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Alex Diaz Obituary

Alex  Diaz
Alex Diaz

May 30, 1935 - April 25, 2019
Born in Orange County, California
Resided in Salinas, California
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Alex Diaz. 83 years old. Salinas, CA. Born on May 30, 1935 in Placentia, CA to the late Alejo & Balbina Diaz. Left to be with our Father, in Salinas, CA on April 25, 2019.
Alex was the 11th child in his family. Raised to be hard-working and loving, he was guided by numerous helping hands. His close-knit family was led north in 1939 by their desire to pursue the American dream of growth and prosperity. Over the years, they found themselves in Fresno, Tulare, and Castroville, ultimately settling in the Salinas, CA in 1942. His siblings worked in the canning industry at the famous Cannery Row of Monterey, fulfilling their family’s dream.
Alex grew into a young man surrounded by wonderful friends in the Alisal areas of Salinas. He fostered relationships with some of the most recognizable folk, such as Everett Alvarez, Joe Kapp, Jim Gattis, and Ronald Tate. These men each impacted Alex in the best of ways, emphasizing to him the values of kindness, honesty, and loyalty to one’s friends.
As an adult, Alex worked for the Cahoon family of Cahoon Moving & Storage. He became one of their most respected employees throughout over a decade of service. It was at this point that he would be able to come to start his own family. Each of his children were the unconditional light of his life. His sons Victor (Debbie) Diaz, Vincent (Vincy) Diaz, Dennis Diaz, & Darcel Diaz, as well as his daughter Lisa Diaz were all of the utmost importance to him.
Following in the footsteps of his parents, determined to provide a better future for himself and his family, Alex started his own business: Clean Rite Janitorial Service. He built a name for himself in the community as a respectable and incredibly hard-working man, ultimately coming to form countless professional relationships over the next 30 years.
Alex was also a man who took pleasure in culture and the arts. Most notably, he was an avid collector of classic films and Native American art. His film collection was his pride and joy. He could name each actor in any of the films, as well as when it was released, who produced it, and—most of all—why it was important to him. He had a gorgeous collection of one-of-a-kind Native paintings. Each of these pieces was sourced straight from local Native American reservations, which he was incredibly proud of.
Alex is survived by the love of his life, Celia (Sally) Diaz. Over the last 27 years, they enjoyed spending time with their family and friends, cooking authentic Mexican cuisine, and watching all of their favorite movies. What they both grew to value most was spending their time together. They were known by all for being absolutely inseparable.
Alex is also survived by numerous dear friends, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
His surviving siblings are Charlie (Louise) Diaz of Carpinteria, CA, Teresa Hernandez of San Diego, CA, and Tony (Mary B) Diaz of Salinas, CA. He cherished his relationships with his siblings most of all.
He is preceded in death by his loving parents Alejo and Balbina Diaz, and his dearest son Vincent (Vincy) Diaz.
Alex’s smile and loving nature will be deeply missed by all of those whose lives he touched. His family cannot describe how incredible he was. Son, Brother, Uncle, Husband, Father, and Grandfather in our hearts forever more.
Rest in paradise.
Visitation will be held 3:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. at Struve & Laporte Funeral Chapel 41 W. San Luis St. Salinas Ca. on Thursday May 2, 2019 rosary to follow after.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Christo Rey Church 240 Calle Cebu St. Salinas Ca. on Friday May 3, 2019 10:00am.
Burial will follow at the Garden Of Memories Memorial Park 850 Abbot St. Salinas, Ca. 93901.
Funeral Arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home.
Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com




Struve and Laporte Chapel
41 W. San Luis Street
Salinas, California 93901
Thursday, May 2, 2019
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Struve and Laporte Chapel
41 W. San Luis Street
Salinas, California 93901
Thursday, May 2, 2019
7:00 PM
Christ the King Church
240 Calle Cebu
Salinas, CA US 93901
Friday, May 3, 2019
10:00 AM
Garden of Memories Cemetery
850 Abbott ST
Salinas, CA US 93901
Friday, May 3, 2019