Delvin Bates Ayotte
April 24, 1930 – August 1, 2016
Viewing: Sunday, August 7th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, Utah and on Monday from 10:00 to 10:40 a.m. at the River Ward LDS Church, 507 North 100 West, Brigham City, Utah
Funeral service: Monday, August 8, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the River Ward LDS Church, 507 North 100 West, Brigham City, Utah
Interment: Brigham City Cemetery
Our hero, Delvin Bates Ayotte, 86, of Brownsville, Oregon passed away Monday, August 1. He was born the fourth son to Franklin Louis Ayotte and Gladys Louise Bates in Great Falls Montana. Delvin was an active young athlete and went by the nickname Bucky. He was adored by his older brothers and baby sister, Betty. As an adolescent, “Frenchy” was both hardworking and gifted academically. He graduated from Sutter Creek High School in California where he served as the student body president and excelled in every sport he tried. He was an active Boy Scout, proudly completing the requirements for every merit badge possible and earned the honor and rank of Eagle Scout. He attended and played football at a junior college in Sacramento, CA. Delvin married his first sweetheart, Marilyn Ann Harris, on September 3, 1948 in Reno, Nevada. Danny and Debbie soon joined the family in California while Del worked underground construction at Shaver Lake. Two more sons, Dave and Donny, were born in the next few years when the family moved to Marysville, AZ where Del worked for AiResearch. Early in 1963 Dad found a new career in the Pricing/Negotiations department at Thiokol, and brought the family out from Arizona a few months later. They settled in Corrine and made many loving and long-lasting friendships there. Del and Marilyn and their four children were baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in 1964 were sealed together as an eternal family in the Logan LDS Temple. Diana and Dennis rounded out the family over the next few years in Brigham City. Brother Ayotte held many various church callings and especially loved those involving youth and sports. Del and Marilyn also loved and shared their home with two special American Indian sons, Raymond Charlie and Wayne Tsosie. Coach Ayotte encouraged true strength and dedication in the youth of Brigham City for 32 years. He was instrumental in the early development of little league football in the area and coached hundreds of local youth in football, baseball, and basketball. He served as the Director for Wasatch Front Football League for many of those years. He never missed a ballgame his children played in and was always their biggest fan. He shared his love of the outdoors with his children and grandchildren, camping, fishing, fly fishing, sailing, canoeing, and horseshoes. Deli shared his humble musical talents as he passed on the traditional camp fire songs of his youth to his children. He loved listening to Marilyn and the kids sing songs on the road while touring dozens of US destinations in the motor home. Delvin retired from Thiokol after 32 years and was awarded the prestigious Silver Snoopy Award by NASA for outstanding achievement related to human flight safety and mission success. Del was fortunate and thrilled to have VIP seating at a Space Shuttle launch in the 80s. He and Marilyn traveled the country during the next year after his retirement and reconnected with many friends and family. Marilyn died in 1995. Delvin found his second sweetheart, Judith Forrest, at a bereavement support group and they married on July 11, 1995. The happy couple moved to Brownsville, Oregon in 1997 where Delvin envisioned and built “Ayotte’s Forrest,” a beautiful mountain retreat where they welcomed and entertained all of their children and grandchildren, numerous LDS missionaries, branch members, friends, and neighbors. During his twilight years, Del developed his talent for woodworking and did much of the carpentry in the home and as gifts for others. His character and strong work ethic served as inspiration to all who knew and loved him. Del will continue to inspire and be sorely missed by those he leaves behind: Wife, Judith Forrest, of Brownsville, OR; Children: Daniel (Karen) of Farr West, UT; Debora; David (Ginny) both of Brigham City, UT; Donald (Colleen) of Thatcher, UT; Diana of St. George, UT; and Dennis (Dana) of Anthem, AZ. Step-children: Daren Forrest of Corvalis, OR; Jaylene Steele of Bloomfield, NY; Janele Piercy of Platte, NE; Annette Taylor of Tooele, UT; Brennen Forrest of Brownsville, OR; Jeffrey Forrest of Frazier Park, CA; Tracy Forrest of Blodgett, OR; and Drake Forrest of Arlington, VA. Sister Betty and Brother-in-Law Ken Pruett of Nampa, ID; and Sister-in-Law Grace Ayotte of Columbia Falls, MT. Sixty-two grandchildren; many great-grandchildren with two new ones on the way, three great-great grandchildren, and many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Marilyn, sister Myrth, three brothers, Marlin, Max and Bob, and two granddaughters, Megan and Jesyka and one grandson, Sean David. Funeral service will be on Monday, August 8, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the River Ward LDS Church, 507 North 100 West, Brigham City, Utah. A viewing will be held on Sunday, August 7th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, Utah and on Monday at the Church from 10:00 to 10:40 a.m. Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery. Entrusted to Gillies Funeral Chapel, 435-723-2536.
Dear Donny, Colleen and Ayotte family, Sorry to hear of Del's passing. I remember him fondly as Donny's dad, and our little league football coach. I'm sure he influenced many other young men as he did me. Condolences and thanks,
So sorry you lost your dad. He was always such a fun guy. I have great memories with him and your mom, Marilyn.
Many your family find comfort, knowing your Father has found his eternal peace.
Debbie, I'm so sorry for the loss of your dad. It sounds like he was a great guy.
Anita Hunsaker Kilfoyle
The staff of the American Cancer Fund at www.AmericanCancerFund.org is sorry to hear of Delvin's passing. We have received a memorial donation in his name and our sincere condolences go out to his family.
American Cancer Fund