Del Roy White was born on July 28,1960 in Ontario, Oregon. He spent much of his young life in Idaho and Oregon, enjoying the outdoors, riding motorcycles, and constructing, building, and taking all things mechanical apart to see how they worked. His mother has said that the kitchen table of their home was covered in broken radio and television set parts for years. She knew it was his passion of interest, so she just let it be.
Del attended college in Rexburg, Idaho and this is where his skill and talent for broadcasting really began. He built a portable radio station and pirated a frequency where he aired his nightly radio show interviewing students and making fun of professors. And perhaps to this moment, the Ricks College security police remain stumped in their search for the source of KRIP. He never was found out.
After college, he pursued his broadcasting career more professionally (and legally) in Salt Lake City working as a video engineer for KSL-TV, Bonneville, VideoWest and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the 1990s, he worked closely with President Gordon B. Hinkley, and other church leaders as the Chief Broadcast engineer heading up the construction of the Conference center. The entire audiovisual/broadcast facility, and all of its components, was planned, arranged, and orchestrated by Del and his team. It was a challenging task, and he worked sometimes 20 hour days and weekends to complete it. To him, it was one of the greatest, and most important achievements of his life. At the time of his death he was working for the AV Events/OIT department at BYU. He will be greatly missed by the crew and students who worked with him.
Del had a fun-loving personality who loved to play pranks and jokes on his co-workers. So much fun can truly be had in the broadcast setting - with cameras, microphones, and green screens. If you ever had the privilege to work on a job or project with Del, then you know exactly what this means.
Del also had a passion for aviation and loved to fly. He had a private pilot’s license in fixed wing and helicopter; he tried to get into the air whenever he could. He felt the most at home in the sky. He had a continuous goal and drive, designing and perfecting his own aircraft that he had been building and working on for years. It was his hope to be able to spend his retirement flying and sharing that adventure with those he loved.
Del found joy in his five children, teaching them everything from how to properly paint a boat railing, to how to create a YouTube video, to the best sugar free chocolate chip cookie recipe from scratch. He encouraged all things digital, mechanical and creative - combined into one. He was fully invested in the interests of his kids and was always willing to support them along those paths. He also had a passion for music and loved to share that with his children, buying them instruments and encouraging them to play. He also greatly enjoyed and loved his BYU work band brothers.
Del is survived by his five children: Ryder Joshua (Maizi), Sydney (Ben), Jakob, Summer, and Bryce; his four siblings Edward, Vonda, Willard (Laura), and Kyle (Karen); and his mother, Hazel. He was preceded in death by his father, Billie.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 7, 2022, 12:00 noon at the Timpanogos 2nd Ward building, 800 North 100 West, Pleasant Grove, Utah, where a viewing will precede services from 10:00-11:45 a.m. Interment, Pleasant Grove City Cemetery.
For those wishing to view services virtually, visit: https://meet.google.com/vkz-anrx-fhv