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Obituary of Ted Deitz
Theodore (Ted) Earl Deitz was born on December 28, 1931, in Barberton, Ohio to Wallace and Josephine Deitz, the youngest of two boys. He passed away April 18, 2023, at the home of his daughter. As he wished, no services will be held. Cremation is under the care of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.
Ted grew up in Barberton and graduated from Barberton High School in 1950. After attending Akron University, he enlisted in the Air Force in 1951. Ted’s first assignment was to Mountain Home Air Force Base where he met Ellen Prentice; they worked in the same building. Ted and Ellen married in 1952. In November of that year, Ted was transferred to Pepperrell AFB in St. John’s. Newfoundland. The following summer Ellen joined him in St John’s. In 1954 their daughter Debbie was born. When Ted was discharged from the Air Force in 1954, the family moved back to Barberton where they lived for a year and a half before Idaho called them back. Their son Gary was born in Mountain Home in 1956. They lived in Boise for thirty years, then Arizona and in Waldport, Oregon before returning to Idaho to live in Mountain Home until 1999 when they moved to Boise.
Self-taught, Ted built several inboard engine v-drive boats, and the family spent many fun filled times waterskiing at Lucky Peak, Spring Shores, Anderson Ranch Dam, and Arrowrock Dam. Warm Lakes was a favorite spot to camp and waterski and all-around great time. Most of our summers were spent camping at Warm Lake while perfecting our waterskiing skills. The names of some of the boats he built were: Maverick, Magnificent Beast, Epilepsy, DandyLion, Powder Puff, Nugget, LaHoncho and ButterNut.
The family took up snow skiing in 1964 at Bogus Basin ski resort. Several years later, dad joined the National Ski Patrol, working up the ranks and becoming President of the Bogus Basin Chapter in 1977.
After returning to Boise from Newfoundland and Ohio, Ted began working for the Idaho Air National Guard in May of 1956 and retired as a section chief at the rank of Master Sargent in 1982 after 25 years. He then took on other projects such as converting a 35-foot Blue Bird bus into a motor home, building apartments, and remodeling houses.
He is survived by his daughter, Debbie Price of Boise, his son Gary (Sallie) of Bellingham, Washington, his grandson Aaron Childers, fiancé Bernadette Teran, and two great grandchildren, Brayden and Ava Childers of Chandler, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, and his wife, Ellen, of seventy years.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Ted Deitz, please visit Tribute Store