Del Mar Faddis

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Del Mar Burbank Faddis was born on August 1, 1927 to Joseph Medaglia and Geneva Audrey Burbank of Oakland, California. His parents later divorced and he was adopted by Enoch Faddis. He stayed in California and joined the Navy prior to completing high school. Del then started a performing career. He had studied voice and ended up performing in the San Francisco area and he later joined the New York Company of Guys and Dolls and toured the country. In just three months he learned how to ice skate well enough to join the Hollywood Ice Revue. He was also a staff singer for WCCO TV in Minneapolis and worked at the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley.

From 1959-1963 Del attended Brigham Young University, where he majored in Broadcasting and minored Recreation. He continued at BYU to complete a master's degree in Recreation. While a student he was involved in different performing groups on campus, including the Program Bureau and with the Y's Men singers. His talents were not confined to pure performance, however. He organized "Adventures In Recreation," a company that began by providing roller skating to small communities in Utah and Idaho and he also created movable mini golf courses, one of which was installed in the Wilkinson Center on BYU campus and first played on by golf legend Billy Casper.

On Valentine's Day 1963 Del met Katheryn June Payne, a young widow with two sons. They fell in love and were married on June 1 of that year.

On April 18, 2013 Del passed away. He his survived by his wife, children, and several grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

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