Arturo Diaz

  • Born: March 6, 1956
  • Died: January 10, 2013
  • Location: Northridge, California

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Arturo by adding your memories and photos.

Arturo was born on March 6, 1956.
He entered into Eternal Rest on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

He was a resident of Northridge, California.

He leaves behind his loving wife Alicia and only daughter Kristal.

Condolence & Memory Journal


sorry for your loss.

Posted by Joseph R Loo - Everett, WA - friend   May 27, 2014

My father asked me to look up your obituary, his name is Leopoldo Carrillo (El Barillas). You both were really good friends in San Fernando Valley. My father had cried for your loss everyday, since the day he found out which was last week. My father's birthday is January 10th, the same day you left earth. The greatest condolescences to all of your family from my Father (El Barillas). Your memories of growing up in San Fernando (The wild times) live in him forever.
Jessica Carrillo on behalf of my father Leo/Polo/El Barillas

Posted by Leo Carrillo (El Barillas) - San Diego, CA - Friend   June 27, 2013

I will forever regret not knowing you had been ill, and saying goodbye to you. I hold dear the memories of when we were teenagers, and our last conversation was about the movie " The Exorcist " , the my sister, PAULINE & I had just seen, & you said you had seen it too, and we told you that it was a really scary movie, and you just laughed about, cause you said that all it was about was that devil girl throwing up some " CAMPBELL'S ham-Pea Soup " , well, you made us both crack up too!! I will forever cherish those iteenager yerars ." may you sleep in peace, GodSpeed, Art. " Heaven was missing an Angel." MARIA, THE CHEERLEADER, S.F.H.S. Lady Tigers.

Posted by Maria Angela Allen/ montano-maiden. - San diego, CA - Friends of family & Arturo   June 19, 2013


You are Golden my Friend My love for you and your family always <3 again we until meet>

Posted by Angie Ortega - Baldwin Park, CA - friend   February 05, 2013

To the diaz family, i am sorry for loss, arturo was the best dude, always happy and always joking about everything, i worked for art for two years and i enjoyed that man ! i thing about him from the past , the good time, the jokes he made! arturo diaz will be missed my brother, you will truly be missed, after all these years i share the good with workers and tell then about art diaz , what a good man. one time arturo caught me on a pole no hard hat, no shirt, and arturo just looked the other way, thank god, i will miss you my dear friend, ARTURO DIAZ. TELL ME MEET AGAIN ART! ROBERT HERRERA, GTE / VERIZON LINEMEN/ CABLESPLICER

Posted by Robert herrera - palmdale, CA - good friend and former boss   January 29, 2013


My Dear Alicia,
My heart breaks for you and your family. You are one of the nicest people I have every met, and for you to be hurting like this, I just wish I could take your pain away. May God be with you and help you through this.
Our love, Mindi and Sara

Posted by mindi silverman - chatsworth, CA - Friend of Alicia   January 20, 2013


Although we had not spoken in quite some time, you and Kristal were a big part of my life and I am truly saddened by the news of your passing. I will always remember your fierce love of oldies, your infectious laugh and your strong love for your family and friends. My condolences to your wife, your brothers and sisters, your neices and nephews and most importantly to your baby girl, Kristal, the true love of your life and reason for surviving all of the hard times! Sleep with angels dear Art and everytime I hear "The Way You Look Tonight" by the Midniters, I will think of you and smile. God bless you and rest in peace. You will be missed.

Posted by Nancy Mesa Wright - Lancaster, CA - friend   January 16, 2013

I knew Art "across the table". I was the "Union" he was the "Boss". That relationship would, by it's nature, have been polite but distant at best-but it was not so. Art was the kind of supervisor that truly cared for his guys, a rare and wonderful thing these days. And because of that, Art and I had many opportunities to work with each other, rather than against each other. I admired the way he concerned himself with their welfare, even if it meant he took some heat. Art was a special man with good values that we could see by his actions and his words. His passing leaves a big hole. My prayers are with his lovely family in this sad time.

Posted by Kate Harden - Van Nuys, CA - coworker and friendly adversary   January 16, 2013


Posted by IRMA CISNEROS - Simi Valley, CA - YOUR BROTHERS GODDAUGHTER   January 16, 2013


Posted by STEPHEN DIRAIMO AND DEBBIE FREITAS - CARDIFF, CA - relative   January 16, 2013

I am very sorry for your loss. I know my uncle was a very Loving, Caring, Wonderful Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle, etc.

My uncle Art in now in Heaven seated next to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior! He is watching over us from the Heavens above.

May He Rest In Peace!

Blessing to all.

Paz Diaz

Posted by Paz Diaz - San Fernando, CA - Niece   January 15, 2013


Rest in peace broher Art...YOU WILL BE MISSED!

Posted by Carlos Malcolm - Denton, TX - Co-worker   January 15, 2013


I send my condolences to the family of a kind man. I worked with Art back in the GTE days. While I never met him person to person, I did speak with him on the phone and it was like talking to my brother. He will be missed, but the memories you have of him will remain in your hearts; and the flutter you feel from it will be him.

Posted by Donna Chevannes - Lewisville, TX - co-worker   January 15, 2013

Texas Customer Advocacy sends its deepest condolences to the Diaz family and to Diaz direct reports.

Posted by LaDonya Adger - Irving, TX - co-worker   January 15, 2013

I was so sad to hear the shocking news. I only met Art once in 2011, but with Alicia and the rest of the Creative team, we had such a great time, full of laughter and instant friendship. I will never forget what an incredible person he was and every time i think of that evening I will smile. All of my prayers are with you Alicia.

Posted by Ben Beattie - London   January 15, 2013

Alicia and Kristal

Our hearts are broken. We are all so very sad for you and your family. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Art was a very special man and will be missed by so many.

Love always,
Your friends Bill and Helen Riggs

Posted by Bill Riggs - Saugus, CA - Friend   January 15, 2013

Dear Kiki, Alicia, Jesus, George, Eugenia, Jose, and Alfonso--My heart breaks, my deepest-deepest sympathy to you all. I will cherish the memories and love from years ago.

May god be with you all. My prayers and love are with you during this very difficult time.
Auntie Janet

Posted by Auntie Janet - Oxnard/Channel Islands, CA - Auntie/Friend   January 15, 2013

I remember Art always had a smile and a can do attitude. He treated me with respect and as a friend, he was easy to work with. A true man's man and I'm blesses to have known him. May he be in Jesus's arms in His kingdom waiting for us all. We will miss you till we meet again.

Posted by Dan Williams - San Fernando, CA - Freind & Coworker   January 15, 2013


Alicia, I am so very sorry and saddened to hear the news on the loss of your husband. May God and His angels wrap their loving arms around you and carry you through this most difficult time. Please know that you and your family are in my heart and in my prayers.

Posted by Jan Piazza Cherrry - Cary, IL   January 15, 2013

I consider myself truly lucky to have known Art. Strong, compassionate, and so giving to friends and family. His marriage to Alicia has been an inspiration and I take comfort in knowing that the depth of their love will reunite them again. My heart and prayers are with Alicia, Kristal and this wonderful family.

Posted by Rick Blanco - San Gabriel, CA - Friend   January 15, 2013

My prayers go out to the family of one of the nicest and most respected supervisor I had the chance to work with at Verizon Tel Co, on both copper side and fiber side in the dispatch dept. He was highly respected on both sides. I will miss talking to him alot. "You go Arturo , and make the Angels proud"

Posted by Laurie Hill - Ontario, CA - Verizon   January 14, 2013

Deepest sympathies to your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Your friends at S&B - Michelle Ornellas, Greg Berman and Jason Maliszewski

Posted by Michelle Ornellas - los angeles, CA   January 14, 2013

I had the fortune of working with Art out of the Santa Monica yard for three years. I wondered who the sarcastic, salty guy down stairs was - found out it was a super knowledgable, loving guy who always put family first. He will be missed!

My heart goes to the Diaz family ~

Stephanie Rodgers

Posted by Stephanie Rodgers - Redondo Beach, CA   January 14, 2013

Alicia and Kristal. I am still stunned about Arturo's sudden passing. He and I go way back to the GTE days of 1978. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Rest in peace brother.

Posted by Ines Torres - Santa Clarita, CA   January 14, 2013

Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.

Posted by Tony Clark - Carson, CA - A long-time friend at GTE   January 14, 2013


Kristal, We are very sorry for your loss. Words cannot express our deepest sympathies. He is alive through your beautiful eyes Kristal...We Love You

Posted by Derek & Wendy Real - Las Vegas, NV - Uncle   January 14, 2013

GTE/Verizon Co-worker beginining early 80's. He was on my I&M crew at the begining of our careers. He was close friend with my Bill and his wife Helen. Got occasional updates on Art and even ran into him at the Exposition Yard a month or so before his passing. We have seen each other through the years and it was a pleasure to catch up again. He was good man/manager and loved his family.

Posted by Dan Riggs - Thousand Oaks, CA - Co-worker   January 14, 2013


So very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Dorothy Carson - Los angeles, CA - friend   January 14, 2013

Alicia, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that the Lord give you strength through this difficult time. You, Kristal and the whole family and in my prayers, God Bless you all.


Posted by Maria C. Herraez (Iturbe) - Morgan Hill, CA - family friend   January 14, 2013

Alicia and Kristal,

Even though I have not met you in person, I did through Art. He will always talk about his love for his wife and only daughter, how proud he was of both of you and his family was his priority.
Art was an incredible person, worker and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Nora Garrido

Posted by Nora Garrido - Ventura, CA - co-worker   January 14, 2013

We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Art will be missed and may he rest in peace. God Bless, Tina & Frank Re

Posted by Tina & Frank Re - Simi Valley, CA - Co-Worker   January 14, 2013


May his soul rest in peace.

Posted by Marva Kerr - Santa Clarita, CA - Co-Worker   January 14, 2013


To Art's Family, I only new Art for a short time, but he touched my heart. Art was a very, very nice man, kind, caring, and very funny. Anytime we would talk, he always spoke about his wife and daughter. He will be missed. I remember him always smiling, I will never forget him. Que Dios bendiga a usted y su familia. Verizon lost a great Supervisor to the Santa Monica techs and Redondo Beach. Great Guy! So Sorry!

Posted by Lupe Yanez Murillo - Redondo Beach, CA - Co-Worker (Verizon)   January 14, 2013

Alicia and Kristal, Art and I spoke on many occasions about family and he always was quick to tell me how important family was to him. I know how much he loved the both of you. He will truly be missed. God bless the both of you and his brothers and sisters.

Posted by Danny Peterson - Culver City, CA - Friend and Co Worker   January 14, 2013


Alicia & Kristal

Art was an amazing person who touched the lives of many, May God give you and your family the courage and strength to bear this Irreparable loss. Love and Sympathy

Debbie Archuleta

Posted by Debbie Archuleta - Rancho Cucamonga, CA - GTE / Verizon   January 14, 2013


I have no words that can comfort either one of you. I wish I could take the pain and make it all go away. I know your hearts have broken, I know you can feel it breaking. I wish I could stop it. The road will be long but I will try whatever is in power to accompany you a long the way. I want you both to know that I love you and I loved Art. And you will travel this journey but never alone. Please know you are both in my thoughts, prayers and specially in my heart.

Art was one of those special gifts God sends to us and enriches and fulfills our lives with goodness, love and happiness. He was always thinking of everyone else.

I love you Art, I promise you I will be one of the many that will hold your Alicia and your baby girl Kristal's hand until they feel they are strong enough to let go.

You will be missed but will remain forever in hearts and minds. I love you. Rest in peace my beautiful friend.

Posted by Barbara Suarez - Mission,hills, CA - Cousin   January 14, 2013

To the best boss ever and a friend. May you rest in peace. We will miss you.

Posted by Ron Daub - Calabasas, CA   January 14, 2013

Art knew everyone at GTE and everyone knew Art. He was always friendly. He left a lasting impression. Carsmatic, friendly, and a joy to have in ones presence. Only good times to remember. Art will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace my friend. You will never be forgotten. Chuck Mrphy

Posted by Chuck Murphy - Santa Clarita, CA - co-worker friend   January 14, 2013

I am very saddened by your families loss. Art was a great guy and friend.

Posted by Larry Aronson - Granada Hills, CA - Co-worker   January 13, 2013

My husband Ray and Art worked together. Ray trained him when he first came to work in San Fernando yard. I met him when I because dispatch of San Fernando yard. He was a great person always smiling. Ray and I will miss you Art. R.I.P.

Ray & Kim Hobbs

Posted by Ray & Kim Hobbs - VAN NUYS, CA - Co-Worker   January 13, 2013


Art,my dear friend you will be missed by all. My deepest condolences to your family at this time. I will miss your friendship,that smile & that laugh. Rest in peace

Posted by Sally Hernandez    January 13, 2013

Alicia and Kristal,

We are so sadden by the loss of your husband and dad. Art was such a good friend and this is a great loss to all of us.

Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you always.

All our love,

Joe and Becky Poyer

Posted by Joe & Becky Poyer - Camarillo, CA - Friend   January 13, 2013

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Art's passing. We were co-workers at GTE until I left in 1994. Although I had not seen or spoken with Art since, all memories of my time in San Fernando are still fresh in my mind. I remember Art as always happy and laughing about something, good times...God bless the Diaz family and RIP Art.

Posted by Mark Marfoglia - Las Vegas, NV - Former Co-worker GTE   January 13, 2013

I can't believe you're gone. Rest in peace Art.

Posted by Roger Clark - Bakersfield, CA - Former Co-Worker   January 13, 2013


Posted by BRIDGET LACH - TUCSON, AZ - CO WORKER   January 13, 2013

I am so sorry to hear that your dad passed. I have a hard time believing it, I remember him when he was very young. He was very funny and full of life. He was always smiling. I have not seen him since. I know how hard it is to lose your dad, there is always something missing. I find myself thinking "I wish I could tell mt dad, he would understand or help me figure out what to do." There is no one who loves you like a father does.
Please believe me, someday you will remember him and smile and laugh. I keep a picture of my dad on my locker at work, and I touch it every day at work. Be strong when you can, and lean on those you love when you must.
Stephanie and Logan

Posted by Stephanie DiRaimo - Westfield, NY   January 13, 2013


Alicia, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that the Lord give you strength through this difficult time. You, Kristal and the whole family and in our prayers.

Posted by Cari Herrera - Miramar, FL   January 13, 2013


I am so very sorry for your loss. I know Art was the love of your life and it was an honor for me to have known him. He will be missed by many. Take care of yourself.

Michael Stadler

Posted by Michael Stadler - Ventura, CA - Friend of his wife Alicia   January 13, 2013

Art was a good boss,But he was a better Friend.He will be truly missed.P

Posted by Rick Lemus - apple valley, CA - Co-work at Verizon San Fernando   January 13, 2013

Thoughts and Prayers for the family.I was stunned to hear the news of his passing. I hope that time will heal your loss.Shared some great laughs and good times with Art, He will be missed.

Posted by John Huddleston - Lancaster, CA - Friend/Coworker   January 13, 2013


Peace be with you Brother. God be with you?

Posted by Susan Statler - Manteca, CA - Co wroker   January 13, 2013

Rest in peace Art. God be with you.

Posted by Susan Statler - Manteca, CA - Co Worker   January 13, 2013

RIP OLD FRIEND.May God bless your family

Posted by Todd Noel - Winnetka, CA - former co-worker   January 13, 2013

My deepest condolence Krysal, and Alicia, my prayer and thoughts are with you and your family.

Posted by Martha Gaitan-Allen - Santa Clarita, CA - Friend/Co-Worker   January 13, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with Art's family at this time, especially Alicia and Kristal.

Posted by Maryann Valles - Ventura, CA - I worked with Alicia   January 13, 2013

Art, ever since I met you, you have been an easy going person, with a smile always on your face. I will miss your last minute calls into our office. Rest in peace my friend

Posted by monica cummings - lancaster, CA - co worker   January 13, 2013

Diaz Family,

Our hearts are with you during this time and always

Posted by Teresa and Dale Tibbetts - Tarzana, CA   January 13, 2013


No words can express the heartbreak that we feel. Our love and support goes to Alicia and Kristal. God Bless all of Art's family.

Posted by Mr and Mrs Richard Whobrey - Ventura, CA - good freinds   January 13, 2013

Beloved dad may he rest in peace

Posted by Tony & Lucy Torres - san clemente, CA - grandaughters father   January 13, 2013

Family Album

Life Stories

My brother Art was one of a handful of bosses that I had over my 34 year career at GTE, Verizon.
He wasn't my boss he was my friend, he has left a permanent mark on my heart, I would come to California on vacation and he was my first visit.
Hey Art you still owe me a Mexican dinner, I will see you again my friend, I miss you terribly. I think about you all the time.
Sorry I never got to see you before you left.
Aloha my friend.

Art was my boss for a couple of years. He was one of very few good bosses I ever had, he was a very good friend, and after we were reorganized and sent back to our local areas he and I became better friends. I often checked in with him, knowing he had health concerns, but he was always seemed happy and healthy. I recently tried to contact Art at home and work and was having a difficult time reaching him, a few months went by and I called his office in Santa Monica and spoke with someone there and they passed on the bad news.
Art I will miss you, a good boss and friend to me, I am sorry we never got to talk one more time.
I will surely see you in heaven my friend. Love and miss you buddy.
Joe Loo

Art and I go why back to our high school years. I was a year ahead of him at the new High School "John F. Kenndey" back in the fall of 1971. Back then it didn't matter what year you were in. It being a new school we all became good friends. There we share many a good times in and off school. We kind went our separate ways But after serving 3 years in the military and a year of here and there, I was hired by GTE, I had to report to the San Fernando yard and as alittle time went by. I was sent to I&M repair school and it was there when Art and I, along with Dave Eilers became good friends, that lasted until his passing last week. The three of us shared many great times. Art even became my sons, Raymond James, Fios supervisor. Will always be so grateful for Art taking my son under his wing and looking out for him. Raymond has always been saying " Dad, it's so weird working for Art, because I look to him as thou he's my uncle". That alone says what kind of man he was. A TRUE FRIEND. My son and I are going to miss you. My Family prayers and thoughts are with your wife and daughter. May The Good LORD Bless them both with the strength needed during this difficult time. Won't need to ask our LORD for a angel to look over them, because we all know you are going to be that angel. R.I.P My Friend - Ray

Art has been in my thoughts and prayers all week. A story came to mind where Art basically "put me in my place" one morning which I never forgot and deserved I might add...One morning while meeting behind our trucks like we did back in the GTE Days in San fernando I had made a reference to a "wet back" hanging out in front of the yard, he was quick to correct me that it was not appropriate to use that name and that from now on I refer to them as "Border Brothers". From that day on in the early 90's I have always remembered that and have never used the "wet back" phrase again. Nothing but love and respect for a man that obviously has touched a lot lives in his time here on earth. He will be in my thougths & prayers as well as his family in the coming days, months etc. I know he will walk with God...

when Art first started working as a supervisor at San fernando Yard and his manager asked him to a report he would ask me to do it for him. I would tell him that I didn't know how. He would tell me "yo se que eres Chingona you can do it. After that I had to prove to him that I am able to do it. Because of this his nickname for me was Chinguis. He will be in my heart always. He was a great friend and a great person to work with. You will be greatly missed. You will be in my prayers, may you rest in peace Art.

For many years Art and I had a friendship that was characterized by a "confrontation" everytime we ran into each other. This "confrontation" always began when Art observed me speaking to a latina. I could only speak if I asked him for permission. Needless to say, it always ended in laughter after speaking without "permission" and escaping before incurring his wrath. This unfolded over many years until I retired in 2003. I have seen Art a few times since then, but I will always miss getting his "permission."

Art, I have only known you a short time but what I remember of you is a giving loving person. Love to your family from mine. RIP and may god see your family through this dificult time.

Diaz Family, I can remember Art (and friends) whistling that familiar loco tune at HS baseball games to let me know he/they were there. Always a great time getting to know his brothers and family on weekends. He always treated me like family and we always greeted each other, even at/during work with a hug. My parents always said he was "another son" to them. He has never changed how he treats people since I met him back in 72. Verizon will not be the same without you Art. Our prayers are with all of Art's family.

David & Robyn Diaz & family

It’s hard to believe you were taken so young. Art I enjoyed being your friend and coworker for many years. You will be deeply missed by all. Until we meet again. R.I.P. Bro

Art loved life,Family and Kids,Every Christmas we would go to Target and pick up 3 bicycles each One year Art had 27 bicycles for needy Family.He was a good Man to all.An was my Friend

I've know Art for close to forty years, we grew up in the same neighborhood, then we worked GTE/Verizon, we became good friends when I went to work on the Frame and he was in I & R. The outside guys, treated us girls on the frame like one of them, so on Friday night for many years we would all pile into a booth at Sierra's in San Fernando, laugh, have a beer and listen to Chente on the Juke Box,
In his serious moments, we would talk about life kids and everyday stuff and one day he told me that he felt that he would died young, I told him not to talk that way, then he would laugh and say die young and leave a good looking body. and make sure that when I died they play Chente for him. I played it for you my friend, I will miss you dearly. No one can say Maaarrrrta to me again, without me thinking of you. RIP Turito.