Great Falls 17-year-old David Delcomte passed tragically away one week ago. And Saturday, his friends and family laid their loved one to rest.
Hundreds of people turned out to celebrate his life and swap stories about the kind-hearted kid. Delcomte was a starting linebacker on the Great Falls CMR football team and played lacrosse for the Great Falls Fury club team.
His impact went much further than the playing field.
“David helped everyone. He had a huge heart and there’s not a soul here who David wouldn’t or didn’t help,” David’s mother, Jenette Delcomte, told MTN Sports. “He would take groceries down to his neighbors, he would do that just to help out where he was asked to help out. A few of our neighbors knew and offered him money, but he declined it because he was just a good kid all the way around.”
It’s been an emotional week for anyone who knew or was acquainted with David. Support for his family came swiftly and from all over. It’s helped more than Jenette can explain.
“It’s been tremendous. We’ve heard from people that we don’t know, who knew David from their children or knew him through camps,” Jenette explained. “The outpouring has been tremendous. It’s overwhelming and comforting at the same time. It validated for us everything we were proud of him for and how we thought he was. It was really, truly how he was.”
And if there’s one thing David loved it was CMR football. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to the Rustler football program. David’s family knows he wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
“He was absolutely faithful to CMR. His dad tells the story about how there might be a better football experience over at Great Falls High, but he declined,” Jenette said. “CMR was very important to him, his teammates were very important to him. I feel like those kids that he’s grown up with and were around the team were my kids. He absolutely felt that they were his brothers. The football experience, he truly loved playing football. He got that from his dad and he thoroughly enjoyed it. It was his sport.”