Diana Lynn Hontz, 43, of Peoria, Arizona went home to the Lord on September 22, 2007. Diana was an Emergency Medical Technician working for the state of Arizona as the Emergency Medical Services Regional Coordinator for the Arizona Department of Health Services. She graduated from Arizona State University (ASU) in 1987 with a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science. In 2002, she was named Volunteer of the Year by the City of Surprise. She was preceded in death by her brother Steven Alan LaSalle. She is survived by her husband Steve Hontz and her two children, Josh and Kelsey; her brother Bradley LaSalle of Tucson, Arizona and her mother Cindi LaSalle-Shanks of Prescott, Arizona. Diana was a devoted mother and as an EMT devoted herself to saving the lives of others. All who came in contact with Diana came away impressed with her dedication and tireless energy to give back to her community. She will be very much missed by all who knew her. Visitation will be held Friday, September 28th from 6 to 9 pm at Community Church of Joy, 21000 N. 75th Ave.. A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, September 29th at Community Church of Joy in Glendale, Arizona, with a reception following. Arrangements are being made by Hansen Arrowhead Funeral Center, Arrowhead Memorial Gardens, 623-362-3255. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hope 4 Kids International or the 100 Club of Arizona.

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This is a brief eulogy from Robert D. Shanks Jr., Diana's step father.
These remarks are from the service held September 22, 2007 at Joy Community Church,
Peoria, Arizona honoring Diana's life.

Diana from Dad Bob

I spoke to Steve a couple of days ago and asked him if Pastor Tim was going to say a few words about Diana. He said, no you are, so here I am.

Her big blue eyes were so captivating and penetrating. And she scrutinized me thoroughly when I was dating her mother. She looked into my soul and my brain. She was so protective of Cindi and loved her so much. She was every bit as much a daughter as my own three daughters and I loved her like she was one of my own kids.

Helen Keller once said, "So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain."

That's Diana, always sweetening another's pain. Diana had the ability to size up individuals quickly and help them, always serving others. If she needed help, she would somehow turn it around and be offering help to you seeing if you needed some support.

She was such a devoted mother. She and Steve's parenting skills are reflected in two outstanding teenagers, Josh and Kelsey. Having worked with young adolescents for a number of years I can say without reservation they are two of the best well rounded youngsters I have had the pleasure of meeting and being around.

We meet few souls on this road of life that impact our hearts and minds in so many positive ways. Diana was one of those few and far between individuals, she made a big difference in my life and the lives of so many others.

Daughters are the stars in the night sky shining down on us and when we lose one the universe dims…our universe has dimmed. We love you Diana.

God speed Diana oh sweet daughter.