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.
Tio Al had a big heart and loving soul. May he rest in peace! My best memories of him was watching him sit next to my welito Severo drinking their morning coffee. Also no matter how cold it was outside he wore his sandals he was never cold. He said it felt awesome out. You will dearly be missed fly high big teddy bear…💙
My sweet Al!
He was not just my brother in law, he was my friend and I will always treasure his friendship and all of our time together.
He always spoiled us and always knew when it was “coffee time”, or if we needed pie or something sweet to go with our coffee.
He was a gentle giant, with a heart the size of Texas and always had words of wisdom or comfort just when I needed it.
He will be missed more than he’ll ever know and I am a better person for knowing him. I love you and miss you my sweet Al! Rest In Peace my friend.
Al, we alway have each other in thought and prayer, Our love for car’s (Fords) whink, car’s and coffee one of are pass times we among others. I have nothing but good memories, thanks for your open door to your home and heart. Your loving Cuz.