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Eugene "Lee" Deitz

January 28, 1934 January 5, 2019
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Obituary for Eugene "Lee" Deitz

Eugene “Lee” Deitz of Hayden, Idaho entered into Heaven on January 5, 2019 due to complications of cancer and dementia after surviving a horrific motorcycle wreck riding his beloved Honda Goldwing motorcycle at speeds up to 100 mph on the Coeur d’Alene River Road at age 80.

Lee was born January 28, 1934, in Belfield, ND to David and Eva Deitz. Lee attended school in Green Acres, WA and Coeur d’Alene High School. He met the love of his life, Shirley Clemetson at the Coeur d'Alene Roller Rink and they were married October 2, 1953 at Willow Acres Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene.

Lee enjoyed the outdoors, especially riding snowmobiles and motorcycles. He traveled all over Idaho and went on long road trips with his wife Shirley on their Goldwing motorcycle. Lee loved driving fast. He raced stock cars from 1956 to 1958 at the Sunset Speedway and had the opportunity to help break in the Coeur d'Alene Speedway when it was built. His team was sponsored by Bennion Oil Company and Don Lavoie. He enjoyed taking his family to see the hydroplane races on Lake Coeur d’Alene and they made many memories taking family trips in the summer. He liked to putter around his garage and work on his many projects. Lee loved to fish, boat, hunt and camp which he enjoyed doing with his daughters and grandchildren. He loved to rise early at camp and ride his bike 5 miles (one way) to Avery Creek while scouting for wildlife and firewood. He is dearly loved by his grandkids who looked up to him as a mentor and role model.

Lee worked at Kaiser Aluminum Trentwood plant for 42 years and retired in 1995. After retirement, Lee and Shirley enjoyed traveling, which included a trip to Norway. They also became snowbirds, driving their motorhome to Yuma, Arizona for many years, and finally decided to buy a place on a lot that included a fifth-wheel trailer so they could enjoy more company.

Lee is survived by his wife, Shirley of 65 years; daughters: Cheryl Boni (Bob Cameron), Leeann (Brett) Kimball, Jan Deitz; 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; sisters: Bonnie Olson of Townsend, MT, Charmaine (Don) Kolb of Spokane, WA, Becky Ellis of Anaconda, MT; and brother, David Deitz of Coeur d’Alene. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jerry; and daughter, Teresa Chariton.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the Dalton Gardens Church of Christ, 6439 N. 4th St., Coeur d’Alene, ID with graveside services at Coeur d’Alene Memorial Gardens and a reception to follow at the Church of Christ.

The family wishes to thank Rose Terrace Cottages and Schneidmiller Hospice House of North Idaho for their loving care and also Yates Funeral Homes.


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Funeral Service

Saturday

12

Jan

11:00 AM 1/12/2019 11:00:00 AM
Church of Christ

6439 N. 4th Street
Dalton Gardens, ID 83815

Church of Christ
6439 N. 4th Street Dalton Gardens 83815 ID
United States

Graveside

Saturday

12

Jan

12:00 PM 1/12/2019 12:00:00 PM
Coeur d' Alene Memorial Gardens

7315 Government Way
Coeur d' Alene, ID 83814

Immediately following the funeral service.

Coeur d' Alene Memorial Gardens
7315 Government Way Coeur d' Alene 83814 ID
United States

Reception

Saturday

12

Jan

1:00 PM 1/12/2019 1:00:00 PM
Church of Christ

6439 N. 4th Street
Dalton Gardens, ID 83815

Following the graveside service.

Church of Christ
6439 N. 4th Street Dalton Gardens 83815 ID
United States
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