Dana Laverne Diaz

March 20, 1944April 19, 2012

Dana Diaz, 68, passed away April 19 peacefully at home in Mesquite, NV. She was born March 20, 1944 in Ft. Meyers, FL to Vernon and Kathleen (Wisenbaker) Maynard. She married her sweetheart, John, after a whirlwind courtship and traveled throughout the country for 23 years while her husband served in the U. S. Marine Corps. They would celebrate their 47th Anniversary on June 10th. Dana tended to her 5 children’s cries as babies, made their clothing as tots and youngsters, held on to them when they cried from heartbreaking experiences and taught each one what true independence is and the importance of survival with dignity. As a teenager in Hawaii she tended her mother, Kathleen, bringing her back to health after battling severe despair. She was the eldest of 5 sisters and they all looked up to her as their Mother.

Dana was loved and adored by her children and husband John. Traveling every 3-4 years as a Marine Wife was an adventure for Dana and she looked forward to each move. She enjoyed the structured profession of accounting, working for the founders of El Torito Restaurants, and Toshiba Corporation. She loved to visit her 4 sisters spread throughout the country in AK, HI, OH, AL and TN. She loved the desert and its serenity, having lived in Barstow and Twentynine Palms, CA and at her final resting place in Sun City Mesquite, NV. In FL, she loved the roar and thunder of the Space Shuttle, Titan, Atlas, and Delta rockets. And she gave visiting family the treat of their lives with a close-up front-row seat to government, NASA and commercial launches.

She loved cross stitching and quilting and the joy it brought her in making special gifts for her loved ones. She loved her cats, Peaches, Lucky and Phenix. She loved riding her bicycle on the Rails to Trails routes throughout the U. S. She loved to travel with her sisters to such places as: Hawaii, New York City, Niagara Falls, Washington D.C., Amsterdam, Belgium, Paris, Alaska, Hilton Head, S.C., Cayman Islands, Disney World, St. Augustine, FL, and Williamsburg, VA. One of her favorite travels with her husband was a cruise, paid for by her 5 children, sailing out of New York to Boston and Nova Scotia to celebrate their 40th Anniversary. Her husband loved taking her to China, and Europe where they celebrated 45 years of marriage. Dana trained very hard for the 2006 Disney Marathon and finished in time to earn the prestigious Mickey Mouse Gold Medal. Dana loved everyone she came in contact with and everyone loved her as well. Dana was preceded in death by her father, Vernon Maynard and step-father, Andy Anderson. She is survived by her husband, John Diaz of Sun City Mesquite, NV; her mother, Kathleen Anderson of TN; Children – Charles and Nancy Diaz of NV; Laura Moore of MA; Michael and Kris Diaz of CA; Alejandro and Annie Diaz of CA, and Adelina and Andreas Dudda of CA, 9 grandchildren, four sisters – Lindsey Johnson of TN; Marilyn Markel of OH; Kathy Claiborne of AK; and Patricia Sax of HI, and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins who enjoyed spending time with her. Gifs in lieu of flowers may be sent to: The Foundation of Dixie Regional Medical Center, RIVER ROAD CAMPUS, 1380 East Medical Center Drive, St. George, UT 84790. Mountain View Mortuary and Cemetery of San Bernardino, CA will coordinate Funeral services and burial at the Riverside National Cemetery. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Memorial Guest Book" at


  • Visitation Sunday, April 29, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 30, 2012

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John Diaz

October 2, 2012

My darling wife, Thank you for the ride of my life and taking such good care of me, all 47 years of our courtship. You were always there by my side regarless of any minor spat or disagreement we may have had. I miss you, always will and will grieve for you the remainder of my life. You are where you always knew you would go when the time came and I am still reading your books about the afterlife to better understand some of your extensive knowledge of the spirit world and our souls within it. I am grateful we spent our adult lives together and got to see all our grand children together. I am grateful for our travels abroad and the wonderful sites we saw together. I am grateful for your precious way of raising our beautiful children. And I am grateful for your goodness and having me as your soulmate.

Laura Moore

September 24, 2012

Hi Mom......I miss you. Wish we had more of an opportunity to get to know each other. I feel like we both missed out on a lot. Thank you for making me who I am and for all you did to raise all of us to be good and decent people. Thank you for being so good to Dad. It was always so obvious that the two of you were soul mates. Love you Mom......Laura

Nancy Diaz

May 23, 2012

Nancy Diaz

May 23, 2012

Nancy Diaz

May 16, 2012

I will always remember you! I will think of you every time I play canasta because you taught me how to play and I was the last person you ever played canasta with. So for me, from the beginning to the end canasta was our game. We had LOTS of wonderful times together. You were my mama and my very best friend! Someone even said once, we acted like sisters. I love you very very much! I will see you again one day in heaven. Love you!

Charles Diaz

May 16, 2012

I miss you so much Mom. It has taken me a while to come here to post because it hurts so bad. I dream about you most every night, then wake to the pain of knowing you are gone for now. Please continue to visit my dreams. Please don't stop. I love you always.
Your boy,

Patricia Sax

May 4, 2012

A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life. You were more than my older sister, you were a mom to me. You will live forever in my heart. Aloha O'e, beautiful Dana, until the day that we can be together once again.

Marjorie Barragan

May 1, 2012

A beautiful person..she touched my life, and I thank God for letting me share a small part of of hers...Semper Fi!

Fernie Hernandez

April 30, 2012

It has been a very long time since we have been in contact. I heard from a mutual friend of your wife's passing. It appears from all the comments that she was a very special person. My wife, Maria, and I send you our condolences. God Bless

Michael & Desiree Diaz

April 29, 2012

It is difficult to comprehend God's Involvement in our lives, I suppose. Our journey is some times interrupted and we question, why? Our Father would never negatively influance our journey because it is not his, but he does observe and assist when we need it. In times like this when we question, why, he may whisper go ahead and cry but let them be tears of joy for there is more to our journey. Perhaps then we may someday comprehend God's involvement in our life.