Alfred ‘Al’ L. Diset, age 93, passed away peacefully on July 1, 2008 after having a brief but courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Jan. 22, 1915 in Malta, Mont. to Didrick and Clara Diset. He was the oldest of three sons. He was married to Barbara J. Wolfington for 58 years until her death in 1993. They moved from Los Angels, Calif. to Oroville in 1942. Al raised apples from 1943 to 1975 when he retired.
During his 66 years of making his home in Oroville, he was involved with many local projects and community activities. He was a Boy Scout leader for many years. His children during their school years could always count on Dad to be at all of their activities. He was a member of the Senior Center and Methodist Church. Al was a member of the Independent Order of Oddfellows (IOOF) for over 60 years. During 1984-85 he was given the honor of Grand Master for the States of Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska. He was actively involved with the IOOF Home located in Walla Walla, Wash.
In 2005 he was Grand Marshal of the Oroville May Day Parade. He was pleased to receive this honor and with his sense of humor stated, “I enjoyed practicing the parade wave.”
He and his wife enjoyed traveling. One of the highlights was their trip to Norway, the home of his ancestry. While his grandchildren were growing up, during their visits he always enjoyed taking them fishing, which was one of his favorite hobbies. He was also an avid stamp collector.
Al was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; two brothers, Walter and Bernard.
He is survived by his son Terence Diset (Fran) of Oroville; daughter Patricia Riggs of Carson City, Nev.; daughter Karen White (Tony) of Olympia, Wash.; four grandchildren: Jeffrey Riggs, DonE Riggs, Kim Riggs, Teri Lea (Diset) Sheaffer and eight grand grandchildren.
We were blessed to have our dad, grandpa, great grandpa with us for so long. We love him and he will be greatly missed. A graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite charity.