DeLynn Garth Linnett, 72, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2022 at his home in Bel Air, MD.
He was born on June 30, 1949 in Coventry, England and emigrated as an infant with his family through Ellis Island to Salt Lake City, UT where he grew up. As a boy, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and Boy Scouts, ultimately receiving his Eagle Scout award. After high school he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Japan. Upon his return to the states he attended Brigham Young University in Provo, UT where he met his love and eternal companion, Sumie Inada, who had emigrated to the US from Japan for graduate studies. He said he recognized her from the time when they both worked at the Tokyo World's Fair while he was on his mission, but she said she had never seen him before. Regardless, he won her over and they were married on May 5, 1973 in the Salt Lake City Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
DeLynn finished his degree at BYU and went on to obtain his MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, AZ. Life and jobs took them to live in Japan and New Jersey, but they settled in Bel Air, MD in 1983 where they have been living ever since. Through his studies and beginning of his career they had three daughters: AnnMarie, Nichole and Kristal.
DeLynn worked as a software engineer at Martin Marietta, later turned Lockheed Martin, until his retirement. He was very active in his church congregation, serving in various capacities throughout his life. He also spent many years volunteering in the community as the Chairman of the Bel Air Girls Recreational Basketball program and a member of the Bel Air Rec Council.
He was a wonderful and active father. Some cherished memories are the Barbie doll house and furniture he built of his own design that is still being played with by his granddaughters and great-granddaughter, years of coaching his girls' sports teams, afternoons spent in the backyard playing catch and hitting balls, and most importantly being the strong, spiritual leader of the family who could be called on for help and advice anytime it was needed.
In his retirement, DeLynn and Sumie enjoyed cruising and travelling the world. He found his greatest joy in spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchild. He was the world's best baby snuggler and a favorite napping spot for every baby in the family. Each summer he would host the entire family for a vacation at the beach in South Carolina. He also took all of his grandchildren that lived locally out to dinner or lunch once a week, and Face-Timed daily with his little grandchildren who were not local, and his college granddaughter weekly.
He is now resting peacefully and enjoying a wonderful reunion with his daughter, AnnMarie, parents Clarence and Grace, and brothers Gordon and Evan who preceded him in death. He will be missed and remembered with the greatest amount of love by those he left behind: wife Sumie Inada Linnett; daughters Nichole (Greg) Klein, Kristal (Jesse) Stamm; grandchildren Carolyn Klein, Molly Klein, Audrey Klein, Emma Klein, Emi Stamm, Rocco Stamm, Mary Stamm; and great-granddaughter Hazel Wood.