1119 N SAINT MARYS Street
San Antonio, TX

Our loving father Chief Petty Officer/ E7 Ray Zamora Diaz AKA Chief. Peacefully set sail into the sunrise on September 3, 2021, with his children by his side. Even though we wept, we smile knowing that in God's time we will be joining our dad someday on that voyage.

Born October 12, 1940, the eldest of two sons to Reynaldo Baldarrama Diaz and Clara Zamora in San Antonio, TX. Ray grew up in San Antonio, TX, where he attended Burleson Elementary School and graduated from Edgewood High School in 1958 at the age of 17. Dad was a band member in high school and played the trumpet. At that time dad was a devoted parishioner at St. Augusta Catholic Church now St. Jude where he was an altar boy.

Ray met and married Sylvia Anguiano on June 28, 1964, in St. Jude Catholic Church. From this union came one daughter, Kimberly Annette Diaz, two sons, Eric Ray Diaz and Brian Albert Diaz. They later divorced and dad never remarried.

Ray proudly served the United States Navy for 20 years where he first enlisted in the Navy Reserves 10-28-1957 to 1-12-1976 and went active duty 1-13-1976 to 7-30-1977 where he excelled and received many certificates and awards for his service. Dad retired May 5, 1982, from the USN because of many physical disabilities.

Dad loved being able to travel to see his children and grandchildren. Spending time with family, friends, fishing and his dogs were what dad loved most in life.

Ray leaves behind his daughter, Kimberly (Kim) A. (Richard L. (Rick)) Nelson; son, Eric R. Diaz; son, Brian A. (Lisa Barrus) Diaz; 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; brother, Henry Z. Diaz; one niece, Michele D. Gonzales; one nephew, Henry C. Diaz and their families. Preceded in death by his parents Reynaldo B. and Clara Z. Diaz and grandmother Josepha Hernandez.

Our family would like to thank his brother, Henry Z. Diaz, for many years of being his caretaker and all the residents, physician's and staff at the George E. Whalen Veterans Home in UT for caring for Ray the last two years.


All funeral services will be held in San Antonio, TX.

The Viewing will be on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at The Angelus Funeral Home, 1119 N St. Mary's St, San Antonio, TX.

The Funeral Mass will be offered on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Jude Catholic Church, 130 S. San Augustine, San Antonio, TX.

Interment will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX with military honors.

For those unable to attend services, please sign the online guestbook at www.theangelusfuneralhome.com Arrangements by:

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1119 N SAINT MARYS Street, San Antonio, TX
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St. Jude Catholic Church
130 S San Augustine, San Antonio, TX
the Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX
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After having served eight years of active duty, with my last two years of service in Vietnam, I decided to come home and start a normal life. Not wanting to lose all my service time, I decided to pay a visit to the local Naval Reserve Center.
As I walked in to the Reserve Center, I was approched by Chief Diaz. After introducing himself, he guided me through all the reasons I should join the Naval Reserve to resume my career. Chief Diaz became my mentor and though I was assigned to WestPac 610 unit, he had me detailed part time to recruiting to learn all the aspects of recruiting. When Chief Diaz decided to go on active duty, under a new program that was developed for Reserve members to finish their careers on active duty, he tried to talk me in to going back on active duty. At that time, I was already in my civil service career and their were too many old mental wounds from my time on the patrol boats in Nam. Sorry this is taking so long, but Chief Diaz is the only reason I finished my career in the Navy. I wish to extend my condolences to his immendiate family and also to his many shipmates. My sincerest apologies for not attending. I am a 100% disabled veteran due to Agent Orange and presumptive diseases and have a hard time getting around. God Bless everyone that took the time to read this,
Larry Garcia
September 23, 2021
Our condolences to the family of Ray Diaz and please accept our apologies for not being able to attend the funeral services. The "Chief" has found eternal rest and may our prayers help guide him as he sets sail on a journey to our Creator. May the fond memories of the "Chief" bring comfort to his family during this difficult time. Ray became a friend during the early '60's while we worked at Niesner's at Las Palmas Shopping Center in San Antonio and we continued contact over the years while I served a career in the U. S. Navy. Our chats over the years were mostly reminiscent of Navy subjects but also about our families since we knew each other's family. He will be missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace.

Chief Warrant Officer Paulino "Paul" Soto, USN, Retired
and Spouse, Rosalinda P. Soto
September 22, 2021
Our deepest sympathy for the loss of our shipmate Ray. Thanks to Ray I was given the opportunity to re-enlist and serve Navy recruiting district San Antonio. We became best friends and our friendship continued for a half a century. Rest In Peace Shipmate
Rey & Olivia Fraga
September 21, 2021
In the mid 1970's, as a Petty Officer Second Class, I was assigned to Navy recruiting duty in San Antonio. RMC Diaz was assigned to the downtown office while I served in the nearby city of Uvalde, TX.
I never worked directly under Chief Diaz, but as junior sailors everywhere, we looked for guidance, leadership and mentorship from our chiefs. His devotion to duty and country were exemplary. I remember him fondly and extend my sincere condolences to his family.

May his journey be blessed with fair winds and following seas. Rest in Peace Shipmate.

MCPO Ed Conchas, USN Retired.
Edmundo Conchas
September 19, 2021
my cousin was a great person and always with his family in san antonio rest in peace my cousin one day we will meet again
john hernandez
September 10, 2021
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