In memory of
Dean Dietrich, 71, a resident of Sedro-Woolley, Washington, died on Monday, February 21, 2011 at his home, in the arms of his family he loved so dearly. Dean was born, in Yakima, Washington on June 1, 1939 the son of parents Rudolph John and Iva Eleanor (Rowland) Dietrich. When he was 2 years old, Dean and his family moved to Skagit County where his family owned and operated the JM Rowland Cedar Poles & Piling Company. He graduated from Auburn Adventist Academy in 1957 and Walla Walla University with a degree in Chemistry in 1961. He attended Loma Linda University, graduating with his degree in medicine in 1965, before moving to Portland, Oregon where he completed his internship at Portland Adventist Hospital. From 1966 to 1968, Dean served as a Naval Officer in the Public Health Service in Browning, Montana. Dean spent nearly 2 years as a physician in the Adventist Mission hospital in Libya, the first of many health care missions he served abroad. Dean returned home to Skagit County in 1969 where he practiced medicine for nearly 40 years, serving the community he cherished. Dean, along with his wife Lois, raised their three children in Sedro-Woolley. He was actively engaged in his church and school communities, serving on many committees and boards, at North Cascade Adventist Church, Skagit Adventist Academy, Auburn Adventist Academy, and Walla Walla University. Dean loved the outdoors, hiking, hunting and fishing, but cherished most of all, the time he spent with his family and friends. We long for the day when we will meet him in Heaven at the feet of the Lord he loved so very much. He is survived by his beautiful wife of 48 years, Lois, at the family home; his sister, Judy Whitehouse and husband Gerald of Loma Linda, CA; his daughter, Tami Erwin and husband Darrell of Dana Point, CA; son, Dr. Greg Dietrich and wife Sharon of Lewiston, Idaho and youngest daughter, Susie Mayhew and her husband James of Battleground, WA; seven precious grandchildren, Jacqueline, Paul, Alex, Coleman, Alyssa, Grady and Jamie, six Thorn brothers and their families, his many "favorite" nieces and nephews and so many extended family and friends from around the globe. Internment will take place at the Sedro-Woolley Union Cemetery. A Celebration of his life will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the North Cascade Seventh Day Adventist Church in Burlington, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Skagit Adventist Academy Dr. Dean Dietrich memorial fund, 530 North Section, Burlington, WA 98233. For those who wish to pay respects to Dr. Dietrich, visitation will be available to Lemley Chapel on Thursday and Friday, February 24th & 25th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Services are under the care of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. Share memories of Dean and sign the online guest book at www.lemleychapel.com.
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