2014-06-12 / Obituaries

Dieter Dubberke

Dieter Dubberke was born in Germany in 1938, where he survived the horrors of World War II. As a child, he endured many of the devastations that a war brings. As a young teen, he was then sent to America and adopted by his maternal uncle.

After graduating from high school in Culver City, he joined the U.S. Army where he served from 1957-60, often as an interpreter for a unit stationed in his former homeland as it recovered from the effects of the war.

Upon his return, he married his high school sweetheart, Diane Parenti. He then embarked on a 20-year career with Safeway, Inc., learning all facets of the retail grocery business, and becoming manager of the company’s store in Ojai.

Being an avid outdoorsman and looking for new ways to fulfill his dream of being self-employed, he happened one day to see a mini-mart for lease as he passed through Mariposa on his way to a vacation with his family in Yosemite.

In the summer of 1978, Dieter left Safeway in Southern California and moved his family to Mariposa, where he embraced the country way of life and the beauty of the mountains. As his businesses grew, he committed himself to giving back to the community that supported him. One example is Mariposa’s annual county fair, where he was an enthusiastic supporter of the Junior Livestock Auction. Another way he responded was creating the Pioneer Market Sports Challenge program, where a percentage of sales receipts are redeemed and given to the athletic programs at Mariposa County High School.

His success and generosity did not go unrecognized. Some of the awards Dieter received included Fresno Bee Businessman of the Year, and the Daughters of the American Revolution Americanism Award.

When receiving such awards, he used the occasions to speak out in favor of small businessmen everywhere, emphasizing how important such people are to the health and welfare of their communities, and how their entrepreneurial spirit is the bedrock of the American way of life.

Dieter will be remembered for his resilient and determined spirit especially when it came to facing life’s challenges and complexities. Ever an optimist with a huge reservoir of energy, Dieter focused on problem solving and learning from his mistakes rather than blaming others. Many individuals and families in the community were influenced by his gregarious personality and positive nature. He also was deeply devoted to his family and his Christian faith.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Diane, his four sons and their wives, including Lance and Janna, Brian, Loren and Tonia, and Jason and Tracy. He is also survived by his nine grandchildren, including Amber and her husband, Grant; Emily, Laura, Danae, Breanne, Shaye, Kirsten, Chase, and Luke—and two great grandchildren, Makenzie and Levi.

He was active in the New Life Christian Fellowship church, a member of the American Legion and participated in many activities which he saw as bettering his beloved community.

Remembrances in Dieter’s name can be sent to Mariposa Friends of the Fairgrounds at P.O. Box 5008-362, Mariposa, CA 95338 or to New Life Christian Fellowship at 5089 Cole Road, Mariposa, CA 95338.

Arrangements were under the direction of Mariposa Funeral Home.

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I AM SADDENED TO HEAR OF

I AM SADDENED TO HEAR OF DIETER'S PASSING. HE WAS A CLASSMATE IN CULVER CITY, CA HIGH SCHOOL. WE BELONGED TO THE SAME SERVICE CLUB THAT WAS BOTH A HI YMCA CLUB AND A SCHOOL CLUB. THE LAST TIME I SAW DIETER AND DIANE WAS AT OUR 50TH CLASS REUNION. I DIDN'T GET TO SPEND MUCH TIME WITH THEM, BUT I AM GLAD FOR THE TIME WE HAD TOGETHER. I ALWAYS THOUGHT OF HIM AS A FRIEND, EVEN THOUGH, WE HADN'T SPOKEN OR SEEN EACH OTHER SINCE HIGH SCHOOL. WE LIVE IN A TIME THAT IS CALLED " THE HAPPY DAY'S " OF THE 50'S IT IS SAD TO THINK THAT HE HAS JOINED SO MANY OTHER CLASSMATES THAT PRECEDED HIM IN DEATH. I AM GLAD TO KNOW THAT HE WAS ALSO A BROTHER IN JESUS CHRIST. I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING HIM AGAIN IN HEAVEN, AS A FOLLOWER AND BELIEVER IN CHRIST. WE DON'T KNOW WHEN OUR DAYS WILL END HERE ON EARTH, AND I KNOW MY DAYS ARE A GIFT FROM THE LORD JESUS. I WANT TO TELL DIANE AND HER FAMILY HOW VERY SORRY I AM FOR YOUR LOSS.I WILL pASS THIS INFORMATION ON TO SEVERAL OF OUR CLASSMATES. GOD BLESS YOU, RICHARD HAMEL

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