Dale Deratany, of Reserve, NM passed away in El Mirage, AZ. True to his birth in Detroit, Michigan on December 1, 1948 in the area dubbed “Motor City” and “Rock City” he had a life long love affair with both cars and music.
Shortly after Dale’s birth, his parents relocated to Southern California. That is where Dale received his formal music education at the hands of well know big-band leader Frankie Carl. Prior to his graduation from Alhambra high school in Glendale, AZ, Dale was in his first band and was playing in bars before he could drive. Thus ensued a long career as a performing musician in every genre and location imaginable.
During Vietnam, Mr. Deratany enlisted into the Coast Guard and while serving his country was introduced to the beautiful Pam Gibson by her brother, another serviceman. They married in August, 1971 and moved to Cottonwood, AZ. Dale turned his love of music into a career by opening Musical Arts, a musical instrument shop on Fifth & Main in Cottonwood, AZ. Many people of the Verde Valley remember him not only for his quick wit and humor, but also his encouragement of many who felt unsure about their musical talents.
A gifted musician in almost all instruments, Dale would gladly perform with people of all musical levels and make them feel confident in their abilities. He was a member of many local bands including the Rock Hounds, Los Savages, and The Psychedelic Mariachis.
Dale also enjoyed being part of many volunteer events and causes in the Verde Valley, and was a member of the volunteer firefighters.
Dale retired in 1996 and moved to Reserve, NM where he enjoyed time with his family, and pursued his love of collecting cars. Getting his commercial driver’s license “just for the fun of it,” he spent many joyous hours looking for just the right car and bringing it home. He relished the community he lived in and enjoyed visiting with his neighbors. You could often find him with his children, grandchildren, and his loving wife until brain cancer bested him on January 20, 2014.
He is survived by his wife Pam, sons Nicholas and Nathan, daughter Jennifer, as well as seven grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by them, as well as by the musician’s family that he adopted over many years and many states. A celebration of his life was held on March 30, 2014 in Reserve.