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Ezequiel "Zeke" Diaz

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Ezequiel "Zeke" Diaz, 63, beloved and devoted husband, father, tata and brother, was called home by the Lord Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was a longtime resident of Bernalillo and a member of the Catholic community. Zeke served the Lord as a member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 7633, and held office for the local and state council. He was a devoted member of Our Lady of Sorrows Spanish Choir.
In life Zeke was an avid golf player and took every opportunity he could to play golf with his friends and his little grandson Diego. He was a member of the Santa Ana Golf Club. Zeke was a proud veteran of the Army who served in Germany.
He was employed by Salls Brothers Construction Company for 10 years as project superintendent. He was a giving man and devoted his time as a coach for the Coronado Little League, the Coronado All Stars and the YAFL football team in Bernalillo. Zeke will be fondly remembered as a kind, quiet man who was devoted to and loved his family dearly, especially his precious grandchildren. He had a special relationship with each one and was fondly called Tata.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Zenaida Diaz; a brother, Ruben Diaz; and his maternal grandparents, Josephita and Baltazar Marquez.
Zeke is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Inez Diaz, of the family home; his wonderful daughters, Renee Diaz and Victoria Baldonado; his precious grandchildren, Kendra Gurule, Kiana and Diego Baldonado; his sisters, Isabell and her husband, Clyde Archibeque, of Santa Fe, Mary Reason, of Anaheim, Calif., and Jan Rael and her husband, Dan, of Tularosa; his brothers, Raymond and his wife, Stella, of Tularosa, Robert and his wife, Brenda, and Ralph and his wife, Martha, all of Las Cruces; his godchildren, Tommy Diaz, Alma Sisneros, Kristina Ashe and special godchild and granddaughter Kendra Gurule; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Pancho and Carmen Sisneros, of Bernalillo; brothers-in-law Justin Sisneros and his wife, Arlene, Raymond Sisneros and his wife, Sissy, Ronnie Sisneros and his wife, Sylvia; numerous other beloved family members and a host of friends. Zeke will be greatly missed by all.
Visitations will be Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the chapel of Daniel's Family Funeral Services-Alameda Mortuary. A rosary will be recited Monday, Sept. 1, 2008, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Bernalillo. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, at 10 a.m. with Father Bill Sanchez as celebrant and Father John McKenna as co-celebrant.
Interment will follow at Vista Verde Memorial Park in Rio Rancho. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post 69 Honor Guard. Serving as casket bearers will be Ernest Duran, Joe Nieto, Tommy Diaz, Ray Ashe, Esqui Padilla and Raymond Sisneros. Honorary bearers will be Our Lady of Sorrows Spanish Choir, all Zeke's friends at Santa Ana Golf Club and his co-workers at Salls Brothers Construction. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all the caring staff at Presbyterian Hospital and to the New Mexico Cancer Center for the wonderful care given to our beloved Zeke. Funeral services are entrusted to Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary in Albuquerque.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Aug. 3 to Sept. 3, 2008
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