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Edward Dier, Jr

Ed Dier passed away Feb. 26, 2009, following complications from a fall. Ed was a long-time member of the El Macero Country Club, an avid golfer, and a consummate pastel painter. Many area residents have pastel portraits of themselves done by Ed. His landscape of the 12th hole hangs behind the bar at the country club. Ed is survived by his wife of 66 years, Rita, and by son, Ron Dier and his partner, Jock Stalker; by son, Chris Dier and his wife, Celeste, and son, Erik; and by his brother, Don, and his wife, Eva Jean.

Ed was born Dec. 16, 1921, in Hastings, Nebraska. At 18 he rode the rails to California with the dream of becoming an animation artist for Walt Disney. Instead he worked briefly in the landscape business while attending junior college in Sacramento. When World War II broke out he joined the Army, then later the Air Force. As a First Lieutenant, Ed piloted a B-24 bomber from a base in Sicily over targets in Germany. After the war, Ed worked as a sales manager for Setzer Forest Products and, in 1962, founded the Dier Lumber Company in Sacramento.

Ed cherished his time with his golfing buddies and with his early morning coffee group at Cindys Coffee Shop. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Eds life on Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 11 a.m. at El Macero Country Club. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Diabetes Society or the charity of your choice.

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To the Dier Family-- I never met Mr. Dier, but knew of him through my brother-in-law, Ken Mayberry, who worked at El Macero as the Assistant Pro until he passed away last year. Ken thought very highly of Mr. Dier and spoke of him many times. Mr. Dier did a painting of Ken several years ago, and later did paintings of Ken's grandchildren. My personal experience with Mr. Dier's art work was just last year. Without mentioning anything to me, Ken requested one more painting from Mr. Dier, which he graciously agreed to do. This one was of my son, Christopher, who was killed in a traffic accident when he was only 19 years old. Christopher also worked at El Macero, and likely met Mr. Dier during his employment. When it was completed, just three months before Ken passed away, Ken gave the painting to me. I was so deeply touched by that painting that it brought tears to my eyes. It is impossible for me to find the words to adequately describe my heartfelt appreciation to Mr. Dier for creating something so very special to someone he had never met. It is obvious that he was a genuinely caring and giving person with a good heart, and someone who was blessed with an exceptional artistic talent. My sincere condolences go out to you all. May God bless you and give you the strength and comfort you will need during this very difficult time in your lives.

Judy Buckman Osuna Mar 26 2009 12:00 AM

Dear Rita and Family, Our prayers reach out to you. Ed was always fun to have coffee with at Cindys in the morning. We are one of the lucky families to have one of Eds pastel paintings in our precious possessions and will think of him often. Love to all, Ken and Lynne Wegner

Kenneth and Lynne Wegner Mar 23 2009 12:00 AM

With Deepest Sympathy and Saddness, Gary Chapman

Gary Chapman Mar 22 2009 12:00 AM