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Diego Roberto Battles Moreno

1977 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Diego Roberto Battles Moreno Obituary
DIEGO ROBERTO BATTLES MORENO Diego Moreno, 38, a life-long California resident, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2016, at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA, where he was undergoing treatment for recently-diagnosed cancer. Diego is survived by his mother and stepfather, Helen Battles Smith and Eddy Smith, Shreveport, LA; stepsister, Amanda Smith, Dallas, TX, and her fianc‚, Franco Zaragoza, Berkeley, CA; and his father, Robert Moreno, Greenfield, CA. Diego will be missed by his maternal aunt, Barbara Mansfield, and cousins, James Mansfield (Shawna,) Bakersfield, CA; Mary Mansfield (Pablo Cortes,) Katy, TX; and Justin Mansfield, Killeen, TX. Diego also leaves behind nephews, nieces, friends, and many "Joebots" scattered throughout the region. Diego Roberto Battles Moreno was born in Monterey, California, in 1977 and was most recently a resident of Chico, CA, where he worked as a Mate (Manager) at Trader Joe's. Teaching children to swim was one of his most rewarding work experiences. Diego began swimming as a toddler and never strayed too far from the water. He graduated from Fresno High School, Fresno, CA, where he swam and played water polo. He received an A.A. from Cuesta College and a B.A. from UC Santa Cruz. He pursued studies in Special Education at Cal State, Monterey Bay. Throughout his life, Diego was known for his friendliness, good humor, spirituality, intelligence, and love of the outdoors. He enjoyed music, reading, art and photography, raising succulents, and was an avid surfer. A memorial service celebrating the life of Diego will be held on Sunday, January 17, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Estero Bay United Methodist Church, 3000 Hemlock Drive, Morro Bay, CA, 93442. Attendees are encouraged to bring a small photo or item that represents and reminds them of Diego, to be included in a scrapbook. There will be a Paddle-Out Ceremony at Coleman Park following the service. Flowers are welcomed, as well as memorial donations to a charity of the giver's choice.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Jan. 16, 2016
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