Carl Delaney III
Carl Delaney III
Carl Delaney III

Obituary of Carl Thurman Delaney III

Carl Thurman Delaney III  
Petty Officer 1st Class, U.S. Navy Retired 
February 16, 1963 - June 17, 2023  
It is with deep pain and sorrow that we announce the passing of Carl Delaney. 
Taken from us far too soon, at the age of 60, at his home in Federal Heights, Colorado.
       Carl was born in Iowa City, Iowa in 1963. His family relocated to Colorado in 1969 where he grew
up and then enlisted in the US Navy in April 1980 at the age of 17.  
      Carl married Kim Pfannenstiel 40 years ago, in October 1983 in San Diego, California. His son, Christopher, was born in Whidbey Island, Washington in July 1984. His oldest daughter,
Stephanie, was born in San Diego, California in January 1989.  
We look back at his Military Service with fondness and respect. Our family will forever be grateful for this dedication, as it awarded us the opportunity to travel with him to many places, domestic and foreign, where we were able to explore all different kinds of cultures, people, and sights. In 2000, Carl retired after 20 years with the US Navy.
He decided to return to Colorado, with his family, where we made our forever home. 

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 spent his free time on motorcycle rides, vacations, and camping trips
with  family, friends, and his furry companion, Buck.  

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 dedication to taking care of his family did not end at his retirement. He continued his commitment to a solid and quality work ethic until his last day. He courageously went back to school and earned his Associate of Applied Science Degree in Computer Technology. He worked as a heating and air technician and as an RV mechanic before
returning to his military career roots, in the Airport Ground Support field.  
        He worked for Servisair/Swissport for 12 years as an Airport Shop Manager in Denver, Co and Orlando, Fl. But the travel bug never left Carl’s soul. He accepted a position as an Airport Field Service Technician with Trepel Corporation, in 2019.  This position allowed him to travel to airports all over the U.S. and beyond. Allowing him to resume his explorations of new places and meeting new friends along the way, until his unexpected passing. 


                                      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.  


During his distinguished Military Career 
he received the following awards: 


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  


Military Honors Interment

10:15 am - 10:45 am
Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Fort Logan National Cemeter
Staging Area C, 3698 S. Sheridan Blvd
Denver, Colorado, United States
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