Daniel Diaz

daniel diaz

August 27, 1939 ~ July 1, 2021

Born in: Chicago, IL
Resided in: Westcliffe, CO

Daniel Diaz, 81. Sunrise, August 27, 1939, Sunset, July 1, 2021. Dan was born in Chicago, Ill. and moved to Westcliffe, Colo. where he was raised by his foster parents, Jim Harris and Susie Loafman. He graduated from Custer County Highschool then joined the U.S. Navy where he served four years active duty. He moved to Houston, Texas where he retired after 30 years from the City of Houston. After retirement, he moved back to Westcliffe, Colo.
Dan enjoyed hunting, taking trips in his RV to the lake, singing Karaoke and listening to music. George Strait was his favorite. He was an active member of the Elks #611 in Florence.
Dan is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Elvira “Vera” G. Diaz; children, Debbie, Donna, Daniel, Kelli, Brenda, Jacque, Deana and Michael; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Marti Flower, Johnnie (Lawrence) Grisham, Eva (Jan) Bolden, Angie (David) Ortega, Sara Garcia and Connie (Lou) Sanchez; brother, Ernie (Olga) Diaz; longtime friends, D.D., Henry Wessel and Janet Myers; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Aurelia Diaz. Dan’s wishes are to be cremated. Celebration of life, 2 to 4 p.m. April 2, 2022, at Elks Lodge 611, 131 E. Front St., Florence, Colo.  Memorial service with Navy Honors, 2:30 p.m. July 22, 2022, at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr., Houston, Texas.  Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com




Life Celebration: April 2, 2022 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Florence Elks Lodge 611
131 E. Front Street
Florence, CO 81226

(719) 784-3892

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Memories Timeline


  1. Happy birthday I wish I could text you send you a card and a gift but this year will be different I miss you and love you always.

  2. My darling husband. I look for you to come home. I know your in a much better place than here on earth as I know your no longer in pain . Rest my darling and I know one day we will be together again. I love you and miss you.

    • I love you momma. I miss dad so much. He was the light of our life. Now he’s our Angel in Heaven 🙏

  3. Uncle Danny , I’ll always remember your laughter & your sense of humor . Thank you for all the memories. Rest in heavenly peace . Love you always.

  4. We’ll miss you uncle Danny!!! You’ll forever be in our hearts. I’ll always remember you singing & your sense of humor. Thank you for the beautiful family memories.

  5. Thank you for the wonderful memories we made over the years. There will always be a special place in our hearts for you.

  6. Uncle Danny I will miss you love you have memories when we used to go to your house at a party you would pass out and walk back in and tell everybody to get out but then you would start dancing and partying with us those are the memories that I have love you when it’s time for me to go I’ll see you on the other side love you Liz

  7. ”FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS SHIPMATE”, we didn’t serve together, but, you are still my shipmate.

  8. I love you Dad, I just wish we had more time together. You will live forever in my heart ❤️. I love you so much.

  9. Uncle you was always here for me when I was little, till now a grown woman! You never judged my mistakes and you always ended your advice with a smile and sometimes a cold one! I will miss the RV and the trips, fishing, dancing, and especially singing with you! All 4 of my children have the best childhood memories of you and Aunty and their Westclilffe trips in the summer!You was a Uncle that can never be replaced. Watch over all of us and especially your love Aunty Vera! I love you so much! Your lil Hita

  10. You always had a smile that lit up the room. The personality that kept everyone laughing. You were like a 2nd dad to me and I thank you for your love & support. Go Rest In Peace and sleep with the angels. You will forever be loved and missed.

  11. To a Great Brother In-law and a Great Family man.
    It was always about Family and he set that example for others.

  12. Grandpa we made so many memories during your time here on earth. Thank you for everything that you taught me even when you thought I wasn’t listening I was. Thank you for loving me unconditionally and being not only the best grandfather but an even better great grandfather. I’ll miss your hugs and the way your face lights up when you see me and the girls. You will always be loved and missed here on earth until we meet again.

  13. Dad thank you for all the life lessons, the good times, the laughs and the many examples of love. I love and miss you and you will always be with me.

  14. I love you Dad and I’ll miss your beautiful smile and wonderful hugs. You took your last breath on earth and your first breath in Heaven. Your love and memories will live with us forever and ever and I’ll always have you in my heart. You’re my Angel.

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