Obituary: Trying to save a life, Eric Dietz lost his own

  • Article by: MARY LYNN SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 24, 2013 - 11:04 PM
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birdmoveFeb. 3, 13 1:48 PM

I had the honor of knowing Eric. Though he never told me his real name, I knew him as Arrow. I met him at the Pahoa Village Museum at the Tuesday chess games. Later he joined our Keaau chess club and even tied with me in a tournament we held there. Later our club moved to Pahoa and is known as the Big Island Chess Club. He came a few times to our Saturday games. Then I never saw him again. I didn't know about his passing till yesterday (Feb 2nd), and I was shaken by it. He was 29 and I am 59, but I always enjoyed his company at our clubs, and I ran into him at the Makuu Market sometimes. I am not surprised that he may have lost his life trying to save someone else in trouble. Arrow amazed me many times in that he could set up an extremely complicated chess position on the board by memory and it have a precise winning series of moves to solve. I expect he had a photographic memory. Arrow was always great to be around and always very positive and friendly. Yet, when someone got very obviously out of line, he had the honesty and social skills to tell them in they were out of line, and explain to them why. I saw him do this with an individual, and that person, discussing it with Arrow, agreed that they were way out of line. Arrow, I am going to miss you, brother. Jon in HPP

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BearnardFeb. 3, 13 5:09 PM

Very sad, he was far too young. Goes to show, you need to respect deep water whether it's off the beach of warm and sunny Hawaii or bitter cold frozen Lake Minnetonka.

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