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Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home

1737 Riggins Road, Tallahassee, FL

OBITUARY

Michael J. DeLorenzo

March 1, 1949August 21, 2019
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With deep and profound sadness, we announce the recent passing of Michael DeLorenzo, an outstanding and tireless working member in the field of Emergency Management for 50 years. A son of the late Maurice DeLorenzo and the late Marire Maddaloni DeLorenzo, he was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 1st, 1949. He held a degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College and served in the United States Army. During his distinguished career, Mike or DeLo, as he was often called, worked in countless ways to serve the State of Florida, local Florida communities and as Regional Team Leader for the Southeast United States. Mike began emergency work through the Office of Civil Defense, worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for 35 years, then the Florida Emergency Management Division, working as Response Bureau Chief, retiring as Deputy Director, and most recently, as Emergency Training Consultant for the US Army. His expertise has provided inspiration to personnel across the Emergency Management spectrum through his outstanding knowledge, and dedication to the duty of preserving lives and the structures that support them.

With FEMA, Mike played a important role in the recover for all of the major disasters to include: Hurricanes Hugo, Andrew, Emily, Opal as well as the Water Storm in Tallahassee, Hurricane George Response in Mississippi and as FEMA Region IV CONOP for the 1996 Olympic Games, Atlanta GA. Mike led the Division’s response to Hurricanes Charley, Francis, Ivan and Jean in 2004. Then in 2005, Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Wilma and the Florida team sent to Mississippi for Hurricane Katrina. The 2004 and 2005 Hurricane Seasons were filled with some of the worst storms in Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Mike retired for the first time from the State, teaching Emergency Management in the private sector 2006- 2010. In 2010 he returned to run Operation Haiti Relief, and the Deepwater Horizion/ BP Oil Spill. Mike retired 2015.

A twice recipient of the Florida Distinguished Service Medal, he was an outstanding leader in the Emergency Management Community, always ready to be an island of calm in an ocean of confusion and finding the most effective ways to inspire the right people to the right tasks. Many in the Emergency Management community have learned a lifetime worth of valuable information from Mike. He always had good stories to tell about the “good ole days”, each with its own hard earned wise and practical lessons. Whether or not he knew it, Mike DeLorenzo was a true and respected leader to all! He was a loving husband to Idy Codington, a brother to Elaine DeLorenzo, Maureen DeLorenzo and Ginger Simpler, a devoted father to Veronica DeLorenzo Castleberry, Michael Joseph DeLorenzo III, and a son-in-law John Castleberry. He dearly loved his grandchildren, Luke Castleberry and Emma Grace Castleberry.

A Memorial Service will be held on August 28, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home, 700 Timberlane Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32312, with a Gathering of Family and Friends to follow.

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, August 28, 2019
  • Gathering of Family and Friends Wednesday, August 28, 2019

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Leon Shaifer

August 30, 2019

I was privileged to know and work with Mike during his years with FEMA , FLDEM and L3 Communications. DeLo was committed to whatever task confronted him and achieved successful results with quiet professional dignity. I was honored to know him as a friend for over thirty years.

Grant Peterson

August 27, 2019

A professional and a good man; a great combination! Mike exemplified the quote “The service to humanity is the best work of life.” He will be remembered in this way.

Phyllis Vaughn

August 27, 2019

Mike hired me as Finance Administrator in 2013. I worked for he and Bryan Koon through several activations. Mike was always such a sweet man and very professional and I will miss him.

Michael DeLorenzo

August 26, 2019

Trina Sheets

August 26, 2019

On behalf of the National Emergency Management Association, of which Mike was a valued member, we would like to share our most sincere condolences with his family and friends. Mike was the consummate emergency management professional and someone that his peers from every state in the nation admired and sought advice from because of his vast knowledge and experience. He will be sorely missed.

Jennifer Dion Bruce

August 26, 2019

Mr. DeLorenzo made the best meatballs! Every Christmas Eve growing up we would go to the DeLorenzos' home and the meatballs were always the highlight of the meal! Veronica and Michael, you all were the joys of Mr. DeLorenzo's life! I am so sorry to hear of his passing! Veronica and Michael, you both are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time! Your Dad loved you both so very much and was proud to be your Dad!

Alan Harris

August 26, 2019

We are all so heart broken to hear of Mike's passing. He was a legend in the public safety / emergency management community. He was the definition of a true public servant. Above all that, he was a good man and friend. Rest in peace, my friend. God bless his family and friends during this difficult time.

Jim Wells

August 26, 2019

Idy, we are so saddened to hear of Mike's passing. Please accept Lisa and my deepest sympathies and prayers.

Leo Lachat

August 25, 2019

I learned a lot from Mike … and I laughed a lot with Mike over many years. A friend, a mentor, and a leader … with a great sense of humor and a big heart for his family. Thank you Mike … you made a difference and you will be missed.

Priscilla Knight

August 24, 2019

I worked in Emergency Management with Mike and he was one of the good guys. He always treated everyone with respect no matter what level they were on. He will be greatly missed by those who really knew and loved him.

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