MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. (KOIN) — Kim Dietz was described by her ex-husband as “a very energetic, very kind, kind soul…an exceptional woman.”
They remained close even after they divorced. Kim Saltmarsh Dietz was one of 9 people slain at Umpqua Community College on October 1. She was laid to rest Sunday following a service at Pyrenees Vineyard.
Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59, loved the outdoors, her 18-year-old daughter and her two Great Pyrenees dogs, said Robert Stryk, the owner of Pyrenees Vineyards in Myrtle Creek, where Dietz worked as a caretaker for many years.
Dietz was taking classes at the same college as her daughter, who was unhurt in the shooting, Stryk said.
“That’s really the tragedy here, is that this is a woman who was just trying to better herself,” he said.
Dietz’s ex-husband, Eric, is the vineyard manager, and both were still close friends, Stryk said.
Eric Dietz, who had posted updates on his Facebook page while searching for news of his daughter and ex-wife, on Friday posted a picture of Kim and confirmation of her death “with deep grief in my heart.”
Stryk said that the two had met in Southern California, but that Kim Dietz was originally from England.
“She was a very energetic, very kind, kind soul,” he said. “Kim was an exceptional woman.”