Israel M. “Del” Delgado peacefully entered into eternal rest at the age of 92 on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at home surrounded by his wife and three daughters.
Israel was born in Raymondville, Texas on October 23, 1927 to the late Eva Mendez and Romulo García Delgado. He proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1948 through 1952. Once returning to civilian life, he used his military training as he became an air traffic controller at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans. He retired from the FAA in 1977.
Israel was devoted to his family. He was a loving husband to Florence for 65 years and a proud father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
Del was an avid tennis player and active member of the New Orleans tennis community. He served as an officer and board member of the City Park Men’s Tennis Club. He volunteered as an instructor in the CYO tennis program and professionally taught many successful junior and adult players, Del competed in national, regional, state and local tournaments. He enjoyed high rankings regionally, statewide, and locally. He displayed a love of the sport and was most honored by receiving state tournament sportsmanship awards. His proudest achievement was the tennis success of his daughters.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Florence Dietze Delgado, daughters, Stephanie Sara (late Sam), Dawn Helton (Chip), and Cindy Rodriguez (Roberto), grandsons, Chad Helton (Ashleigh), Jason Helton (Keshia), and Roberto Rodriguez III, and great grandchildren, Jett, Elliana, Tucker, Ryann, and Tobias. He is also survived by four brothers, Tive, Eli, Romulo, Joe, three sisters Dina, Blanca, Gloria, their spouses, and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Private services were held at Garden of Memories Funeral Home followed by interment in Garden of Memories Cemetery on Monday, June 29, 2020.