Ismael Arellano Delmendo

December 21, 1944October 29, 2020

Delmendo, Ismael “Sam” Arellano, 75, of Largo has gone home to be with the Almighty God. He passed away on October 29th 2020 in Largo with his children at his bedside.

Born and raised in Bacnotan, LaUnion, Philippines, he graduated from North Provincial High School.

He was preceded in death by his sweet and loving wife, Myrna Delmendo; parents, Francisco and Magdalena Delmendo, and his siblings, Alicia Somera, Juana and Romualdo Delmendo, and Cecile Tiamzon. Sam is survived by his caring and devoted wife, Maria “Mae” Delmendo; children, Jennylene Pettitt and Mark Delmendo; siblings, German “Gerry” Delmendo, Delia Cosca, Francisco “Kiko” Delmendo, Margarita “Margie” Guzman, and Henry Delmendo; grandchildren, Madilyn and Mackinley Posey, Dominic and Emma Pettitt, and Lincoln and Elias Delmendo, and multiple nieces and nephews.

Sam was a very practical and hard-working man. He worked so hard, he retired twice! He proudly served with the U.S. Coast Guard for 20 years and then 18 years as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Bay Pines VA. In his spare time, he liked to work in his garden and spend time with his family.

Sam was the eldest of ten children and was well known for all of his wise life lessons of which he loved to remind everyone. The most powerful and inspiring detail of his life was the pivotal role he played in providing success to his family and their future generations. After joining the U.S. Coast Guard, his brother German also joined the U.S. military, and together they were able to support family back in the Philippines until they were able to bring several other family members to the U.S. The decisions Sam made provided the entire Delmendo family with priceless opportunities for which we are forever grateful.



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November 19, 2020

Dear Manong Sammy,
I can’t remember a lot of my childhood years with you. Since i am the 2nd to the youngest among the 10 of us, all i knew was you’re always away to work. At your early age, you were already the pillar of the family along with Tatang and Manong German. You had sacrificed a lot for us and for that, i am eternally grateful.

There was a time that i almost quit the military. You were the one that encouraged me. You told me these exact words- “ Be patient and finish your military career so you can enjoy your comfortable retirement- being paid monthly, though not that much, while sitting around doing nothing.” Because of that, i persevered and now i am retired and living a comfortable life. Thank you for believing in me!

My family- Leng, Kathleen, Bryan, Sabrina and Gabriel are all blessed to have shared great memories with you. I am very proud to be your little brother.Your legacy are the generations of Delmendos who now have bright futures because of one ISMAEL ARELLANO DELMENDO. I love you Manong...



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