Alex Diaz, 81

Alex Diaz, 81, of Blackfoot passed away Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Bingham
Memorial Hospital.
He was born Oct. 14, 1930, to Manuel and Magdalena Vargas Diaz, the fifth child of seven.
He attended Tyhee School until the eighth grade.  At the young age of 15, he enlisted into the United States Marine Corps.  When he was 18, he was deployed to Korea, which after only two months he was wounded.  For this he was awarded a Purple Heart.  During his stay in the hospital recuperating from his wound, he met Barbara Ann Rodarme in 1951. 
On April 5, 1952, Alex and Barbara were married in Las Vegas, Nev.  On July 8, 1954 they were married in the Holy Family Parish Catholic Church in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Alex served 25 years in the Marine Corps., retiring in 1969 as a master sergeant.  During his 25 years with the Marines, he spent time in the Philippines, Okinawa, Japan, Guam and Hong Kong, as well as Korea and China and he did two tours of duty as a gunnery and then master sergeant in Vietnam.  After completing his second tour in Vietnam, he was assigned to the Kansas University at Lawrence as an NROTC instructor until his retirement in 1969.  During his 25 years of service he was awarded numerous metals and awards, including the Navy Commendations with a “V” and two stars.  He also completed Marine Recon Training in 1949.
After retiring from the Marine Corps he moved his family back to Idaho, settling in Blackfoot.
He began work at Bingham Memorial Hospital in 1971 and retired from there after 24 years as the purchasing materials manager.
He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge.  He loved raising his herd of cattle and raising alfalfa.  He volunteered at the hospital and Elks Lodge.
Alex is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara of Blackfoot; children, Joseph Michael (Valentina) Diaz of Tacoma, Wash.; David Allen (Debbie) Diaz of Blackfoot, Teresa Marie (Rocky) Cronquist of Blackfoot; brothers, John Diaz of Whittier, Calif.; Joe Diaz of Fort Hall; sister, Flora;14 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Magdalena, brother, Jess and sister, Dolores and a younger sister, Emily who died as an infant.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot.
A rosary service will be at 6 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2012, at the Hawker Funeral Home and then a visitation to follow until 8 p.m.
Interment will be in the Grove City Cemetery.
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