Ernesto Diaz Jr.
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Ernesto Diaz Jr.

El Paso - On March 30, 2021, Ernesto Diaz Jr., a.k.a. Ernie, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 46 in El Paso, Texas. Ernie served eight years in the Marine Corps as a utility engineer and aircraft mechanic thus furthering his aviation career after being honorably discharged. He successfully owned and operated an aviation maintenance shop in Santa Teresa, NM.

He lived his life by the Marine Corps code of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. He also believed in fulfilling life with passion, "do what you love with passion". Among his was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycles. His first was gifted by his wife in which lit the fire behind the ride. Another passion was hiking the Franklin Mountains and Lost Dog Trails with his best four-legged friends. However, his favorite past-time was being with his wife and family.

Ernie's main goal in life was to make everyone he came across laugh and smile; living vicariously through music lyrics and movie lines; lending a helping hand without ever wanting anything in return. His personality along with his charming smile and boisterous laugh was simply contagious. His character was tried and true, his life an open book, honest to a fault, a unique sense of humor and a pure heart of gold. He was absolutely the best son, brother, husband, and father. He was loved and revered by many.

He will be honored privately at his request.

Ernie is survived by his wife Leigh Ann Torres-Diaz; children Damian Folino, Teresa & Anthony Diaz, and step-daughter Jasmine Rodriguez; parents Gloria & Ernesto V. Diaz Sr.; sisters Amanda Diaz & Jessica Ramirez; BIL, Saul (Nacho) Martinez, nieces and nephews Brandon, Alli, Adrian, and Ava "cado"; as well as his grandmother, aunts and uncles.

We will miss you forever, like the stars miss the sun.

Forever in our memories but eternally in Heaven because of your faith in Jesus Christ.

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

Galatians 2:20 NIV

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Published in El Paso Times from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2021.
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April 27, 2021
Ernie (netito) i still remember how old you were when I married your uncle. Very sweet and funny young man. I will never forget those beautiful memories. I will miss you Ernie. I know we will see each other in Heaven.
Diane Bolenbaucher
April 24, 2021
May you have eternal rest Netito, we will see you soon.
Gloria Buell
April 23, 2021
I'm still in shock that ur gone. I miss u so much. I have so many great memories of u. I'm so proud of all ur accomplishments in life that you did. I know I'll c u again when I go home. Love u Mijo.
Margaret Ramos
April 21, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Linda Vasquez
April 21, 2021
Ernie we all miss you. I have no one to debate me on Facebook anymore. I also remember how you can eat a whole bowl of chili with tostada chips at once. I felt not that weird because I thought I was the only one. Lol . You went away too soon cousin . You you primo.
Anna Bolenbaucher
April 20, 2021
We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.
Ana and Rudy Solis
Ana Solis
April 19, 2021
Ernie, I don't understand this. All I can say right now is I Love You and May You Rest In Peace. Condolences to your family and I will help Leigh Ann with whatever I can do to help her through her loss of her beloved husband.
Karla Morrissette
April 19, 2021
Heartbreaking to find out of your untimely passing. Remembering all the good times hanging out during lunch way back in the day at the old Socorro High School, and to come across this news via Facebook is quite a shell-shock to say the least. I hope God gives you good will company up in the heavens in his kingdom and may your soul rest in eternal peace. So long my friend. Gone but never forgotten (as I give you one last military salute.) -Edgar Archuleta
Edgar Archuleta
April 19, 2021
I love u mijo so much I am and will always be so proud of u see u soon Much Respect !!!#
Big Frank
April 19, 2021
Ernie, my heart is broken for you, your Beautiful wife Leigh Ann and your family. May God continue blessing them. I knew you only through social media but I could tell you had a wonderful heart. I had the opportunity to meet you with your awesome wife but plans fell through... I'll forever regret that. May you rest in God's eternal embrace. Our deepest condolences to your wife and family.
Mariza Soto
April 19, 2021
Sad that you are no longer here with us physically but you will always be with those who you have had friendships with, including myself. Glad to have known you for many years in high school and after in our adult life. Rest In Peace my brother and God Bless to Leigh Ann and the family, God has you in his hands and will comfort you during your loss.
Kerry Gene Dapron
April 19, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Tina Quinonez
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