James David Dietz, known as Jim to most and James to a few, passed unexpectedly to a different realm, Jan. 30, 2019.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at the Lamb-Roberts Funeral home. Jim would have wanted any remembrances to be directed to the Eddie Adams Workshop for Photography.
Born Oct. 26, 1965, in Sterling, Kansas, Jim lived much of his youth in Ottawa. He discovered his love of photography while at Ottawa High School. This love became a career. Following graduation from Kansas State, he worked at the Blue Springs/Independence Examiner. This led to a global role in photojournalism at the Associated Press and then Getty Images. He was one of the initial lead instigators of the front line digital darkroom and electronic imaging processing. His skills and participation were utilized at locations/events such as the Olympics, Academy Awards, professional sports, and world news events. His passing occurred whilst preparing for the 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta. He shared his love for photojournalism in other ways. He was an active participant and lead with the Eddie Adams Photography workshops.
Father, son, brother, friend, photojournalist, thinker, doer, mechanic, skilled cook and enthusiast were all words used to describe Jim. There were few things for which Jim did not have a general understanding.
Jim loved spending time with his two daughters and especially enjoyed their visits to New York City when they explored all the city had to offeróexhibits, dining, shopping and museums. He spent extra time cultivating their special interests in photography, film and the arts.
In his personal time, he would do his best to keep an older European car functioning. Cooking, carpentry and reading were other delights. All who knew him will miss his knowledge, capability, skills and friendship.
Jim is survived by his parents, Dylce and Louise Dietz, of Ottawa;sister, Carole Domagola, of Phoenix, Arizona; brothers, Mark Dietz, of Georgetown Texas; and Steven Dietz, of Merriam; daughters, Annalise Dietz and Alayna Dietz, of Annapolis, Maryland; and his partner, Diane Turner, of New York, New York.