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“Big Rick” Diaz


Funeral mass for Jesus Enrique “Big Rick” Diaz, 60 of Springdale, Ark., formerly of Frederick, were scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at St. Helen’s Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Cory D. Stanley, pastor, officiating. Mr. Diaz passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Fayetteville, Ark.

Burial was scheduled in the Frederick Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Orr Gray Gish Funeral Home. Rosary prayer vigil rites were set for 6 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home.

He was born on Dec. 18, 1958, in Loraine, Texas to Felipe and Maria (Nuncio) Diaz. He attended Davidson schools. He was united in marriage to Sara Cadena on Sept. 18, 1979, in Frederick. She passed away May 17, 2000. He worked for Ed Matthew Roofing Company and then various construction jobs.

He loved to shoot pool and play softball. He was outgoing and fun and always made others laugh. He moved to Arkansas seven years ago to be near his son. He continued to work construction jobs. He was Catholic.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents: his father in 1967, and his mother in 2009. He is survived by his son: Jesus Enrique “Little Ricky” Diaz, Jr. and wife Tara, of Springdale; two brothers: Felipe Diaz, and Joe Diaz and wife Tina, all of Frederick; five sisters: Irene Cruz, of Frederick, Teresa Diaz, of Tipton, Susie Barajas and husband Francisco, of Frederick, Elena Hernandez, of Waco, Texas, and Christine Martinez and husband Juan, of Crowell, Texas; a step-granddaughter: Zoe; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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