It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a beloved member of our community, Al Diaz. Al passed away peacefully at home on February 15 at the age of 65.
Born on July 13th, 1957, he grew up in a tight-knit family that taught him the value of hard work, loyalty, and love. These values remained with him throughout his life, and he passed them on to his own family.
Al had a deep appreciation for cars and all things automotive. He loved to spend countless hours tinkering in the garage alone or with family and friends. He attended numerous car shows and enjoyed sharing his passion and enthusiasm with fellow car enthusiasts.
Throughout his life, Al was dedicated to bringing joy and happiness to those around him. He was especially passionate about the holiday season and dedicated much of his time to spreading cheer as Santa Claus. Many families have fond memories of their children sitting on his lap, sharing their holiday wishes with the jolly man in the red suit.
He was preceded in death by his father Bernardino Diaz, his mother and stepfather Cecilia and Mauro Hernandez and his son Jason Diaz. Al is survived by his wife of 22 years, Cecilia. His daughter Brandi Diaz of Port Orchard, WA; his stepchildren Cecilia Herrera, Marco Herrera, and Oscar Herrera and 7 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Jesus Diaz (Laverne), Barney Diaz (Janelle), Frankie Diaz (Rosie), Robert Diaz (Emily), and his sister Pilar Suarez (Jesse), of Port Orchard, WA along with many nieces and nephews.
He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother, and friend, who had a kind and generous spirit, and a heart that was always in the right place.
His loss is felt by his extended family, friends, and the countless individuals whose lives he touched throughout his lifetime.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 20, 2023, at Dreamland Cemetery in Canyon, Texas.
A Visitation/Viewing will be held from 1:00-6:00 p.m. with a Rosary recited at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 19, at Lighthouse Funeral Home Chapel, 3707 Wolflin Ave., Amarillo.