KILMARNOCK—Thomas David Deitz was released from this world and entered heaven on January 28, 2023.
He was born in 1957 and raised in Wicomico Church by his parents, William Frederick Deitz Jr. and Lucille (Dawson) Deitz.
He is survived by his beloved family: his wife of 43 years, Valerie (Packett) Deitz; his son, Jason Deitz (Shelley); his daughter, Jaime Hanks; and five treasured grandchildren, Tucker, Tripp, Annabel, Teddy and Colette.
David is also survived by his brother William Frederick Deitz III (Shelia); his sister, Anne Vassar (Bill); and many nieces and nephews.
David partnered with his brother to operate Deitz Farms and also worked as a sales manager at Crop Production Services for 35 years before retiring in 2014. After retiring, he loved having the freedom to farm, full time, with Freddie.
David’s life revolved around faith, family and farming. He was a great father. He never hesitated to climb off the tractor to coach, watch a game or just show up for his children. He deeply loved his family and loved spending time with them. Each grandchild held a very special place in his heart.
His love and faith in the Lord were immense and he was a long-time member of Fairfield’s Baptist Church and served as a deacon and trustee for many years and was very involved at Kingdom Kids until 2022.
David loved fishing and cruising in and around the Chesapeake Bay and especially enjoyed an ice-cold beer. He loved to make people laugh and was a good friend to many. He could talk to and find common ground with anyone.
He will be sorely missed by us all.
A Celebration of Life will be held outside at 9:30 a.m. Friday, February 10, at Good Luck Cellars in Kilmarnock. David had a heart for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Please make any memorial contributions to stjudes.org. or any organization of your choice.