Louis Alfred Diaz

Date of Birth

August 25, 1926

Date of Death

January 15, 2021

Louis Diaz passed away on January 15, 2021 in Grand Saline, Texas. He was a long time resident of the Santa Ynez Valley for 54 years, then moving to Texas in 2003. He was born August 25, 1926 to parents Jose and Marcelina Diaz of Santa Barbara. He Graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1944 and immediately enlisted in the United States Navy and served on the USS Recruit (AM-285).

Lou was an accomplished guitar player that began as a child and continued throughout his life. He played many events throughout the valley with his brother Juve.

Lou and his brother Juve owned and operated the Valley Cleaners from 1951 until retirement in 2000. After retiring, he enjoyed his passion for golf and was a long time member of the Alisal Golf Course.

Survivors include his children; Jonny Diaz (Michael), Joseph Diaz and Jack Sherman. Grandchildren; Douglas (Khristena), Brittany (Anthony), Alyssa (Josh) and Jacqueline. Great-grandchildren; Katie, Kylie, Lane, Autumn, Bentley, Zoee, Rilee and Madison. Sisters; Ora Wood, Cecelia Montanez, Elisa Diaz and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his sons, Eddie, infant son James, infant grandson Brian. Siblings, Connie, Joe, Jenny, Juve, Nina.

At his request, no services will be planned.

When tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand.
That an angel came and called my name,
And took me by the hand.
The angel said my place was ready,
In Heaven far above.
And that I’d have to leave behind,
All those I dearly Love.
But when I walked through Heavens’s Gates,
I felt so much at home.
For God looked down, smiled at me,
and told me “Welcome Home.”
So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don’t think we’re far apart.
For every time you think of me,
I’m right there in your heart.


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