John A. “Jack” Dietz, 62, Fargo, N.D., died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 at Sanford Medical Center.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, Fargo, N.D.

Jack was born April 8, 1950 in Wahpeton, N.D., to John and Audrey (Ehlen) Dietz. He grew up in Wahpeton and graduated from Wahpeton Senior High School. While attending school, Jack reached the rank of Eagle Scout. Jack attended North Dakota State University, graduating in 1971 with a degree in history and psychology. He attended University of North Dakota Law School, graduating in 1974.

Jack married Donna Johnston June 10, 1972 in Rolla, N.D. Jack worked as a judicial referee with the North Dakota Supreme Court. He had a profound impact on the lives of the youth he worked with and was revered by many of his colleagues. He retired in 2004. He then served on the Library Board for Fargo Public Libraries for several years.

Jack loved his family very much and is survived by his wife, Donna; son, Justin Dietz, West Fargo, N.D.; daughters, Shannon Dietz, Apple Valley, Minn., and Brigitte (Joe) Jaszkowiak, West Fargo; father, John V. Dietz, Bismarck, N.D.; four grandchildren; brother, Michael Dietz, Rochester, Minn.; and sister, Kate Dietz, Bismarck.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Audrey Dietz.

Memorials can be sent to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home in Fargo is in charge of the arrangements.

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