May 11, 1937 - January 21, 2019
Donald Charles Dietz, age 81, peacefully passed away on Monday, January 21, 2019, in his Florida home with his wife Angela by his side
Donald (Don) was born in Warren, Ohio on May 11, 1937. He attended high school in Butler, Pennsylvania, where he played football and met his future wife, Angela (Angie) Belle Black. When he was 18 years old, he joined the Air Force and was there for eight and a half years, where he was sent to Yale University to become a Chinese linguist. During this time, he traveled to Taiwan where he discovered and learned lapidary work (stone cutting.)
After leaving the military, Don graduated from the University of Maryland in 1964 with his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. Shortly thereafter, he went to work for the U.S. Department of Defense and was there for 35 years, the last 5 years of which he was honored to have been a member of the Inspector General's office. During this time working for the US Government and Military, Don traveled to Taiwan, Korea, Hawaii (all with his family), Japan, Vietnam, South America and Turkey. He was a true patriot to the country he loved.
Don was a long-time member of the Florida Gold Coast Gem and Mineral Society where he was Vice President for 11 years and taught cabochon cutting and faceting. For the past 18 years he taught cabochon cutting, metal fabrication, metal casting and jewelry making techniques at Boca Raton Museum of Art School in Boca Raton, Florida
Donald's talents were many: he was extrtemely accomplished in stone cutting, silversmithing, art jewelry creation, tool making, teaching and the writing of many lapidary articles. He is notably known in the Lapidary Arts world for his in-depth research and work with how to turn Black Coral from the beaches of Florida into stunning precious jewelry piecces.
His interests were metal detecting, mineral collecting, rock hounding, reading, antique gun collecting and repair, target shooting, politics, jewelry repair, tinkering, traveling, gardening, and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his childhood sweetheart and wife of 60 years, Angela Belle Dietz; daughter, Tristina Dietz Elmes + Timothy Elmes; son, Christopher Dietz + Dawna Dietz and Josie Dietz, 4 granddaughters, Addison Ruff, Devon Elmes, Samantha Elmes, Kathryn Dietz; grandson Jonathan Dietz; and many, many adoring students and friends.