifying his position as the “FUN” Papa.
He was preceded in death by his parents and leaves behind his three brothers, Robert, Brian and Mark Delaney, and his two sisters, Janet Rowe and Sherry Delaney, as well as a myriad of nieces and nephews. Not to mention the many, many loyal friends and co-workers his life has touched over the years.
Carl's service to his country includes:
USS Kittyhawk CV-63 Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California 1980 - 1983
AIMD US Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington 1983 - 1987
USS Denver LPD-9 Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California 1987 - 1990
USS Independence CV-62 US Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan 1990 - 1993
AIMD US Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland 1993 - 1996
AIMD Sigonella Detachment Rota, Spain where he served honorably from 1996 until his
Retirement May of 2000.
Navy Achievement Medal (two awards)
Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon
Good Conduct Medal (five awards)
Navy Expeditionary Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Southeast Asia Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (three awards)
Navy / Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (five awards)
Kuwait Liberation Medal Kuwait
North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal
Expert Pistol Medal
Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist
My dad was more like a best friend. He was a playful, funny, loving, and warm father while growing up. Even as I became an adult he was always there, no matter what, through all my ups and downs, my protector. I’ll always remember those core memory moments he’s left me with; Switching the shift stick in his old truck when I was little, singing car karaoke to the oldies like “Walk Like a Man,” or “Achy Breaky Heart,” watching all those geeky Sci-Fi shows and movies, forever a Trekkie, and everything he taught me about fixing things myself. I was lucky enough to experience Denver’s Comic Con with my dad and my little sister, Sami, and then sharing even more special moments at the Star Trek panel where all our favorite characters reunited. Amazing and unique memories, that will be with me forever. This sudden loss will change me, but I will try to be like my dad with his unconditional love and generous deeds. I loved my dad to the fullest and I know he loved us all deeply.
Some geeky quotes he would appreciate:
“What we leave behind is not as important as how we've lived.” – Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek.
“Don’t think of it as dying,” said Death. “Just think of it as leaving early to avoid the rush.” – Terry Pratchett, Good Omens.
“So long, and thanks for all the fish.” - Douglas Adams, Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Forever Daddy’s Girl,
Stephanie. “Scotty, beam him up.”
You adopted me into your life and loved me as I was your own and I am forever grateful. These past 18 years with you have been amazing. Every memory with you replays through my mind when I close my eyes and I hope to never forget.
Playing Tea Party in the garage when I was 5, our trips 7-11 every Friday for a free slushy, Poker Runs you took me on with your bike, and camping trips we took together. So many memories of us wrestling and playing in the front yard, and when I broke my wrist getting flipped (twice lol). Road trips to California,those summers in Florida together and going to Universal every day, even though you eventually got bored. You teaching me to drive
You, holding me the first time I cried over a guy, swearing to protect me from any guy who wanted to cause me harm. Me, calling you at 4am crying and you answering no matter what.
I’ll always remember when we first got Buck, who then became your life long best friend. You proved the truth that dogs really are a man’s best friend. Remodeling your new home, to make it feel like mine too. Making Thanksgiving dinner our first year in your new home, and the memory of you helping me get my own place.
You, always asking, “Are you still coming over? Get me some Mounds candy bars”
Through ALL the good and bad, you have been my day one. I could never regret having you as a dad. No one could have done it better than you did and I truly believe it was not your time to leave, but I am happy you are no longer in pain. I will not let that over wide all the memories we have together.
I hope you have all the mounds candy bars you want up there dad.
- I love you -Sami
Papa Carl was always willing to play, horse around and have fun. He made surprise trip[s just to see us. We loved camping with him.
We will miss you Papa
-Nathaniel and Olivia