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Obituary for Delbe Solari

Delbë D. Solari passed away peacefully at home on March 9, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Delbë was born March 30, 1933 in Santa Barbara, CA to Lucille and Emmanuel Solari. He was raised in Carpinteria, CA alongside three siblings, brother Joe and sisters Irene and Marianne. Delbë attended Carpinteria Union High School where he graduated in 1951 and after a short stint at Cal Berkeley he enlisted in the US Air Force and served in Korea.

In 1955, while stationed in Wyoming, Delbë met the love of his life Mildred (Mickie) Bartos. They were married the following year and this past September they celebrated their 61st anniversary. Mickie and Delbë lovingly raised their four children Susanne, Shelbë, Stephanie, and Joe while being stationed in Wyoming, Alaska, Virginia, and Florida.

Delbë retired from active duty in 1974 as a SMSgt but continued his career as a civil servant physical science technician for AFTAC (Air Force Technical Applications Center). He transferred to Patrick AFB in 1976, where he worked until his full retirement in 2014 after 62 years of service and was described by his AFTAC Commander as “…the hidden backbone of the seismic mission.”

Delbë loved family time and having PBRs or “Tanqs” (Tanqueray Gin, olive juice, and two olives) with friends and was sometimes allowed to bring limburger cheese into the house. He enjoyed being outside doing yardwork or feeding the local squirrels and blue jays of which he acquired a large following. Delbë was a humble, selfless man of few words but a man full of love and support putting friends and family before himself.

Delbë is survived by his wife Mickie, children Susanne, Shelbë, Stephanie, and Joe, grandchildren Drew and wife Katie, Kathryn and husband Randy, Greg, Taylor, Matthew, Shelbë, Marc, Piper, and Finley, great grandson Kale, sons-in-law Brian, Kurt, and Nick, daughter-in-law Wendi, sister Marianne Hudack, sister-in-law Sue Solari, best friends Bill Alexander and Dave Rice, and many nephews, nieces, and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10am on Friday, March 16th, 2018 at Holy Apostles Episcopal Church, 505 Grant Ave., Satellite Beach, FL.

In lieu of flowers Delbë’s family requests donations be made in his name to Hospice of St. Francis and Holy Apostles Episcopal Church.
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