Plaridel C Deza
July 17, 1931 – March 15, 2020
Plaridel C. Deza, 88, of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed into the heavenly realm on Sun-day, March 15, 2020. He was born the youngest of seven children to Honorio and Ur-sula on July 17, 1931 in the province of Iloilo, Philippines. He grew up in Iloilo City. When WWII broke out in 1941, his education was suspended as a result of war-time school system closure. After the war, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of San Agustin. He sought a career in medicine, was admitted to the Univer-sity of Santo Tomas College of Medicine, and earned the Doctor of Medicine degree in 1956. He practiced family medicine for one year while in the Philippines. A desire for greater opportunity led him to the United States in 1957 where he began a medical residency in Connecticut. Subsequent medical career opportunities led him to practice in the states of New Jersey, New York, and Oregon.
He also lived and worked for a brief time in the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Saskatchewan, practicing internal medicine. The better part of his medical career (1962-1994), however, was spent in adult psychiatry. His career matured at Malcom Bliss Mental Health Center , St. Louis, Missouri where he began in 1968 as a staff psychiatrist. He rose to provide leadership as Chief of Staff and Director of Outpatient Services, eventually retiring after 26 years in the profession.
He married his sweetheart, Elizabeth Occena, (b. 1932 d. 2006) from Balasan, Iloilo, Philippines in August 1960 and was happily wed for 46 years. They were blessed with three children, Mary L., Victor J., and Patrick E. Deza who survive him this day. He and his wife raised their family in the St. Louis suburb of Creve Coeur during the years of 1970-1996. In 1974, he and his wife, Elizabeth, became United States citizens.
Seeking a new adventure post-retirement and escape from Midwest winters, he and his wife moved to sunny Las Vegas in Sept 1996. Their new residence in the Silver State allowed them to enjoy the frequent visits of their many nieces and nephews residing in California.
Outside of his professional career, Plaridel was a life-long lover of the written word, particularly poetry. He was a published poet, himself, winnning several poetry contests. He was also an avid movie lover. Other interests included table tennis, ballroom dancing, and cheering on the contestants of “Dancing with the Stars”. He was a devout Catholic and active parishioner of St. Monica Catholic Church, Creve Coeur, Mo and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Las Vegas. Additionally, he served as Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus organization and also led an active social life with the Filipino community of Summerlin, Las Vegas. He is loved and will be dearly missed by his children, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
- Visitation Sunday, March 22, 2020
- Funeral Service Monday, March 23, 2020
- Committal Service Monday, March 23, 2020
Plaridel C Deza
March 23, 2020
To our dear Uncle Plar: You are the last of the siblings of my father, Ernesto, who passed away in 1992. You are most loved by many. I can remember the small camera you sent me on my birthday in the Philippines when I was about 8 years old. It was a treasured gift. We have many photos of you and my parents in different events and places, for you were a Ioving brother to my father, who was an eccentric man. We will miss you and your warm, generous smile. May your reunion with your beloved wife and all your loved ones be a joyous one !
March 17, 2020
Such a lovely person. I loved when we'd meet at your house and your dad would HAVE to take photos of us all dressed up. Just the mention on his name makes me smile. Mary, Patrick, & Victor, you were raised by the best. I pray that you all are at peace.