Earl Dieterich (October 5, 1936 - October 7, 2016)

2014 Hall of Honor Inductee Earl Dieterich passed away on October 7th, 2016. Coach Dieterich was well loved by his student athletes and fellow educators. Below is the published obituary.

Earl Wesley Dieterich, born Oct. 5, 1936, in Riesel, TX, to Heinrich “Henry” Dieterich & Erna Bartz Dieterich, went to live with his God Almighty on Oct. 7, 2016. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
He grew up in Riesel, TX, where he graduated high school in 1955 after many awards for athletics in addition to Most Handsome, Class Favorite, All-Around Boy, and FHA Beau all while fishing as often as he could. Earl continued his education and sports at Blinn Junior College where he played baseball for two years and continued to find time for his first love: fishing. He transferred to Sam Houston State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Vocational Agriculture with a minor in Biology in 1959. After college, he student-taught at Midlothian Junior High and then was hired as an assistant coach and science teacher. While coaching and teaching full time, he continued his education at Sam Houston State and earned a master’s degree in education in 1963.

On Aug. 13, 1960, Earl married Marthalu Baker of Mart, TX, after dating for three years. In 1961 Earl was named head basketball coach from which he established a legacy as the winningest coach in the school’s history. 

Earl and Marthalu had two daughters, Dee Amber and Dana Lou, while living in Midlothian for 56 years. As a dedicated educator, coach and small business owner, there wasn’t much time for hobbies but he made sure there was always family time for camping, hunting and fishing.

Earl and Sam Harrington built his first D&H Car Wash in Alvarado in 1967 and the second in 1968. In 1975 he became sole owner. Also that year, he resigned from coaching where he was awarded the game ball and recognized for over 300 wins. He began teaching agriculture and found the perfect job for an educator with a love for the outdoors. The state offered a special elective for an elite group of students called Ag-Resource that included hunting, fishing, taxidermy, and gun and boating safety.

While continuing to teach he expanded the car wash and built mini-storages with Dickey Ray and Gary Hayes in 1976 thru 1984. He retired from education in 1991 and spent as much time as possible traveling to support his children and grandchildren in their activities, and has served as the unofficial president of the “Coffee Club” at Texaco by Dieterich’s Car Wash every morning for as long as anyone can remember. Earl called it “P&S” from its original name. This club of friends meant the world to him, and he rarely missed a meeting.

A few of his honors and community contributions included: All-State Bass Fishing Team in 1984, Winningest Basketball Coach in Midlothian 2011, Midlothian ISD Athletics Hall of Honor for Coaching 2014, City of Midlothian Water Board, and lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Midlothian.
Earl Wesley Dieterich, born Oct. 5, 1936, in Riesel, TX, to Heinrich “Henry” Dieterich & Erna Bartz Dieterich, went to live with his God Almighty on Oct. 7, 2016. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
He grew up in Riesel, TX, where he graduated high school in 1955 after many awards for athletics in addition to Most Handsome, Class Favorite, All-Around Boy, and FHA Beau all while fishing as often as he could. Earl continued his education and sports at Blinn Junior College where he played baseball for two years and continued to find time for his first love: fishing. He transferred to Sam Houston State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Vocational Agriculture with a minor in Biology in 1959. After college, he student-taught at Midlothian Junior High and then was hired as an assistant coach and science teacher. While coaching and teaching full time, he continued his education at Sam Houston State and earned a master’s degree in education in 1963.

On Aug. 13, 1960, Earl married Marthalu Baker of Mart, TX, after dating for three years. In 1961 Earl was named head basketball coach from which he established a legacy as the winningest coach in the school’s history. 

Earl and Marthalu had two daughters, Dee Amber and Dana Lou, while living in Midlothian for 56 years. As a dedicated educator, coach and small business owner, there wasn’t much time for hobbies but he made sure there was always family time for camping, hunting and fishing.

Earl and Sam Harrington built his first D&H Car Wash in Alvarado in 1967 and the second in 1968. In 1975 he became sole owner. Also that year, he resigned from coaching where he was awarded the game ball and recognized for over 300 wins. He began teaching agriculture and found the perfect job for an educator with a love for the outdoors. The state offered a special elective for an elite group of students called Ag-Resource that included hunting, fishing, taxidermy, and gun and boating safety.

While continuing to teach he expanded the car wash and built mini-storages with Dickey Ray and Gary Hayes in 1976 thru 1984. He retired from education in 1991 and spent as much time as possible traveling to support his children and grandchildren in their activities, and has served as the unofficial president of the “Coffee Club” at Texaco by Dieterich’s Car Wash every morning for as long as anyone can remember. Earl called it “P&S” from its original name. This club of friends meant the world to him, and he rarely missed a meeting.

A few of his honors and community contributions included: All-State Bass Fishing Team in 1984, Winningest Basketball Coach in Midlothian 2011, Midlothian ISD Athletics Hall of Honor for Coaching 2014, City of Midlothian Water Board, and lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Midlothian.

Preceded in death by his wife Marthalu Baker, sister Grace Koester and brother Edwin Dieterich of Riesel. He is survived by his two daughters of Austin: Dee Marsh, and her husband Todd, and Dana Dieterich and her wife Lacey Goodpasture; three grandchildren, Hayden and Halle Shields and Grayson Wesley Goodpasture also of Austin; sister Alice Guest of Waco, niece Patty Dieterich Milner and husband Obie of Waco, nephew David Guest and his wife Lisa, cousins Bobbye Glaesmann and her husband Clinton of Groesbeck, and their children, Ronnie Glaesmann and his wife Mary Lou of Waco, Lori Kelley of Groesbeck, and their children, Clint Glaesmann, Todd Glaesmann and his wife Kelsey, and Sam Glaesmann of Waco, Kaci Kelley of Waco and Chris Kelley of Huntsville. And last but certainly not least – his sidekick and constant companion Baron.