Gayton Carl Diehl, a World War II veteran, passed away peacefully on July 10th at the Rim Country Health Rest Home.
He was born in Menasha, Wisconsin to Carl and Dorothy Diehl on July 14th, 1925. Known to many as G.C., he joined the Navy right out of high school, becoming a medic as well as a head cook during the time he served. After leaving the Navy, he was a Reserve for 8 years. Upon being honorably discharged, he worked at the Marathon for 23 years. He eventually moved his family to Arizona in 1969 and worked in the motel business. He found his way to the town of Payson in 2019, and thoroughly enjoyed fishing with his family during Trout Tournaments at Willow Springs Lake.
G.C. was married to the love of his life, Lola, for 28 years until her passing. He then relocated to Oceanside, California, where he remained with his longtime partner, Charlotte, for 35 years.
G.C. is preceded in death by his beloved parents, wife Lola, and sons Leroy and Allan. He is survived by son Terry (Sylvia), son Clyde (Sue), partner Charlotte, and many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He will be greatly missed.
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