Sept. 30, 1937 - July 21, 2006
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John William Alexander Dittman, surrounded by his family, transitioned from this life on July 21 at Kaiser Hospital after a two-year battle with diabetic complications. He was born September 30, 1937 in Casper, Wyoming, to Mary Louise (Dobby) and John Edgar Dittman.
His family moved to Vallejo when he was three years old. After graduating from Vallejo High School in 1956, he married his high school sweetheart, Marjean Meadows, and enlisted in the United States Army, serving for three years in the Army Security Agency. He was honorably discharged in 1959 and attended Vallejo Jr. College. He also opened "Dittman Moving and Storage" and worked with his wife until 1984. They traveled in their motor home for four months before moving to Napa and opening the "Napa Valley Art Store" in 1985. They retired from this business in 1998 and enjoyed family gatherings, music concerts, long walks, good food and dancing. He also had an active interest in politics.
He was a member of the Masonic Order of Vallejo, a lifetime member of the Naval Lodge, Vallejo, the Junior Chamber of Commerce, YMCA Indian Guides and was a team sponsor for the West Vallejo Mare Island Little League.
He is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of almost 50 years, Marjean; children John of Lake County, Matthew (Peggy) of Napa, Barbara (Mike) Ellis of Cordelia; loving sister Alice (Don) Fessler of Vallejo; seven grandchildren Jason, Joseph, Drew, Derrick, Diane, Haley and Larae; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by son Mark in 1993.
Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Richard Pierce Funeral Service, 1660 Silverado Trail, Napa, with interment to follow at Tulocay Cemetery, Napa. The Rev. Janet Garvey-Stangvik of the Napa Valley Center for Spiritual Living will officiate and the Masonic Order of Vallejo will serve as casket bearers.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Napa Valley Center for Spiritual Living, 1237 Coombs St., Napa, CA, 94559; or the American Diabetes Association, 1900 Powell St., Suite 285, Emeryville, CA, 94608. Condolences may be sent to the family via the online guestbook at WWW.RPFSC.COM.
Richard Pierce Funeral Service
1660 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558
Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Aug. 8, 2006