Enrique “Henry” Diaz, age ninety-two, passed away on February 25, 2023 in Sacramento, CA. He was born to Jesus and Maria Diaz on November 10, 1930 and raised in Ruth, Nevada. In 1944 his family moved to Healdsburg, CA where he graduated from Healdsburg High School in 1949. After high school he joined the United States National Guard and served honorably for 13 years, making the rank of Master Sergeant. He earned numerous service medals and awards and was a proud U.S. Veteran.
Henry pursued a sailing career on several ocean liners, including the SS Lurline, SS Mariposa, and SS Monterey, where he excelled in culinary skills. Sailing enabled him to travel around the world including many South Pacific destinations. He resided in Hawaii from 1964 to 1968.
Henry had three sons – Guy, Andrew (Andy) and Alfred (Fred) Diaz. He married Erma “Bert”, on February 10, 1977. Erma was the love of his life, and he treated her like a queen. On the 10th of every month, he would shower her with gifts to celebrate their union. The two loved dancing. Their song was “Spanish Eyes”. They also enjoyed playing cards and cooking meals together. They remained happily married for 45 years.
Henry was preceded in death by his wife, Erma Louise Diaz, his parents, and siblings Robert Diaz and Delores Padilla (Diaz), as well as his son Guy, his stepson Pee-Wee and step grandson Charlie. He is survived by his sisters, Rose Higgins (Diaz), Mary Ellen Miles (Diaz) and brother Charlie Diaz, and many nieces and nephews, his sons Andy and wife Rosie of Healdsburg, CA, Fred, and his wife Eileen, and their two children, Madeline and Natalie Diaz, his stepchildren, Cheryl, Charlie, Ray, Deena, and Connie. Henry will be greatly missed by many, but our hearts are joyous knowing he has joined his beloved wife Erma in Heaven.
Funeral services and committal will be at Saint Mary’s Cemetery and Funeral Center, 6509 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento, CA on April 22nd beginning at 12:00 PM with reception to follow.