David Diaz Jr., transitioned from physical life on Sept. 2, 2012 as a result of complications from Alzheimer's at Casa de Oro Nursing home with his wife at his side. He was born to David C. and Felicitas Diaz on June 20, 1938 in El Paso, Texas where he spent his early years. His family eventually moved to San Antonio, Texas where he attended Thomas Jefferson High School where he excelled in music as a violist. Two years in a row, he was awarded the Texas State Scholarship to Interlochen Summer Music Camp and later a scholarship to Julliard which he had to forego. After serving in the U.S. Navy as a reactor and power plant operator on the U.S. Navy Ballistic Nuclear Submarine, the USS John Adams, he attained an electrical engineering degree from NMSU. At the height of the offshore drilling industry, he was employed by Earl & Wright Marine Engineering in San Francisco and later by SEDCO in Dallas where he designed and installed cutting-edge electrical power systems for offshore drilling rigs which took him to all parts of the world, especially Japan, which he loved. Upon moving to Las Cruces in 1985, he joined HELSTF where he held the position of Instrumentation & Controls manager/supervisor. David was multi-talented and gifted with a brilliant mind that embraced anything and everything but dearest to his heart were Music, Cars, History, the work of Tesla & The Universe. He also held a special affinity with animals both domestic and wild. Those who remain on the physical plane who are mourning his passage are his adoring wife of 37 years, Sherry, sons from his first marriage; David III, John and Robert and brothers; Hector and Dimas along with numerous extended family members. He is also survived by his parents-in-law; Stanley and Audrey Brown and sister-in-law, Linda Bellavia. At David's request his body has been cremated and there will be a celebration honoring his life at a later date. He would be most appreciative of any charitable donation in lieu of flowers, especially to benefit animals, Alzheimer's, Hospice or St Jude's. The family extends their deepest gratitude to Casa de Oro Nursing Home, Hospice and La Clinica Dental for their most extraordinarily compassionate and skilled care. Arrangements by La Paz - Graham's Funeral Home. 526-6891. www.lapaz-grahams.com.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Sept. 15, 2012