Joe Diaz |

Joe Diaz

Joe Diaz

Joe Diaz, 93, passed away at his home in Silt on Feb. 4, 2013.

Joe was born Nov. 26, 1919, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Dionisio and Petra (Tovar) Diaz. The family moved to the States when Joe was 6 months old. After serving his country in the Army during WWII, he returned home where he met and married Margaret M. Fernandez. He worked as a mechanic for Union Carbide until his retirement. He was a member of the Silt Fire Department, and VFW Post #9304.

Joe was an avid outdoorsman, fisherman, hunter and amateur photographer. He loved his garden and grew the hottest peppers around. His neighbors loved harvest time, as Joe would share the bounty with everyone. Joe was the consummate family man and doted on his beloved grandchildren.

Joe was preceded in death by his sons Joseph and J.D.; brothers Steve, Frank, Harry, and Charlie; sisters Jovita, Molly, Christine and Tonia; great-grandson Miles; and his beloved pet Mutley.

He leaves behind the love of his life and wife of 67 years, Margaret; sons Anthony and Robert; brothers Ted and Eugene (Eva) Diaz; sister Betty Fulton; grandchildren Brian (Kelly) Diaz, Corrie Rippy and Michael Arnold; ten great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Cremation has taken place and services are planned for Friday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rifle. Interment will follow immediately at Skyline Cemetery in Silt.

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