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