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Marcelino Alberto Diaz


1962 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Marcelino Alberto Diaz Obituary
July 4, 1962 - January 21, 2018 Marcelino Alberto "Marc" Diaz was born in Guanabacoa, Cuba, to Francisco Alberto Diaz and Julia Valero. The family immigrated to the United States in 1968, just after Mark's 6th birthday. They settled in the San Fernando Valley, where Mark graduated from Bellermine-Jefferson High School. He graduated from UCLA in 1984, where he majored in biology. While in college, he started working at Spraylat Corporation as a chemist in the R&D of paints and coatings. Though he also earned a law degree from Southwestern University, Mark remained in the paints and coatings business for 36 years, including more than 12 years with Quaker Chemical Corporation and the past four years as Market Development Manager - Americas, with Hexion, Inc. in Stafford, Texas. Mark was gifted in science and math and was awarded patents in his field. Mark had an innate curiosity about everything. He joked that he was full of little known facts little worth knowing. Mark traveled frequently for his work and knew the layout and dining highlights of every major airport in the world. It was through his work and travels that he met his wife, Zandra Villareal of Monterrey, Mexico. Mark and Zandra married in 1997 and settled in Tustin, California, where their three children, Alexander, Isabella and Andrea were born. His children were his great pride and joy. He most especially enjoyed sharing his knowledge of science and math, helping them with homework and school projects even by Skype during his travels, sharing information about the places he went, and enjoying board games and family barbeques together. In 2014, when Mark started at Hexion, the family moved to Katy, Texas, where they enjoyed the love and support of a wonderful circle of friends and neighbors. Mark passed away after a surprising and brief battle with cancer, with his family at his side. He is survived by his wife of nearly 21 years, Zandra, his children, Alex, Bella and Andy, his mother, Julia, sister Maria (Brian) Hoye, niece and nephew, Pilar and Matthew Hoye, and a large extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Mark's family would like to thank their extended family, friends and neighbors, and Mark's colleagues, for their help and support during his illness. A rosary and funeral mass were held in Texas on January 24.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 6, 2018
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