Jerald Dihl |

Jerald Dihl

A memorial mass for Jerald J. Dihl, M.D., of Lake Wildwood will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grass Valley.

Dr. Dihl died Thursday, Jan. 8, at home. He was 73.

He was born June 28, 1930, in Wichita, Kan., to Joseph and Delia (Nussbaum) Dihl. He graduated from St. Vincent’s High in Vallejo, the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1954, and Creighton University Medical School in Omaha, Neb., with an M.D. in 1958. He did his orthopedics residency at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland. He served in the U.S. Navy as a captain and was a Vietnam veteran.

He married Janet Walsh April 18, 1959, in Vallejo. He worked for more than 40 years as an orthopedic surgeon, first for the U.S. Navy in Jacksonville, Fla., and then in Los Gatos. He was a member of the Fellow of American College of Surgeons, the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, the California Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the Santa Clara County Medical Society and the Western Orthopedic Association. He enjoyed fishing and football.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Dihl of Lake Wildwood; daughters and sons-in-law Marnie and John Spencer of Bolinas and Julie and James Morton of Portland, Ore.; sons Joseph Dihl of Davenport and Thomas Dihl of Eureka; sisters and brothers-in-law JoAnn and Ivan Swanson and Connie and David McKee; sisters Kay Howell and Helen Larson; and grandchildren Zach and Nathaniel Spencer and Dillon and Madeline Morton. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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