Dell Nathan May died at his home in Moscow on November 21, 2015 of a respiratory illness. Dell was born on May 19, 1959, to Frank and Zoe May in Pullman, Washington. He attended schools in Pullman until he became ill in his teenage years with a diagnosis of schizophrenia.
While he lived primarily in Pullman, Clarkston, Lewiston and Moscow, during his childhood he also lived in Madison, Wisconsin. Dell primarily grew up on an acreage along Unionflat Creek, where he helped with the garden, the honeybees and other livestock. During the year his family spent in England, Dell learned to play rugby.
For a number of years in his adult life, Dell enjoyed employment at The Nobby and then at Staples, both in Moscow.
Playing and listening to music was always an important part of Dell’s life. He played drums in the Lincoln Junior High School band in Pullman and later he took up the guitar. In recent years, listening to music every evening was routine. A major pleasure for Dell was owning, fixing up and driving his 1979 Chevy Cheyenne Camper Special pickup every day. He also was very interested in travelling to visit relatives in Anchorage, Bellingham, Pocatello, Hayden and Boise. Visiting grandparents in Port Townsend, WA, annually from 1963 to 1996 was always special. Sometimes he even beat his Grandma Jordan at Scrabble.
Dell is survived by his mother, Zoe Ann Cooley and his stepfather James H. Cooley, of Troy, his brother Ben May and his wife, Gretchen Specht, of Anchorage, his stepsister and her husband, Susie and Al Matsuura of Pocatello and their children–Jimmy Matsuura (Landon Larsen) of Seattle, and Katie Matsuura (Jarod Sorum) of Greeley, CO, his stepbrother Christopher Cooley of Hayden, his aunts–Kay Miller of Tijeras, NM and Pat Brown of Bellingham, and uncles–John Jordan of Blanca, CO, and Jim Jordan of Port Townsend, many cousins, longtime family friends—Jim, Bertie, Wes and Angie Weddell of Pullman , and Holly McCollister and Leonard West of Moscow, his special friends and former housemates at Alliance House in Moscow and his good friends in the Moscow based WRAP recovery group.
Dell was preceded in death by his father, Frank Bradley May, his sister Shauna Catherine May and his grandparents, Harry and Mary Jordan and Sam and Vivian May.
A memorial service for Dell is set for Friday, December 4, 2015, at 11AM, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse, at 420 E. 2nd St. in Moscow followed by visiting and refreshments at the Church.
Suggested memorials are to Alliance House, PO Box 8654, Moscow, Idaho 83843, or to a local food bank.