Born on Oct. 7, 1928 in Reno, Nev., her parents went on vacation while awaiting her arrival. Her father, Henry Koch, was born in Los Angeles and her mother, who was later divorced by Henry, was of the Hutcheson family of New York. Not much was known about her mother as Diane was raised by her father.
She attended Saint Mary's Academy for high school and 3 1/2 years at the University of Southern California studying journalism. Diane was issued a pilot's license to fly at age 16.
I first met Diane, who was a friend and camping buddy of my sister, upon leaving the Air Force in 1952, I started to go along with my sister and Diane to social events and eventually we cut my sister out. We were married on June 20, 1953, in Lake Tahoe, Nev.
We were blessed with three children: Julie born Sept. 8, 1954; Amy born Dec. 18, 1955; and Steven born May 23, 1958. Unfortunately our daughters Julie in 1983 and Amy in 2008 preceded Diane in passing due to cancer.
After our children were all in school Diane went to work as a volunteer in the Los Angeles Unified School District and after several years of that she was convinced by staff to go to work for the district as a classified worker soon to be utilized in the library where she spent most of her career.
Diane and I retired in January 1979. We had lived in our home for 26 years and noticed the neighborhood was deteriorating so we started a search on where to go. Diane said that her father used to hunt in a place called Bear Valley Springs and was impressed with the area so we decided to check it out.
We built our home 38 years ago in Oak Knolls where we presently reside. Diane was a member of the Tehachapi Hospital Guild for 22 years and served a year as president. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society, the Golden Girls and the Tehachapi Elks Lodge. Diane enjoyed our ranch and named every animal we had and that included goats, sheep, cows, pigs, ducks, chickens and a pony.
But after about 10 years we decided they were hampering our travel plans. Diane loved to travel, camp and fish. We had travel trailers, boats and a motor home which were utilized to travel the United States, Mexico and Canada. Diane loved to cruise and at last count we had 35-plus cruises including the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, Greece, South America, Canada and land tours of China, New Zealand, Great Britain, France Morocco, Italy, Spain, Greece and Mexico.
About five years ago on a "Bucket List" trip to Savannah, Ga., Diane noticed a pain in her back but being the trooper she was, the trip continued. Later that was diagnosed as degenerative vertebrae. After much treatment it was determined that her condition was incurable as her bones were too soft. Of course this condition led to others due to the deterioration of her vertebrae and compression of her body, eventually leading to her passing.
Diane is survived by her husband, son, three granddaughters, their loved ones and three great-grandchildren. Gatherings celebrating her life are pending.