James Dietz, 79, died peacefully March 3, 2022. He was born in Chicago on October 17, 1942, to Edward Gardner Lewis Dietz and Harriet Kearney Dietz.
James and his family arrived in June 1950. Little Rock Hall High School in 1960. He received a baseball scholarship at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas. He spent four years pitching in the Carolinas for the New York Yankees Minor League squad.
He started his insurance and real estate career with Rector Phillips Morse. He and his late brother Kearney Dietz formed The Brothers Dietz, a new real estate firm. A commercial broker, James later returned to Rector Phillips Morse as Vice-President of Commercial Sales, earning 15 years in the Million Dollar Club. He was in charge of developments including McCain Business Park, Sycamore Business Park, and Northwood Commercial Park.
Many people know James as a community servant. From 1989 through 1999, he represented Arkansas House District 66. He was also a board member of the Recovery Center of Arkansas and a member of the North Little Rock Boys & Girls Club. James was recognized into the Boys and Girls Club of Central Arkansas’ Jim Wetherington Hall of Fame in 2014. The Rotary Foundation also awarded him a Paul Harris Fellow. He also led the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.
Judi Evans Dietz of North Little Rock, is his wife of almost 60 years. Dr. James Gardner Dietz Jr. (Lee Ann) of Memphis and Richard Evans (Bryan) Dietz of Little Rock. Hannah, Haley, and Eva Dietz all live in Memphis. James’ brother Richard (Kay) of Atlanta, GA, survives. His siblings Kearney (Floy Jean) of Little Rock and Sherrin Wood (Dale) of Florence AL died.
The funeral will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on March 11, 2022. Rest Hills Memorial Park will be next. The funeral home will be open from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on March 10, 2022. The Rosary is off. An alternative monument is the North Little Rock Boys and Girls Club, 600 N Palm St, North Little Rock, AR 72114.
Services by Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St., North Little Rock, Ark. Online guestbook at www.smithfamilycares.com