Bill Dieball Sr., retired Assistant Deputy Director of Operations and Programs, died last month.

Mr. Dieball, 66, spent more than 30 years working for California Department of Corrections (CDC) as it was then known.

Mr. Dieball was born in October 1946 to Red and Mary Worthington of Arroyo Grande, Calif.  As a young boy, he worked in the local fields to help put food on the table for his six younger siblings.

At age 17, he joined the U.S. Marines and, while serving in Vietnam, was awarded the Purple Heart.

His younger brother, Dennis, was killed in Vietnam at age 18.

When Mr. Dieball returned from Vietnam, he started his CDC career as a correctional officer at the California Men’s Colony (CMC) in San Luis Obispo. He worked at various other institutions as he steadily rose through the ranks. He ultimately was promoted to Assistant Deputy Director at CDC Headquarters.

He loved his job and the people he worked with, a family spokesman said.

He took a medical retirement in 2000.

One of his sons, Billy Dieball, is a Correctional Sergeant at CMC.