John Anthony Damitz

Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Nikiski resident John Anthony Damitz died Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with his wife by his side. He was 71.

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, June 26, at The Driftwood Inn, 138 W. Bunnell Ave. in Homer. His cremated remains will be scattered in Kachemak Bay at a later date.

Mr. Damitz was born May 27, 1938, to George and Cecilia (Wilhelm) Damitz in Antigo, Wis. He attended and graduated from Antigo High School. Soon afterward, he served in the National Guard in Wisconsin. On Jan. 28, 1967, he married Diana, his wife of 42 years, in Wausau, Wis.

Mr. Damitz was an auto mechanic by trade. He worked for Shanak's Garage and Mason and Sim's Tire Shop. He and Diana were owners and operators of John's Auto Services in Rib Mountain, Wis., from 1968 to 1989. They also owned and operated the Rib Mountain Petro Mart in Rib Mountain from 1990 to 1994. This was the beginning of their retirement.

They traveled in their motor home to the southern states. In the summer of 1995, they motor homed the Alaska Highway into Alaska, deciding to settle down so they could fish and hunt. When in Wisconsin, hunting white tail deer on his home farm in Aniwa with his father and brothers was a tradition. At their lake home in Northern Wisconsin, the fishing for walleyes and muskies were another favorite. When living in Alaska, he fished the Kenai River.

"He loved halibut fishing and trolling for silvers from the 'Diana Lee,' in Kachemak Bay and Resurrection Bay. He enjoyed the scenery just as much as he did the fishing. When he was at his home on Paradise Island, he enjoyed all the waterfowl and moose that inhabited Daniels Lake, which he shared with relatives and friends. His black tail deer hunting trip on the Kittiwake II to Kodiak was very successful, as the moose hunt to Calgon Island on the Diana Lee was. He will be greatly missed by his wife, family and friends," his family said.

Mr. Damitz was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Claire Martzahl.

He is survived by Diana Lee (Tesch) Damitz of Nikiski; sisters, Patsy Damitz of Aniwa, Wis., Ann Damitz of McGregor, Texas, Barb Payton of Indianapolis and Marian and husband, Richard Meidl, of Peoria, Ariz.; brothers, Kenneth and wife, Tessy, of Aniwa, Joseph Damitz of Schofield, Wis., James Damitz and wife, Susan, of Aniwa and George Damitz and wife, Lou Anne, of McGregor; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Damitz's memory to the Parkinson's Resources of Oregon, 3975 Mercantile Drive, Suite 154, Lake Oswego, OR 97035.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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