Terry Deitz - Survivor: Panama Contestant
Deitz - CBS BIO
Terry Deitz was born and raised in Matawan, New Jersey, by
his mother, Peggy and father, George. He has three brothers, Mickey, Skip
and Tommie, and one sister, Pegi.
Deitz attended St. Joseph's Grammar School in Keyport, New Jersey, where
he played little league baseball, football and basketball. He was also an
avid swimmer and a member of the dive team. He then attended St. John
Vianney High School in Holmdel, New Jersey, where he earned 11 Varsity
letters in football (quarterback), baseball (catcher) and wrestling. He
received All County and All Conference awards and made All-State Baseball
1st Team. In addition, he was Varsity Captain for three sports.
From 1978 to 1982, Deitz attended the United States Naval Academy. While
there, he played four years of Varsity Division I baseball. In 1982, he
was ordered to the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier as a Ship's Officer in
the Weapons Department, where he handled ship's defense systems. He was
also Officer of the Deck qualified, which enabled him to run the ship for
the Captain on a four-hour watch rotation.
In 1984, Deitz was ordered to the US Navy flight school in Pensacola,
Florida, where he learned to fly a Navy T-34 turbo prop. He earned jet
grades and was sent to Meridian, Mississippi for T-2 and T-A4 advanced jet
training. After he obtained his Navy wings, he was ordered to NAS Miramar
in San Diego, California, for training in the F-14 Tomcat. In 1986, he
began flying the F-14. In 1987, he was a pilot with the Fighter
Squadron-51 (Miramar/Deployed on the USS Carl Vinson CVN-70).
Deitz met his wife, Trish, six days before his last six-month cruise. They
had three dates, and then he went away for six months. They eventually
married on October 5, 1991.
From 1990-1992, Deitz conducted shore duty as an F-14 Instructor pilot. In
1992, married life with family aspirations triggered his decision to leave
the active duty Navy.
He was honorably discharged from active Navy and entered Navy reserve. He
was then hired by American Airlines as a commercial pilot. In 1994, he and
his family moved from San Diego to Simsbury, Connecticut to be able to fly
out of New York and Boston. While employed as a commercial pilot, he was
also hired by the Naval Reserve Logistics Squadron-52 where he flew the
DC-9 worldwide out of the Navy air station in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.
He was later promoted to Commander and eventually retired in April 2001.
Beginning in 1995, Deitz continued to fly with the Navy Reserve and was
promoted to Commander. He had also moved over to the wide body Airbus
A-300 at American Airlines to fly both London and Caribbean routes. He
retired in April of 2001.
Deitz presently resides in Simsbury, Connecticut with Trish and their
children, Kayla and Daniel. He continues to fly with American Airlines,
piloting the Airbus A300. His birth date is October 10, 1959.
Terry Deitz -
wife's perfume, dinner cooking, cigar smoke outside
baseball, golf, tennis, hockey, surfing
Sox, Jets, Navy
THE AMAZING RACE, ESPN, Fox News, Weather Channel
Private Ryan, Castaway, Top Gun
Damon, John Travolta, Tom Cruise, John Cusack
Zellweger, Marisa Tomei, Jennifer Aniston
& roll, Springsteen, Eagles, John Cougar Mellencamp
Illustrated, Aviation Week
Clancy, Colin Powell
banana, orange, melon, strawberries
nuts, low carb protein bars
chip, Heath bar, white chunk macadamia
Ultra, Guinness, rum & Coke, scotch