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John Thomas Dietz, Jr.

June 14, 1936 — March 5, 2024


John Thomas Dietz, Jr.

John Thomas Dietz Jr., 87, of Daniel Island, South Carolina, passed away at home surrounded by family on March 5, 2024. He was born on June 14, 1936, in New York City, New York. John graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

John had several jobs after college but ultimately retired after 30 years at Moore Products Company in Knoxville, TN where he designed and sold process control system instrumentation to large industries. John was known for his lifelong love of adventure and travel, which led him to earning his private pilots license. After retiring in 1993, he became a part-time travel consultant which gave him even more opportunity to travel the world and share his expertise with others.

Once fully retired, John and his wife, Pat, lived aboard their 40-foot trawler, the Nereus, for nearly two years cruising the southeast waterways before docking in New Orleans. In 2002 they sold their house and boat  and began their adventure on Daniel Island. 

In his free time, John was a docent giving tours at the H.L. Hunley submarine. John was a pioneer resident of Daniel Island and was quickly involved in the communities activities including the Family Circle Tennis Tournament, the fishing club, and establishment of the Low Country Explorers. He then dedicated many of his retirement years serving on the Silver Haired Legislature for the betterment of all South Carolina seniors.

He worshipped at First Scots Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, where he served as a Deacon and a Docent, served as a Stephen Ministry leader, started Scots on the Go, and delivered meals to shut-ins for Meals on Wheels.

John is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patricia Dietz, his sons Tom Dietz and Steve Dietz, their spouses Elise White and Kina Mallard respectively, his grandchildren Brad Dietz, Kristin Nelson, Rebecca Latham, and their spouses, as well as his great-grandchildren Addie, Maverick, and Valor Dietz, and Ellie and Maddie Nelson.

A service to celebrate John's life will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 3 pm at First Scots Presbyterian Church. J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mt. Pleasant Chapel in SC is assisting with the arrangements.

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