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Johnson's Funeral Home

435 West Beauregard, San Angelo, TX

OBITUARY

Francisco "Paco" V Diaz

October 4, 1929November 6, 2019

Our precious dad, Francisco V. Diaz of San Angelo, Texas passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. He was born in San Francisco Del Rincon, Guanajuato Mexico on October 4, 1929. Francisco Diaz completed sixth grade in Mexico. He married Juanita Martinez on December 5, 1960. Our dad has always been the hardest working man we knew. Starting as a young migrant worker in fields all over the United States. Picking everything from strawberries to cotton. He found work in Omaha, Nebraska as a meat worker at Armour and Company Meatpacking where he worked for approximately 20 years. During that time Armour and Company closed their plant in Omaha. Our dad was offered a transfer to many other plants in the U.S. He chose to come to San Angelo, where he worked until the plant closed. While working at the plant in San Angelo he and mom were developing their skills for a future endeavor by making and selling burritos to the plant workers which always sold out within minutes. When the news came that the plant was closing, and the family wishing to remain in San Angelo, dad and mom stepped out in faith and opened Paco's Place restaurant in November 1978 where it became an iconic east side institution for the next 36 years. Where the whole family learned to serve the community in more ways than one. Our dad was a member of the Cathedral Church of the Sacred Heart for 50 years. He was an usher, lector, and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Council. Our dad and mom shared their passion for the Lord by sharing their gifts of ministry, including evangelization through small faith communities, branching out from their local parish and in their hometown back in Mexico. He was a member of the Guadalupanos Society for more than 40 years because of his great devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Our dad was known for his Grito of Viva, La Virgin de Guadalupe! And Viva, Cristo Rey! At the end of mass. Our dad is survived by his wife of 59 years Juanita Diaz. Two daughters, Maria Guadalupe Blackwood and Juanita Brown (Edward), two sons, Francisco Jose (Irma), and Ricardo Antonio, 14 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Vigil service will be held Sunday, November 10 at 6 pm at Johnson's Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, November 11 at 10 am at the Cathedral Church of the Sacred Heart.

  • FAMILY

  • Juanita Diaz, Wife
  • Maria Guadalupe Blackwood, Daughter
  • Juanita (Edward) Brown, Daughter
  • Francisco Jose (Irma) Diaz, Son
  • Ricardo Antonio Diaz, Son
  • Mr. Diaz also leaves behind 14 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren to cherish his memory.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Anthony Diaz, Pallbearer
  • Vince Blackwood, Pallbearer
  • Tom Blackwood, Pallbearer
  • John Blackwood, Pallbearer
  • Frank A. Diaz, Pallbearer
  • Nicolas Diaz, Pallbearer
  • Ben Brown, Pallbearer
  • Derek Nix, Pallbearer
  • Daniel Madrid, Pallbearer
  • Dominic Blevins, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Derrick Blevins, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Rosary Sunday, November 10, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, November 11, 2019

Memories

Francisco "Paco" V Diaz

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Leny Davis

November 10, 2019

Your Dad left behind an amazing Legacy that lives on through his beautiful family. May He Rest in God's eternal peace.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Leny & Gary

Socorro Ramirez

November 9, 2019

I will always remember him as a man filled with joy...the joy of living, of singing, of sharing..and the Joy of the love of the Lord. God bless his family and God rest his beautiful soul...que los angeles del cielo te encuentren y te lleven al paraíso del Señor.

Cheryl and Larry Ricci

November 9, 2019

Going to Paco's Place was always the highlight of my week. When out of town visitors came I always took them to Paco's. Then at Christmas we would get a BONUS, beautiful voices singing carols. Fabulous memories of lovely people. Thank you.

Joe and Linda Warren

November 9, 2019

Loved singing along with Mr Diaz at Paco's Place. A smile always on his face, going to each table and visiting a minute.
Heaven truly gained an angel.

Chuck and Diana Kirking

November 8, 2019

We can see him singing at Paco’s Place at Christmas time. Our family loved going there as part of our Christmas tradition to enjoy the food, fellowship and wonderful singing by the Diaz family. We send our condolences to all of you. So sorry for your loss.

Cindy Lewis

November 8, 2019

What I most admired about Mr Diaz was the deep love he had for his family. May he Rest In Peace.

Thomas Malloy

November 8, 2019

Mr. Diaz was one of the nicest men I’ve ever met in my life. I am extremely thankful I was able meet and talk with him on many occasions. He leaves behind an amazing family that I am so thankful to know and love. My thoughts in prayers are with all of you through this tough time.

Virginia Esquivel

November 8, 2019

It was an honor and privilege to have known Mr. Diaz. A sweet and gentle soul, that will be greatly missed. Condolences to the family.

Jim Cline

November 7, 2019

Paco Diaz was the most gracious person I have known. It was an honor to know him. It was a joy to go to the restaurant specially during the Christmas season to hear he and Josh sing carols for the customers to enjoy. My the Lord bless Frank and Richard during this time and all of the family

La Donna Wanoreck

November 7, 2019

Mr. Diaz always brought a smile to my face. He was a joyful, loving soul. Heaven is celebrating his arrival. He will be missed by so many. Love and prayers to the entire Diaz family

FROM THE FAMILY