September 7, 1928 – June 21, 2020
George A. Dietz didn’t just witness Sarasota’s growth. He helped make it happen. Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, George attended the University of Florida College of Law School and served in the Korean War as a JAG officer in the U.S. Marine Corps before joining Williams Parker in Sarasota in 1955, becoming a name partner of the firm in 1959.
George specialized in real estate law and was instrumental in developing much of Sarasota County and Longboat Key, including the Meadows, Bay Isles, and the Longboat Key Club.
Throughout his career, George was active in community affairs and in the broader legal community. He served as the president of the Greater Sarasota County Chamber of Commerce and of the Sarasota County Bar Association, was a founder of the United Way Foundation, and served on the boards of Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota Foundation and Hospice of Southwest Florida Foundation. In the 1980s, he served four years as a member of the board of governors of the Florida Bar. For more than 35 years, he served as a member of the trustees of the Sarasota County Law Library. In 2013, he was recognized as a Legal Legend by the Sarasota County Bar Association.
More about George’s life and accomplishments can be read in his obituary.