Del R. Monge, 94, of Dana Point and more recently Tustin, passed away on May 29, 2018. He was born in Urique, Mexico, the youngest of 6 children. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1927.
He met the love of his life at USC, Eva Murphy. They were married 68 wonderful years.
At 19 Del served in the army from 1943-1945. He took part in 5 different campaigns in WWII including landing on the beach in Normandy the day after D-day. When he returned home he attended USC where he met Eva. He graduated with a degree in Accounting.
Del worked a series of jobs where he gained extensive experience managing business operations. He successfully reorganized and turned around several struggling businesses. He was instrumental in starting new companies including Aerochem in Orange. He was an avid golfer for over 60 years. After retirement, Del and Eva traveled throughout the US and internationally.
He was a well-liked, loving, and generous person. Del lived his life courageously just like this quote from his favorite western hero, John Wayne. “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.”
He is survived by his wife, Eva; four children, Joe, Lisa, Tom and Mary; 7 grandchildren, Kristy, TJ, Michael, Keith, Joe, Allison and Mike; and 3 step-grandchildren, Brianna, Danielle and Chris.
Del’s favorite charity was Boys Town, 200 Flanagan Boulevard, PO Box 8000, Boys Town, NE 68010.
Services will be at O’Connor Mortuary Chapel in Laguna Hills on Saturday, June 9 at 2:00pm followed by a graveside service at Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest.