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Don "Coach" Anthony Ditta

December 22, 1946November 14, 2020
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Don "Coach" Ditta passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at the age of 73. He was the beloved husband of Denise Vedros Ditta. Father of Tracey Ditta Guidry. Step father of Rowland Seal Jr. (Angela) and Amanda Seal. Grandfather of Alyssa, Layla, Kristin (Randy), Kaytlin, Dalton (Courtney), Dawson, Kameron, and Dylan. Son of the late Anthony Ditta and Josephine Ditta. Brother of Gail and Joanne (Richard), as well as the late Ruth. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Dorothy Vedros, as well as great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was an active member of River Church, where he was an integral part of the security team. He was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force, and worked with Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office for over 30 years, as well as 3 years with Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. He was heavily involved in giving back to his community, including being a DARE instructor, a Young Marine instructor, and being an Academy Instructor though the FBI. He loved athletics, and was heavily involved with the Special Olympics at St. Michael's Special School, the OPSO traveling softball team, and body building. He won numerous body building titles, but the one he was most proud of was being named Mr. USA 1987. He was inducted into the Louisiana Italian American Sports Hall of Fame as a body building champion. He continued to work out until the day of his passing.

A Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel of Westside Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 5101 Westbank Expressway, on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 11:00 AM. Visitation will begin at 9:00 AM. Interment will be in Gate of Heaven Mausoleum at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Cemetery. Due to the current health crisis, masks and social distancing are required. Express condolences at www.westsideleitzeagan.com.

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Darryl Foley

November 24, 2020

I truly am at a loss for words, but I will try my best. I first met Captain Ditta in May of 2016. I was just starting out with the Sheriff's Office as a newly hired deputy when I met him while on a tour of the Sheriff's Office Wellness Center. My memories of Captain were that He was a very firm, but fair man. He preached physical fitness for all especially those that served with and under him in the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office. He always offered a kind word and a firm handshake. The very last time that I spoke to him was on October 22, 2020. We were in line to both be tested for COVID-19. I instantly recognized him, spoke to him, and he immediately responded in kind. He asked me how I was doing, shook my hand, and gave me a pat on the back. The first reaction that I had was one of shock upon learning of his passing. His passing has reminded all including myself to truly appreciate your loved ones and the time you spend with them. I extend my condolences to his family and all those who were affected by his passing. Captain Ditta, you will truly be missed. We love you and hope to see you when God calls us home.

Deputy Darryl L. Foley / OPSO #1141

Don Channell

November 21, 2020

Denise, Cathy and I are so sad to hear our friend has passed. So glad to know where he is and that we will all see him again. You both are so special to us. Our memories of working out daily and spending time talking with you both during our extended stay @ God's House is a time we cherish and will never forget. Don was a prince of a man.

Stanley Deterville

November 20, 2020

Injoyed working with you and knowing you as the good friend you were and all the good times we had traveling playing softball RIP Brother

Layla Seal

November 20, 2020

I love and miss you coach.

Paul and Shay Vedros and StPierre

November 20, 2020

Denise and family,
Love and our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Let your faith be your guide when you need strength.
Know that Don is always with you in your memories and in your heart.

Peace be with you Denise. Let the love you and Don share provide comfort... let the light gifted to Don shine down upon you in your time of grief. Know that Don is with you always.

Angela Seal

November 20, 2020

Rest in Heaven Coach. Thank you for loving my girls so very much. We miss you greatly and love you.

Gil Vedros

November 19, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with Denise and the family. Rest In Peace Don.

GIL,Shonet, Barbara, Jan, Pedro, and Kristyn

Delilah Isabelle vedros

November 19, 2020

i miss his so much he was my uncle i remember almost every christmas he and my honey would watch football. he was so nice and he loved everyone and everyone loved him. I will miss him so much

David Ales

November 19, 2020

Your Spirit will always be in the gym and your memories will last a life time. Working together for the last 12 years has been a pleasure and You will truly be missed. Love you my man. God bless and I know you still have an eye on me from above.

LJ Falgout

November 18, 2020

Don was always a breath of fresh air for me. Whenever I struggled he was there to pick me up. My father and I loved him - God bless

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