David R. Diaz
July 4, 1940 – October 12, 2017
David Rojelio Diaz died peacefully at home on October 12, 2017 surrounded by his wife and children. David Diaz was born on our nation’s 164th birthday, July 4, 1940 to Romula Canales Diaz and Rosalio Diaz. As a lifelong resident of Agua Dulce, Texas, David was born at home in a bygone era when doctors still made house calls. His birth rounded out the family of four including his older brother of 11 years, Donaciano “Chano” Diaz, Sr. The brothers were extremely close throughout their lives.
David spent many days of his childhood at his aunt's and uncle's farm outside of Alice, Texas in Springfield. It was there that he began his lifelong love of horses and the ranching lifestyle.
After attending Agua Dulce High School, David began dating a former classmate, Louisa Yruegaz. She became the love of his life and they were married at St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Agua Dulce in 1962. In 55 years of marriage, they had five children, eight grandchildren and many beautiful memories together. Their children are Graciela “Gracie” Diaz of Pflugerville, Texas; Lisa Diaz Black and Kelly Black of Edna, Texas, their children, Austin and Derek; Christine Diaz-Anderson and Gordon Anderson of Houston, Texas and their children, Imani, Ishmael “Ishie” and Idris; Austin residents, Irene Rivers and Eric Rivers and their son, Kade; Marivel Sandoval Diaz and David Rosalio Diaz and their children, Alicia and David Rojelio Diaz II of Pflugerville.
While their children were growing up, David and Louisa supported all their activities including basketball, volleyball, football, track, band, and school plays. In their later years, they especially enjoyed watching their grandchildren participate in sports, Boy Scout activities, dance and music recitals.
David was blessed to find his calling in life at an early age. Recently married and at the age of 22, David started working at Spradley Construction. Shortly thereafter, he became a lineman and stayed in that career for 50 years, retiring at the age of 72.
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David thoroughly enjoyed his work. His meticulous attention to detail served him well in the highly dangerous occupation of an electrical lineman. During his career, he worked for IEC of Texas, in Freer, and Sendero Power Line Construction of Victoria, Texas. David loved the camaraderie of his fellow coworkers and enjoyed sharing jokes and stories with them. In his many years as a lineman, he worked recovery efforts after Hurricane Allen in Brownsville and Hurricane Ike in the Houston and Southeast Texas area. His uncanny memory for directions came in handy in the rural areas he worked including the famous King Ranch. His work took him throughout the state of Texas and by his own account he worked from El Paso down to Brownsville and as far east as Texarkana.
When not at work, David enjoyed fishing especially along the Brazos River with his brother-in-law and compadre, Mauro Lazo. In South Texas, he and his son and nephews, Donaciano “Don” Diaz, Joe Diaz and Rene Diaz, frequently fished along the Nueces River and Lake Corpus Christi State Park. His nieces, Dora Diaz Falcon and Hilda Diaz, also held a special place in his heart. David lovingly leaves behind many relatives, including brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and their families, the families of his nieces and nephews, friends, and coworkers. He was also especially proud of his family members Sylvia G. Lopez, Francisco Garcia, Jr., Nidia Garcia, Belinda Whitaker, James “Jimmy” Willingham, Jr., and his goddaughter, Tamara Williams.
David appreciated the simple pleasures of life. He loved to play horseshoes at family gatherings and dominos. He enjoyed listening to classic country music by his favorite singers, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash.
As a lifelong member of St. Frances of Rome, David was very proud to serve as an officer of the Knights of Columbus Council 13683.
We would especially like to thank the staff of Del Cielo Home Care Services for the wonderful care and support they provided to our Dad and family. In addition, thank you to all our family and friends who offered prayers and comforting words during this difficult time. And a special acknowledgment to Belinda Chapa for her guidance and assistance in our time of need.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 15, 2017 with Holy Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. at Holmgreen Mortuary Chapel in Alice.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 16, 2017 at St. Frances Catholic Church in Agua Dulce, Texas. Interment will follow at New Collins Cemetery in Alice, Texas.