DiBi­ase, Dr. Anthony “Tony”

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Age 83

Dr. Anthony “Tony” DiBi­ase, 83, passed peace­fully Wed­nes­day, May 3, 2017 at home with his fam­ily in Hay­den Lake, Idaho af­ter bat­tling oral cancer for 15 years.

Tony was the 4th child born to Marco and Anna DiMar­cello DiBi­ase in Philadel­phia, PA. He had an older sis­ter, Anita, two older broth­ers, Vin­cent and Frank, and two younger broth­ers, Domenic and Mark, whom he loved to play sports with, tell jokes to, and have lively dis­cus­sions with at every fam­ily gath­er­ing.

Af­ter high school and one year of col­lege, Tony joined the Army from 19541956 and he was de­ployed to Kag­new Sta­tion, As­mara, Eritrea, where he held top se­cu­rity clear­ance and was a den­tal as­sis­tant. Dur­ing this time he was in­spired to be­come a den­tist, so af­ter he left the mil­i­tary, he at­tended Wash­ing­ton Mis­sion­ary Col­lege (Columbia Union Col­lege), in Takoma Park, Mary­land. At this time he met the love of his life, Dorothy Du­dosh, a nurs­ing stu­dent, in psy­chol­ogy class. They were mar­ried June 22, 1958. He at­tended Howard Univer­sity, School of Den­tistry, where he re­ceived the pres­ti­gious OKU Award from the National Den­tal Honor So­ci­ety when he grad­u­ated in 1964. He then moved to Da­m­as­cus, Mary­land where he estab­lished his pri­vate den­tal prac­tice for 33 years and where they raised three chil­dren, Russell, Sheree and Shelly.

His love of sports and the game con­tin­ued, and he started coach­ing ele­men­tary through high school sports. When his own chil­dren en­tered high school he be­came in­volved with Cap­i­tal Boys and Girls Club base­ball and soft­ball as a coach and then be­came a high school bas­ket­ball coach for boys and girls at Takoma Academy in Takoma Park, Mary­land for over 10 years. There he men­tored hun­dreds of high school ath­letes that nick­named him “Doc” or “Coach”. He was a rm, but gen­tle pres­ence and he could be caught laugh­ing, con­sol­ing and push­ing these young peo­ple to nd their pur­pose in life. He knew that sports were just a game, but he felt they could teach life lessons that would give them strength to be good men and women through­out their adult life. This has been ev­i­denced for many years, as his ath­letes would re­turn to high school re­unions with sto­ries that “Doc” and sports had taught them. He was so proud of all of his ath­letes and he talked about them of­ten.

Tony was on the Board of Trus­tees for Wash­ing­ton Ad­ven­tist Hos­pi­tal and Shady Grove Ad­ven­tist Hos­pi­tal for 25 years and he helped en­cour­age the de­vel­op­ment of the Shady Grove Ad­ven­tist Hos­pi­tal, in Shady Grove, Mary­land in 1979. He was pas­sion­ate about get­ting good med­i­cal care into up­per Mont­gomery County which was a ru­ral area at the time.

Tony and Dot­tie were found­ing mem­bers of the Da­m­as­cus Road Com­mu­nity Church, in Mt Airy, Mary­land and were ac­tive mem­bers of that church for more than two decades. He par­tic­i­pated in the Water Boyz for Je­sus, a faith based men’s min­istry which does com­mu­nity ser­vice out­reach projects, and also sang each year in the 100 Man Choir, which was amaz­ing to hear. He lived in Hay­den Lake, Idaho for the past 9 months dur­ing his cancer treat­ment and at­tended the An­them Church in Hay­den, Idaho.

Anthony was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, sis­ter, and two older broth­ers. He is sur­vived by his wife, Dorothy DiBi­ase; his el­dest son, Russell and wife Kathy; their two chil­dren, Dustin and his wife Carly, and Shane; his daugh­ters: Sheree and her hus­band Greg, their three sons, Cody, Kyle and Cole, and Shelly and her hus­band Bill, and their three chil­dren, Gabrielle, Lu­cas and Lind­sey.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at a later date. In lieu of ow­ers, please con­sider a gift of re­mem­brance to the Dr. Anthony DiBi­ase Foun­da­tion for Oral Cancer, 2170 Iron­wood Cen­ter Drive, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83835.

Yates Fu­neral Home has been en­trusted with nal ar­range­ments. Please visit Anthony’s on­line me­mo­rial and sign his guest­book at www.yates­fu­ner­al­homes.com. Please sign the Guest­book at www.legacy.com/wash­ing­ton­times

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