Weekly newspaper of Three Rivers, California, and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

Tyler Dietz: 1993 ~ 2018


Richard Tyler Deitz of Elderwood died at his home on Friday, April 27, 2018. He was 24.
A memorial service will be Monday, May 14, at 10 a.m., at Foothill Bible Church, 37721 Road 200, Elderwood. A reception will follow at the Cottonwood Barn in Elderwood.
Tyler was born December 29, 1993, in Visalia. He was born with a genetic metabolic disease, but despite multiple surgeries and hospital stays, he never let it hold him back. 
Tyler would frequently be seen driving his wheelchair around Elderwood, going to church or visiting family. He was an inspiration to all he met.
Tyler was an avid sports fan. He loved all sports, but his favorite was NASCAR. Tyler always dreamed of becoming a crew chief. 
He met lots of NASCAR drivers, crew members, and team owners who all enjoyed talking to him. His knowledge of the sport surprised a lot of them. 
His favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt Jr., whom he met through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He was able to attend a race in Charlotte, N.C., and visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Tyler also was a video game expert. It was amazing to watch him play. He would beat most everyone he played against.
Tyler also loved to drive his remote-control trucks and enjoyed racing at Exeter Hobbies.
Tyler’s hero was his brother, Dylan. They were so close. 
Dylan would help take care of Tyler. They played video games, and Dylan would take him for rides and adventures together. Tyler was proud of the work Dylan did and would always ask when his brother was coming home. 
Tyler was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Richard H. Deitz and Timothy G. Baker.
Tyler is survived by his father, Rich, of Farmersville and mother Heidi of Elderwood; his brother, Dylan, of Elderwood; his grandparents, Bill and Sandy Crawford of Woodlake, Kevin and Kathy Bohl of Three Rivers, and Margaret Baker of White House, Tenn.; great-grandmother Evelyn Stiltz of Three Rivers; his aunts and uncles, Gary and Becky Davis of Elderwood, Monte and Brenda Peckinpah of Visalia, Ray and Alicia Deitz of Exeter, Barbie Alexander of Three Rivers, Carrie Van Dellen of Visalia, Lucas and Courtney Birdwell of White House, Tenn., Ben Bohl of
Colorado, and Nick Bohl of Georgia; and many cousins. 
Tyler will be greatly missed. He impacted so many lives.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Valley Children’s Hospital, Woodlake Fire District volunteers, or the donor’s favorite charity.