Delbert was the son of Delbert Sanford Elliott & Doloros Mabel Yates. He married Delores Chrystine Snider on 17 June 1967 & they had 1 son. He married Cheryl Gilliun on 2 March 1976 & they had 1 son. He married Elizabeth Ann Carroll on 5 March 1983 & they had 2 children. Delbert served with the US Navy during the Vietnam War.