Miguel (Mike) Diaz, Jr.
Coulee City, WA - Miguel (Mike) Diaz, Jr. died peacefully at home in Coulee City, WA May 22, 2021. Born October 9, 1938, at home 5 miles outside of Las Animas, CO. to Christine (Mendoza Grageda) and Miguel Diaz, the fifth child of eight siblings, Margaret, Dolores, Tomas, Susan, Nellie, Lucy, David, and Grace.
Mike served his country in both the National Guard (1955) and US Army (1958~63) receiving an Honorable Discharge speaking often of serving in Korea and Germany, telling of the bitter cold, the frost bite and damage many had to their fingers and toes. He was most proud of his military service to his country. Mike married Ida J. Montoya and they had four children, Anthony, Teresa, Gloria (Natalie), and Alfred.
August 16, 1974 Mike married Linda Lee (Lindblom Ottmar) and they spent over 47 years together. Her children, ShirleyRae and Dan, became his children as he said, "there are no steps in our family". They lived in Las Animas, CO and Mike worked at Ft Lyon Veteran's Administration up until his retirement as a Warehouse Supervisor. The couple moved to Coulee City in 1999 to be closer to family and Mike quickly became active in the community. He volunteered for the Coulee City Chamber of Commerce, was Vice President at the Coulee City Senior Center and was honored as Senior Citizen of the Year 2001 for his dedication to the group.
Mike dedicated life to the Lord and was baptized at the Assembly of God Church in Coulee City. He was devoted to attending church and church was one of last places he was able to drive to. Giving up the ability to drive was hard on him but he handled it like the gentleman he was. He enjoyed listening to music and was known to stay up into the wee hours with his wife just enjoying old songs and dancing. Mike had a love of sweets, especially strawberry ice cream, cake, and was known to share his treats with his grandchildren and great grandchildren – sometimes sneaking them so his wife or their mothers wouldn't know. Mike loved watching sports, was a fan and follower of his grandchildren and great grandchildren's teams, the ACH Warriors and Lake Roosevelt Raiders. Always a gentleman he opened doors and spoiled his wife, Linda.
As his memory and body failed, he never stopped remembering those closest to him, friends and family. He spoke often of time spent with his siblings; going to school at the colony at Cornelia; remembering he could not speak English and when tagging along to school with his older siblings a very nice teacher gave him an almost empty bottle of vanilla which he treasured for the smell and the kindness held behind the gift. He had a special bond with his daughter, ShirleyRae, which grew even stronger as she took on the job of caregiver.
Mike was a member of Disabled American Veterans & Auxilary ~ George Hanis Chapter #6; the American Legion, VFW Post 2411; and the Coulee City Senior Center.
Mike is survived by the love of his life, his wife Linda, at home in Coulee City; his siblings and their spouses Margaret (Allen) Bradbury, Tomas (Hilda) Diaz, Susan (Tony) Sena, Nellie (John) Mondragon, Lucy (Ed) Szpunar, David (Irma) Diaz and Grace (Orville) Powders; his six children Anthony (Debbie Allen), Teresa (Gordon Miller), ShirleyRae (Richard Maes), Dan Ottmar (Patti Subisarreta), Natalie (Bill Perez), and Al (Celsa Rubio); 15 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren, along with much more family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Miguel Diaz 1987 and Christine Diaz 2006 along with a sister Dee in 2020.
Donations may be made in Mike's name to the Town of Coulee City Veteran's Memorial, PO Box 398, Coulee City, WA 99115. Per his request there will be no services.
"Dad is no longer in pain and his mind is completely clear. He had one wish and that was to stay home with his wife until he passed. He got that wish. I will miss your face lighting up each day as I said, 'Good morning dad' but I know your spirit lives on," said his daughter and caregiver, ShirleyRae.
Published on June 14, 2021