Obituary: Richard Tyler Deitz

Richard Tyler Deitz

“Tyler” was born in Visalia, Calif. on Dec. 29, 1993 and passed away in his beloved Elderwood, Calif. at the age of 24 on April 27, 2018.

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 was Dale Earnhardt Jr., who 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 could be seen racing at Exeter Hobbies.

Tyler was born with a genetic metabolic disease that did not hold him back. Tyler had multiple surgeries and hospital stays. He was an inspiration to all he met. Tyler would frequently be seen driving his wheelchair around Elderwood going to Church or visiting family.

Tyler’s hero was his brother Dylan. They were so close, Dylan would help take care of Tyler immensely. They played video games and Dylan would take him for rides had adventures together. Tyler was proud of the work Dylan did and would always ask when his brother was coming home.

Tyler is survived by his parents, Rich of Farmersville and Heidi of Elderwood; brother Dylan of Elderwood; grandparents Bill and Sandy Crawford of Woodlake, Calif. Kevin and Kathy Bohl of Three Rivers, Calif. and Margaret Baker of White House, Tenn; great grandmother Evelyn Stiltz of Three Rivers; aunts and uncles, Gary and Becky Davis of Elderwood, Monte and Brenda Peckinpah of Visalia, Ray and Alicia Deitz of Exeter, Calif., Barbie Alexander of Three Rivers, Carrie Vandellan of Visalia, and Lucas and Courtney Birdwell of Whitehouse, Tenn; as well as lots of cousins. Tyler was preceded in death by grandpas Richard H. Deitz and Timothy G. Baker.

Tyler will be greatly missed by all who met him. He impacted so many lives.

The memorial service will be Monday, May 14 at 10 a.m. at Foothill Bible Church at 37721 Road 200 in Elderwood with reception immediately following at the Cottonwood Barn also in Elderwood.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Valley Children’s Hospital, The Woodlake Fire District Volunteers, or your favorite charity. Flowers are being handled by La Casa Verde in Woodlake. Tributes and condolences may be made at Arrangements entrusted to Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Ave. in Visalia, Calif. For more information, call 559-732-8371.

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