Dale Der­atany

Catron Courier - - Obituaries -

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.

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