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With camo rings, young couple planned wedding by the river

Young and in love, Alan Bejvl and Delaney Webb were planning their wedding when disaster hit.


Seattle Times staff reporter

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Alan Bejvl and Delaney Webb were so in love.

Bejvl’s last Facebook post, on Saturday morning before disaster struck, was “10 things I need to be happy.” Directed at his fiancée, Webb, it said “you, you, you ...”

The young couple were staying at the home of her grandparents, Thom and Marcy Satterlee, planning their August wedding when the mudslide swept their dreams away.

“We’re going to have them cremated and mix their ashes together,” said Alan’s mother, Diana Bejvl. She believes her youngest son, 21, and future daughter-in-law, 19, are dead.

Their bodies have not been recovered.

She recalled that they first met in a Darrington High School shop class and Alan taught Delaney how to use a tape measure. If it was love at first sight, they didn’t let on.

Later, when both were out of high school, they reconnected on Facebook through mutual friends. They began texting and Delaney asked Alan if he’d like to go out. He asked if she meant like on a date. She said yes. “Give me a minute. I need to get a dictionary,” he replied. “I’ve never had a date.”

They were supposed to go out on a Saturday in December 2012. But they couldn’t wait. They met Wednesday at a Taco Bell and talked for hours, said Diana Bejvl.

He was glowing when he came home that night and told her, “ ‘Mom, I think this is going somewhere.’ ”

That’s not to say the couple shared identical interests.

Alan grew up on a farm, without radio and TV. He was “full country,” his mother said. He loved four-wheeling and making furniture with his portable sawmill.

Delaney was a cheerleader and loved being a girly-girl, her mother, Nichole Rivera, said. “She would never go out without her makeup.” Her great-aunt Debbie Satterlee called her a “fashionista.”

It wasn’t too long, though, before they were engaged and wearing matching camouflage rings. She slowly started wearing pink camo clothes. He wore a purple shirt she bought him. “It’s funny how they were crossing over for each other,” Diana Bejvl said.

She worked in retail, but wanted to study business in college so she could one day open her own dog-breeding and training company. He got a job at Reece Trucking & Excavating in Tulalip, where he got to drive heavy equipment.

“I don’t ever remember a time when he wasn’t happy,” said his boss, Andy Reece. “It didn’t matter what I threw at him, he found a way to turn it into positive energy.”

The couple got an apartment in Everett and adopted two rescue dogs, Anna and Molly. Alan insisted Delaney quit her two jobs and focus on her classes at Everett Community College. As an independent woman, Delaney wasn’t sure she wanted him to support her, Diana Bejvl said. “But by her reaching her goals, he was reaching his,” she said.

They tired of the asphalt and noise in Everett, she added. Alan, in particular, missed the rugged terrain and towering trees he grew up around.

After Delaney finished her next quarter at college, they wanted to move back to the Darrington area, where she would finish coursework online.

They planned to have their Aug. 16 wedding on her grandparents’ property near the Stillaguamish River. At that time of year all the maple trees on Steelhead Drive would be in full leaf and light would filter down on the wedding party.

Alan had it figured out: He would pick up Delaney in her wedding dress from the house in his four-wheeler and drive her down to the altar he would build near the river.

Their hope was to eventually buy their own 10 acres, build a log cabin, have some horses, and start a family in about five years.

“They left their lives at the peak of their joy,” Diana Bejvl said.

Bob Young: 206-464-2174 or byoung@seattletimes.com

Seattle Times news producer Gina Cole and news researchers Gene Balk and Miyoko Wolf contributed to this report.



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