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Edbert Ernst Louis Dittmar

September 27, 1938 ~ September 22, 2021 (age 82)

Obituary

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     Edbert Ernst Lewis Dittmar, 82 , passed away on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 in Gooding.

     Edbert was born on September 27, 1938, in Gassen Germany to Walter Louis Dittmar and Else Emma Heinze.

     Ed’s early years were in WWII Germany which created the opportunity for many events he called adventures. The adults in his life did not consider them as adventures as he did. One of which was his family escaping post war East Germany.

     Ed, along with his family, immigrated to the United States in 1956 when he was 17, coming through Ellis Island.  While on the ship Ed won a ping pong tournament against the many American GIs returning home. He has been fond of ping pong since and held many family ping pong tournaments.  

     His family settled in Salt Lake City Ed attended one year and graduated from Highland High School this gave him the ability to attend the university here in the US.

     He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was able to serve a mission to Austria, where being a native German speaker helped many people realize that the gospel is for all people throughout the world.

     Ed was a member of the United States Olympic Alpine Skiing team and participated in the 1960 Squaw Valley Games. When asked about his favorite memory surrounding that experience, he would tell you all about the showers in the athlete village where there was “endless hot water for showers”. 

     Throughout his life. Ed has shared his love of skiing with many friends and family members by teaching them how to ski and coaching youth race teams. 

     Ed attended and graduated from BYU with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. While attending BYU he met and married the love of his life Pamela Ann Bisel. 

     Ed and Pam settled in Issaquah Washington to raise their family of six children. An ideal place to raise a family with good neighbors, friends, and ward family close by. As a family the Dittmar’s lived the weekends in the camper enjoying camping, skiing (both water and snow), and taking “shortcuts” to each destination. 

     Ed had a distinguished career working for: General Dynamics, Rocket Research (where he worked on projects for NASA), Boeing Company, Haggoth, Owner of Cost Machinery Tools, Taught at his Alma Mater BYU, and owner of Dittmar Development.

     Along with his distinguished career there are a number of inventions and patents under his name. His family often referred to him as the “crazy inventor”. Which was appropriate because many have known Ed as “Crazy Eddie”. 

     Ed has served in many church callings and assignments through the years but one of their favorites was the mission they served together in the European Area Family History Center. Fulfilling Ed’s promise to Pam when they married that one day, he would take her on a mission. He was able to share many of his childhood memories with Pam during their time there together. 

     Ed’s graduation from this life was quick for which his family is extremely grateful. Although it is believed that he suffered with the pain from cancer for more than a year he was diagnosed only three weeks prior to his passing.   Ed passed away from pancreatic cancer September 22, 2021, with his oldest daughter Kim by his side and his loving and dedicated wife playing the piano to calm his troubled heart. 

     Ed would have celebrated his 83rd birthday September 27th, but we know that this year he is celebrating his birthday with his parents, two siblings and other friends and family who preceded him in death. 

     We hope the skiing and the flying are all you imagined Dad! 

     He is survived by: the love of his life - Pamela Ann Bisel Dittmar; his children - Kimberli (Anthony) Perkins, Michelle (Matthew) Crowley, Terrasa “Tracy” (Matthew) Bennett, Ryan Dittmar, Gared(Susanna) Dittmar, Alesha (Brandon) Harrison; twenty-one grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. 

     A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 4:30 pm at 11777 S Willow Wood Dr. in Draper, Utah.

     Flowers for the celebration can be sent to 11863 S Blue Heron Dr. in Draper, Utah 84020.

     Cremation arrangements are under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service – Gooding Chapel.

 

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