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Arturo Alberto Diaz

Arturo Alberto Diaz
Arturo Alberto Diaz
July 6th, 1957 – December 24th, 2012

Arturo Alberto Diaz entered into his final rest late Monday December 24, 2012 at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla, California. Art was born July 6, 1957 in Phoenix, Arizona. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Lisa; and sister, Karen de Magalhaes and her husband, Roberto de Malaghaes of Fargo, North Dakota.

Art spent three years at the Admiral Farragut Academy in New Jersey (1973-1975) achieving the Battalion Executive Officer position his senior year under Battalion Commander Mark Buzby. Upon graduation he entered the United States Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering and Third Assistant Engineer License from the U.S. Coast Guard. After serving five years as a “Coastie”, Art went to work for the Navy as a civilian port engineer for Military Sealift Command where he rose through the chain of command to become the Senior MSC Builders Representative for New Construction. During his tenure, Art facilitated delivery of over 40 ships to the Navy.

A man of passion and purpose, Art enjoyed history, nature, bullfighting, mentoring our young people and shipbuilding. He generously shared his experience and energy with everyone he touched. We are all better people for having him in our lives; fair winds and following seas shipmate.

Art’s ashes will be scattered at sea in a private ceremony later this month. A memorial wreath will be laid by the crew of USNS CESAR CHAVEZ (T-AKE 14) during their Final Contract Trial in February 2013. The CHAVEZ was the last ship delivered under Art’s watch. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675


  1. Anna Sugapong

    Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. Arturo was such a special man – he was kind, generous, humorous, full of spunk, and a joy to work with. We miss him greatly. Let us know if you need anything. We are here to support you – always.


  2. Ron Henry

    Art will truly be missed. From a professional standpoint, Art really made me a better person. When discussing the technical aspects of Shipbuilding, Ship Repair, and Mechanical Systems, one must always bring there “A Game” when interfacing with Art. I have been living and working in Rota Spain for the past 14 months, and have very recently thought about those detailed conversations Art and I would have regarding specific Engineering related technical issues with the T-AKE’s Propulsion Plant.

    While working with Art on the T-AKE Program we have had some very interesting detailed conversations about the Stern Tube Bearings and Seals / Emergency Diesel Generators / Bulkhead Seals / Engines / and Couplings to name a few. Art and I had some detailed, technically in-depth, lengthy discussions on these subjects, and other related propulsion system components.

    Who could ever forget his speech’s during ship delivery ceremonies, if you have been in attendance for one of his speech’s you were in for a real treat for sure. His flamboyant personality brought those ceremonies to a very high level of pride, professionalism, captivation, and interest, it was entertaining to say the least.

    He was and is “All Of That” and then some, he was the man with the plan. This is a great loss to his Family, the Navy and MSC Community, and Society. May The Peace be with you in sprit and God Bless you and your Family.

    Fair Winds and Following Seas Arturo!

    Ron Henry

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