Dale Robert Mummert, 88, passed away Dec. 19, 2020 in San Diego from complications due to COVID-19.
Dale was born in East Berlin, Pennsylvania to Margaret and Nevin Mummert on Dec. 16, 1932. He started his schooling in a one room schoolhouse down the street from his parent’s dairy farm, and later graduated from the local high school as the class salutatorian. Afterwards, he attended Penn State University for a year and then transferred to Miami University of Oxford, Ohio as he joined the U.S. Navy ROTC program.
In 1962, while Dale was stationed in Washington DC and attending George Washington University, mutual friends introduced him to Isabel Castella, a translator who was touring the U.S. with a rising Spanish artist, Jordi Aluma. After a three week courtship, they were married. Their first tour together took them to Subic Bay, Philippines where their child, Julia was born. Three years later in Norfolk, Virginia son Sergy was born.
Dale served close to 30 years in the U.S.. Navy and had two tours in Vietnam. He served as the supply officer for the USS Midway in Japan and later retired as Captain of Force Supply at AirPac.
The family settled in Coronado 40 years ago where their children were raised, and Dale and Isabel made many great friends. Dale continued to work well into his eighties as a real estate agent and loved to meet people and share the wonder of San Diego.
Dale is survived by his children Julia (Frank) Martin and Sergy (Christine Calhoun) Mummert; his grandchildren Francis, Oscar, Nevin, Mia, Alex, Sofia and Chloe; and his brothers Wayne, Jay, Larry and Donnie. Dale and Isabel are also survived by her nieces from Barcelona, Dr. Monica (Daniel) Cepin and Virginia Castella.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Feeding America charity.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of Sunrise at Bonita Senior Living and Sharp Chula Vista Hospital for their wonderful compassion and support in his final days. Lastly, the family would like to sincerely thank the Sacred Heart Catholic Church as Dale was a devoted member for over 40 years.