OBITUARY

Antonio Diaz Jr.

March 14, 1945November 23, 2011

Obituary Antonio (Tony) Avalos Diaz Jr. Antonio Diaz “Tony” Jr. was born on March 14, 1945 in Mexicali, Mexico to Antonio and Gabriela Diaz. Tony was born with Downs Syndrome and attended the Life Skills Work Shop in Visalia, California. His father passed away in 1968 and mother in 1982. Tony was cared for by his oldest sister Mary Diaz Garcia until she passed away in 2009. Tony was 66 years old and lived with his brother Ralph, sister in-law Mirtha and nephew Andrew Diaz in Visalia, California. Tony passed away at home surrounded by his family on November 23, 2011. Tony was raised in Woodlake, California where everyone knew Tony, the friendly little gentleman who made friends with everyone he met. Life to Tony was enjoying all the family gatherings, dancing with all the girls and of course hugging all of the women. Our little brother loved attending his work shop and fraternizing with all his friends. He was our little angel who loved cops and would tell us that he was going to be a police and a Marine when he grew up. Tony called himself “Superman Boy”. Tony couldn’t wait for the next Special Olympics in Tulare because he was always the winner and proudly displayed all the medals and trophies he collected over the years. The family wants to extend our heartfelt appreciation to all the staff at the Visalia Life Skills Work Shop Center who taught and guided Tony until he could no longer attend due to his illness. Tony is survived by Brothers Lupe Diaz (Katherine) Woodlake, Manuel Diaz (Veronica) Bakersfield, Arthur Diaz (Mary) Galt, Simon Diaz (Elith) Mexico City, Ralph Diaz (Mirtha) Visalia and Sister Frances Diaz Ivanhoe. He is also survived by at least 75 nephews and nieces. Tony was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Mary Garcia, Carmen Alva, Mary Helen Florez, Connie Diaz and brother Joe Diaz. Funeral arrangements are by Miller Memorial Chapel. Viewing will take place on Tuesday November 29, 2011 from 3-6 PM followed by the Rosary at Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Woodlake at 6 PM. Mass will be on Wednesday 9 AM followed by his burial at the Woodlake Public Cemetery. Condolences may be offered at www.millerchapel.com

Services

  • Rosary Service Tuesday, November 29, 2011
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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Fran Lopez

December 1, 2011

Tony, A bright BRIGHT new light is shining in the heavens with your presence. God bless you and keep you safe forever. Thank you for inspiring us all. Friends, the David Lopez Family

ramona mesa...and the rest of the tino mesa family....

December 1, 2011

wow...tony was so loved by everyone...me included....fm running around in redbanks and seeing him in his cowboy hat ready to ride a horse....and dancing with him at parties when i got the chance....i seemed to have to wait in line.....he was funny and smart....and always wanting to do everything....and how excited he was to go to school....ill miss him and his smile....love u tony

Jamey Erwin

December 1, 2011

While working at the Life Skills Learning Center, I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Tony Diaz. Tony was always so joyful and full of life. He could always make you laugh when you were down. He would tell us about how much he loved his family and all "the places they were going" I will always remember his nicknames for everyone..I can still hear him calling me a "cowpie" :) You will be in our hearts forever Tony.

Gretchen Field

November 30, 2011

I first met Tony in June of 1998 at the Adult School life skills class. The principle had brought me there to take a teacher's aide job when someone had retired. The principal introduced Tony to me as the "Mayor". I worked with Tony and the other students for almost five years. Tony could brighten your day no matter what the weather. Evan when he had a bad day he would still find a reason to laugh at something. My husband met him once and we both remember one of his best lines "Tacos.tacos,tacos" me eat!
And he would rub his tummy. Thanks for your smile, Tony.
Condolences to your family and friends.

Marcy DiGregorio

November 30, 2011

To Ernie and family. Sorry for your loss. Tony seemed full of spunk and love. I'm sure he'll be missed. Xo Marcy

November 30, 2011

To my Tio Tony. I will never forget the long afternoons of running through Mama Lela's backyard with you and all my cousins. You always made me laugh, and often gave me permission not to talk by simply saying, "no talk". We love you and will miss you always.
Love,
Monica Diaz, Logan, and Aaron
Bakersfield, California

Soledad Guzmán

November 30, 2011

My deepest condolences to the Diaz Family.
I first met Tony when he would go the doctor with Augie and Mary. He was always quick to say that he didn't want a shot and to give it to Augie instead. He was such a joyful person and would hug everyone that he saw. I remember him and Mary sharing the pictures of his trip to Disneyland.
He truly was and is a very lucky man.
God Bless You Tony. Fly with the angels. I will always have the fondest memories of you.

Maria Garza

November 30, 2011

To the Diaz Family our deepest condolences for the loss of Tony. He had the best sense of humor and was a joy to be around. The Garza Family (Torrance, CA)

November 29, 2011

To the entire Diaz Family we wish to extend our deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved "Tony". What fun and laughter during the Redbanks days of Tony running around with us. Tony has left good momories for all who met him. God Bless.

Joe Mesa & Family
Visalia

Teresa McDaniels

November 29, 2011

To the ENTIRE Diaz family, Thank you so much for sharing Tony with us at Life Skills Learning Center. I began working with Tony 10 years ago and from the first day I fell in love with his sense of humor. I will miss the way Tony filled my day with telling me all the places he was "going." His favorite destinations were to his niece Debbie and his brother Simon's house and to McDonalds for a fish sandwhich and coke. And of course Hawaii to see the girls in thier Bikinis. I know Tony was loved by many people. When ever I took him out for our community trips he ALWAYS saw someone he knew. And if you knew Tony you could not but love him. To Tony I was sometimes a 'turkey, cod fish or monkey," just to name a few. I will always hold his nick names dear to my heart.