Mandel “Del” Himelstein

Husband, father, grandfather, lawyer, administrative judge, arbitrator, lover of art, music, theater, travel, marathon running and walking. A resident of the Coronado Shores for 46 years, Del died on Sept. 17, 2021, surrounded by his family and in the arms of his wife of 67 years.

Del was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Rose (Kaufman) and Max Himelstein. He earned both a bachelor’s and law degree from Northwestern University. He served his country in the army, doing a tour in Korea. Del was a member of the Bar in Illinois, Arizona and California, spending most of his career in Phoenix where he was recognized by the Bar as a leading lawyer in real estate and business law.

In San Diego, he became a mediator and arbitrator with the National Conflict Resolution Center, adjudicating cases for the New York Stock Exchange and the cities of San Diego, Riverside, Chula Vista and Carlsbad.

Del’s warm smile and shock of white hair were familiar to all of Coronado while on his daily morning walks. A private celebration of his full and happy life took place on Oct. 3 at the Shores. He is survived by his wife Judy; his children Scott, Lisa, and Linda; and five grandchildren. Contributions to the San Diego Opera or the Old Globe Theater would be fitting if you so choose.

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