CONCORD, CA (April 18, 2023) — Tony Diaz, 67, of Concord passed away March 14, 2023.
Tony was born in San Francisco on Aug. 26, 1955, to Blanca, who had emigrataed from El Salvador, and Carlos, who had emigrated from Mexico.
As soon as he could read, he went off to Catholic school, immersing himself into all things a good Catholic boy would do: serving the church and playing sports for his school. He was an altar boy and played the holy trinity of American sports – football, basketball and baseball – while he attended St. Mary’s College High School in Berkeley. Deciding to challenge himself, he went on to pursue higher education and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco and an MBA from Notre Dame.
Those who knew him discovered his strong will and his appetite for adventure. One prime example was leaving the United States for Japan with only $200 to his name. Even after running out of money, he was determined to live there, befriending strangers (especially the ladies), finding work and learning the language.
Upon returning to the United States, he met Martha Flores, the future mother of his children and his partner-in-crime for 33 years. They married April 28, 1990, and had three children in rapid succession, Toni, Isabella and Cesar.
Like any true Californian, he had an insatiable love for the Beach Boys and beach party films, along with pride for his beautiful home state. And like many Bay Area natives, he launched his lifelong career in technology inspired by Silicon Valley. This influenced his love for getting his hands on the latest and greatest in technology. Whether it was an upgraded stereo system, moving away from dial-up in the ’90s or automating home life, he wanted his family to have it all.
He loved concerts, dancing, live music and any excuse to party. And those who knew him know he wanted you to celebrate in his name. And to that, he would have said, “Salud! Cheers! Kanpai!”
Tony is survived by his mother, his wife and his three children.
For more details regarding his celebration of life, visit https://everloved.com/life-of/antonio-diaz.