Diana Lee Wild
1944 ~ 2014

Diana Lee Wild was born on January 28, 1944 in Ojai, California to Felix and Eva Fanning. On November 6,2014, she passed away from a long and courageous battle with cancer. Her family was grateful to be with her as she returned home to her Heavenly Father. Diana had 5 brothers, four of whom are still living: Danny, Butch, Earl and Gary Fanning. She is also survived by her two sons Karl and Hans, their wives, and her four grandchildren Kolton, Gavin, Delaynie and Garrett.

Diana had a few main passions during her lifetime. First was for her children and grandchildren. Next, she believed strongly in the value of education. Painting and drawing were hobbies for which she had real talent and took great enjoyment in creating. And finally, anyone who knew Diana, knew the love she had for her dogs. Over the course of her lifetime, her pets gave her so much enjoyment and were loyal companions to her, right until the very end.

Diana spent much of her life working as a teacher.She graduated from Sacramento State in 1978 with her Bachelors of Arts and Social Welfare. She then earned her teaching credential as well and began her 25 year career in education. For about 8 years she moved to Germany and taught elementary school for the Department of Defense. During this time, she developed a real love of the country and its culture. She later earned her Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Special Education from the University of Utah. Even during the last two years of her life while dealing with the worst of her cancer battle, she earned her PhD in Education. She was able to combine two of her greatest interests in preparing her doctorate; her love of animals and her care for the education of children with disabilities. Diana did a great deal of research on how service dogs could be beneficial to children with autism. Her writings were even acknowledged by a foremost expert in this field. Even until just a few months ago, she was receiving requests for her to do peer reviews of others’ writings on the subject of autism and the use of service animals.

No one loved dogs more than Diana. She provided a great life to many dogs over the course of her lifetime. In return, her pets loved her dearly. They saw her through the hardest times of her life and we are thankful she has been reunited with some of those beloved pets.

Diana was a very talented artist as well. She created paintings for many of her friends and family and they are a treasure to all who have them. Diana also enjoyed teaching her granddaughter Delaynie how to paint as well and that is a special memory we will always have.

An important part of Diana’s life was traveling and introducing her sons to as much of the world as she could. She had a deep love for Germany, especially after spending so much time there. She took her sons all over Europe and their cherished dog Bud saw the world with them.

Of even more importance to her family was the decision she made to join the Church of Jesus Christ in 1979. As a single mother of two, Diana felt a need for religion in her life and those of her children. She actively studied and researched many religions and ultimately chose to join the LDS Church. As a result of that decision, she changed the course of her posterity. Both of her sons, Karl and Hans served honorable missions for the church and were later married in the temple. As her family, we all thank her for making that choice and being the pioneer within her family line.

Finally, we are thankful to Diana for the great mother and grandmother she was to all of us. Her grandkids will always hold dear many special memories, including the slumber parties and late night stories she would make up and tell them. They will also remember her puppets and the entertaining shows she would put on for them. Coming to Grandma’s house and enjoying her famous roast and potatoes or her enchiladas was part of the Sunday experience. Grandma Wild loved to spoil her grandkids and take them on fun shopping trips as well. They will remember their special "lunch dates" with her, too. Her grandkids knew how much they were loved by her and they will hold close to these dear memories.

We love you Diana. You’ve been a wonderful mother, grandmother, and friend to so many. We are thankful you now get to rest with your Heavenly Father. Until we see you again.

Funeral services will be held Monday, November 10, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the Alpine 12th LDS Relief Society Room, 910 South High Bench Road, Alpine. Friends and family may call Monday morning from 9:30 - 10:30 am prior to services at the church. Interment will take place in the Alpine City Cemetery.


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