Debra Squire Dietzman

Honored by:John and Martha Squire
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Deep appreciation and a devotion to God's natural world, caring about and for other human beings and their condition, a creative use of the written and spoken word and a dedication to highest standards for her professional and personal life are the reasons that Debra Jane Squire Dietzman's parents nominate her to the Roll of Honor.

 Debra was born October 26, 1956 in Boston, Massachusetts as the eldest child of John and Martha Squire. As children of a pastor's family Debra and her younger brother Mark David grew up in several Iowa communities --- Waterloo, Mason City, Sioux City and Des Moines where she graduated from Lincoln High School in 1974. Following graduation from the Honors Program at Iowa State University in 1978 she worked briefly as a newspaper reporter then joined the United States Forest Service.

 As a public affairs specialist she assisted in the development of environmental impact statements and forest plans for the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests in Colorado and the Ottawa National Forest in Michigan. In 1985, Debra coordinated the delivery of the National Christmas Tree from the Ottawa forest to Washington D.C. She is currently a supervisor in the public affairs section of the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin where she provides visual and oral interpretation of the laboratory's activity conducts workshops seminars and retreats.

Debra and her husband Gordon Dietzman share a deep concern for the responsible use of the environment and spend much time and effort promoting and working in this endeavor. Debra's family friends and communities have enjoyed, appreciated and benefited from her sharing of her musical gifts as a violinist and choir director.

 She has created restful home environments which speak of her appreciation of the natural world and its beauty. Her creative talents are reflected in gifts and remembrances and in the professional guidance she has provided to her church and community. Debra Squire Dietzman has lived with a spirit of adventure and her generous sharing of herself and her abilities have made a very positive impact wherever she has lived. To those who know her best she is a true heroine.