Earl B. Diller III|
Earl "Duke" Diller was born January 1, 1955 in Seattle, Washington to his parents Earl and Emily Diller. He was the first born of the three Diller Boys, Duke, Bill and Tom. In his early years he attended elementary and middle school in Anacortes and high schools in both Bellevue and Hermosa Beach, California. He later went to the University of Washington where he graduated with a degree in Political Science.
He worked primarily in real estate related fields and soon after college spent many years building commercial buildings with Peck Jones in Los Angeles. Then, in later years, he resided in Bellevue where he and his brothers built and managed various buildings, real estate projects and businesses.
His greatest passion though, was farming in the apple orchard in eastern Washington. There, for many years, he enjoyed working in the orchard alongside loyal associates and together growing only the finest Apples and Cherries. As with everything he did, his farming was known for a commitment to quality and always taking the correct step to do things right. It was there that his relaxed and natural, friendly personality made him always enjoy his neighbors, appreciating the family lifestyles of the orchard business and eastern Washington. Accordingly, it was at the orchard where he met the true love of life whom he married, Maria "Rosie" Diller. He and Rosie were married, enjoyed many early years in the Orchard, and began their family, first with their son Justin and later, daughter Emily. In more recent years they resided in Bellevue, Washington where the children attend St. Louise Elementary school.
Duke loved and lived his life for his family. He loved being around his children Justin and Emily, attending events with Rosie, playing, and sharing family time. A consummate family man, he always shared his calm, caring and relaxing demeanor with all and will always be remembered as an honest, caring and loving person throughout his life. Duke is survived by his loving family Rosie, Justin and Emily, his Father Earl Diller, his brother Bill and nephew Charles, his brother Tom and his wife Mary Diller and nephews Jackson and Parker. Duke's unique, loving, warm and generous persona will be missed by all his friends, family, co-workers and anyone who ever had the pleasure of meeting him.
Services for Duke are to be held at The St. Louise Church in Bellevue on Friday August 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM. Immediately after the service there will be a reception at the reception Hall of St Louise Parish.
Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family's on-line guest book at
Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 25, 2013