Bill Dietzel, an Air Force veteran who turned the Fresno Veterans Day Parade into the largest such parade in the West, died Thursday evening. He was 79.
Mr. Dietzel, who had been suffering from lung cancer, had been the parade's organizer since 2000. Last year, he was named grand marshal of the parade through downtown Fresno.
Mr. Dietzel made the Fresno Veterans Day Parade the largest west of the Mississippi, increasing participants from 2,000 in his first year to more than 9,500 in 2012.
No other information was immediately available.