Delmas Cather, 1935 ~ 2017
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Delmas Cather, 1935 ~ 2017
Delmas Cather, 1935 ~ 2017
Delmas “Del” Cather, 82, passed away at his home March 20, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

Del was born March 3, 1935 in Maramac, Oklahoma, to John Q. and Helen Dailey Cather. He went to school in Oklahoma until his junior year when the family moved to Stanford, Montana. He graduated from Stanford High School and later moved to Fairfield, Montana, where he met the love of his life Shirley Lewis. They were later married on March 18, 1956 in Fairfield.

He worked as a custom combiner until 1958, when they moved to Colorado where he worked in the mining industry. He continued to work in the mining industry and in 1978 moved to Moab to mine uranium. When the uranium boom ended, Del started his own trucking business where he hauled petroleum and then later hauled for K Sue Construction until he retired in 2008. He continued to work after retirement doing anything to stay busy.

Del had a great love for the outdoors and he was a member of the Elks Lodge, where he served two years as the exalted ruler, which he preferred to be called “the exhausted rooster.”

Del’s greatest love was being with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Shirley of Moab; three daughters, Linda Vega of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Robin Cather, Beaverton, Oregon, and Kellie (Dennis) Park of Grand Junction, Colorado; a son, Shane (Candice) Cather of St. George, Utah; one sister, Billie (Barry) Oakley of Fairfield, Montana; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Douglas; and a sister, Elsie Meshew.

At Del’s request cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life was held on March 27 at the Community Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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