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Friday July 23rd, 2021
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Saturday July 24th, 2021
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Delbert Householder

Delbert Householder, a lifelong resident of Thatcher passed peacefully Saturday evening, July 17, 2021, at his home with his beloved sweetheart of 65 years Karen and their family at his side. Delbert was 84.

Delbert was reunited with his father Vernon H. Householder, his mother Eloise Allred Householder and his brother Jeffrey Householder who preceded him in death.

When Delbert was very young he worked for his uncles on their farm. This is how he knew he wanted to be a farmer. At a young age he started gradually buying farm ground to build his farming business.

Delbert attended Thatcher Schools from 1st grade to graduating from Thatcher High School. He loved sports and played football, basketball and baseball during his school years.

At the urging of friends he ran for the Graham County Board of Supervisors to represent District 2. He was elected and re-elected to serve 20 years. While serving in this capacity he made a pledge to contribute 20% of his salary to the 4 valley high schools and 4-H programs as scholarships. He has honored that pledge.'

Delbert served on the Board of the Arizona Department of Transportation and was appointed by the Governor to bring professional football to the state of Arizona.

He was a member of the Troika Delegation to go on a mission to Russia to further the cause of brotherhood and understanding between the United States and the Soviet Union. Significant advances were made. Their farming was very primitive and this delegation helped to educate them on more modern methods.

He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served in many capacities including Sunday School Teacher and Bishop.

Delbert is survived by his wife Karen, his 4 children DelAnn (Gary) Haymore, Cindy (Tracy) Mattice, J.D. Householder and Rohn (Nikole) Householder, 17 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren and two more on the way. His sister Kay (Phil) Martin, Sisters-in-laws Margie Martin and Linda Bowen and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Delbert will be conducted Saturday morning, July 24, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., at the Thatcher Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Bishop Preston Alder of the Thatcher Seventh Ward. Concluding services will follow in the Thatcher Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday evening, July 23, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at the Vining Funeral Home and Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. until 9:45 a.m., at the Thatcher Stake Center Relief Society Room of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Those who would like to attend the services via Facebook Live can join on Vining Funeral Home's Facebook page, Saturday morning, July 24, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. (MST).

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I was sorry to hear of your loss. Delbert was a favorite of the many workers in the Gila Valley Tempe. We so enjoyed his friendship and kindness. I was sorry to be out of town at the time of his services. He will be greatly missed.

Connie Keith Aug 1 2021 5:43 PM

I was blessed to serve with Delbert and Kent Woods in the college ward bishopric while attending EAC. I will always cherish that time and Delbert and Kent's influence. I appreciated Delbert simple straightforward example of hard work, honesty, and doing what's right because it was right. Being one who can be counted on to do what you're supposed to do, when you're supposed to do it, the way it should be done. I am grateful to have rubbed shoulders with men like Delbert, men of integrity, who possess knowledge and wisdom of the things that matter most in life. Thank you for your example and for being the good man you are.

Scott Rapier Jul 24 2021 2:02 PM

My dear Karen and family. I have so loved the friendship of you and your dear Delbert through the years. We were newly weds close to the same time. Delbert was a friend to all! Love you ! You have lots of memories to cherish, sending my love and condolences to you and your dear family.

Anna Jane Jarvis Jul 24 2021 11:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Delbert Householder

Nora Medrano Jul 23 2021 6:03 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Delbert Householder

Christine Gale Jul 23 2021 2:55 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Delbert Householder

Maria & Ken Westbrook Jul 23 2021 12:31 AM

Our condolences to Karen and family in the passing of Delbert. So sorry and sad to hear the news. He was a hard working family man, full of life and humor, who never met a stranger he couldn't talk to. We attended school together at THS.. We often met with him, Karen, Phil and Kay Martin, in Branson, Missouri. our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Buddy and Sue Jones—Bryant, Arkansas.

Buddy Jones Jul 22 2021 8:16 AM

My sincere condolences to Delbert's family and friends. Delbert was a good honest decent family man and public servant. I am blessed to have known him.

Ronald Morriss, former Santa Cruz County Supervisor Jul 21 2021 9:04 PM

It was a pleasure working with Delbert as a Greenlee County Supervisor. Always a gentleman. Will miss seeing him on his farm equipment, hard worker.

Hector Ruedas Jul 21 2021 5:51 PM

Delbert and Karen opened their home to me and many others every Monday night as a college freshman unsure what I wanted in my life. They made it fun to be there and socialize with others , more importantly to me being able to rub shoulders and bounce ideas off of Delbert. He made a difference in my life and I will always be grateful.
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Troy Thygerson Jul 20 2021 11:23 AM

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