Warren Claude Diehl 1920 ~ 2007 Warren Claude Diehl passed away April 29, 2007 at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada after a brief illness. He was born April 12, 1920 to Warren Charles Diehl and Thelma Searle in Salt Lake City, Utah. Claude lived most of his growing up years in Salt Lake City and attended Wasatch Academy in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, Westminister College, and graduated from the University of Utah. Claude married his childhood sweetheart, Violet Brown, on June 1, 1940. They moved to Colorado where Claude worked variously for a lumber mill, a music store and for the government, and with each with new job the income was better. Claude returned to Salt Lake in 1943 where they bought their first home. Claude joined the Navy in 1944 and served in the Pacific on the destroyer U.S.S. Pringle. While serving on the Pringle, the ship participated in four major battles. It was damaged and received casualties in the Philippines, and was eventually sunk by a kamikaze off of Okinawa on April 16, 1945. Claude survived with some injuries and received the Purple Heart. After his Navy service he returned to school where he got his teaching degree, and taught at various elementary schools and taught English and Latin at West High School. He also coached the baseball team. He moved his family to Redondo Beach, California where he taught school and then took a job as an engineering writer at Northrop Aircraft. In the late 1950's he moved back to Salt Lake City working for Sperry-Utah as an engineering writer. While working for Sperry, he also started working with his father and brother in a new family business, Diehl Lumber Products, Inc. He soon left Sperry and started a new career in the lumber business, to found Utah Components, Interstate Homes and Diehl Lumber Transportation. In 1972 he sold his interest in Diehl Lumber and moved to Bloomington, Utah with the intention of retiring, but instead he soon started St. George Lumber & Plywood along with a truss manufacturing company. He then together with his son, Roger, started Las Vegas Lumber & Plywood and bought the Coachmen Restaurant in Las Vegas. In 1985 Claude finally retired and moved briefly to California and by 1990 had settled in Depoe Bay, Oregon. From 1985 to 1994 Claude and Vi traveled extensively, and enjoyed many wonderful experiences. In 1994 Claude had a stroke which limited his travel. In 2005 due to failing health they moved to Las Vegas to be near family. No history of Claude would be complete without mentioning his great piano playing talent. He played the piano in many clubs in both Salt Lake and Los Angeles and this provided much needed extra income during the years that he was raising his family. Claude is survived by his daughters Nancy Montgomery and Jan Bernard and son, Roger, all of Las Vegas; brother, Larry Diehl and sister-in-law Lil Bauer of Salt Lake. Claude also leaves posterity of eight grandchildren and 12 great-grand-children. He was preceded in death by his wife Vi and oldest daughter Claudia Archuleta. Private services were held by his immediate family.