Casino mourns everyones mate after Tatham crash
By JANELLE McLENNAN
MITCH Dietrich missed his wife so much he cancelled an overnight stay with his brother and drove home at midnight. He never made it.
The 26-year-old Casino meatworker, described as 'everyone's mate' died last Friday morning when his car ran off the road at Tatham and rolled several times.
Mitch had planned to stay overnight in Evans Head with his younger brother Sam, but missed Tania, his wife of 15 months, so much he decided at midnight to drive home.
"Mitch was not just my husband, he was my best friend," Tania said yesterday.
"We started going out when we were 16 and we were both in high school. We've been together ever since.
"He was kind, easy going, loved a joke and thought of everyone before himself.
"If anyone needed anything done he was always the first to put up his hand to help. "He was also very romantic.
"He secretly planned out his proposal to me. Mitch arranged for all our family and friends to go to the Bellowing Bull, organised a mini bus, and when we were all there, in front of all the other restaurant guests, he went out on to the dance floor, asked everyone to be quiet, then got down on his knee and asked me to marry him."
A fanatical supporter of the Wests Tigers rugby league team, Mitch, a keen sportsman himself, played football for the Casino RSM Cougars, cricket for Casino Tatts and rugby union for Richmond Range.
Mitch's parents Robyn and Ian Dietrich described their son as a 'quiet achiever' who was a considerate, gentle young man who made friends easily and enjoyed life.
"One of Mitch's mates said to me the other day that Mitch never said a bad word about anyone, and that you'd never hear anyone say a bad word about Mitch that about says it all," Mrs Dietrich said.
"We are very proud of Mitch, he was a wonderful son," Mr Dietrich said.
Brother Sam will miss Mitch's ability to raise a laugh. "He always had something funny to say he could make anybody laugh," Sam said.
Mitch's funeral service will be held tomorrow at St Mary's Catholic Church at 2pm.