In memory of
Fernando Diaz Beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend, Fernando Diaz, 65, passed away February 8 at home, after suffering several strokes and complications of COVID pneumonia. He was lovingly surrounded by family and close friends during his time on hospice. A native of Chile, Fernando was born in Santiago to Maria Gudelia Centonzio and the late Gilberto Diaz Silva. He was the third of six children. Growing up in Santiago he attended the State University of Technology (Universidad Tecnica del Estado) where he studied electrical engineering, completing his studies in 1981. He took a year off to live with his sister's family in the south of Chile where he gave service to his Baha'i faith. Fernando came to the United States in 1983, attending College of the Desert's International Student Program to learn English where he met the love of his life, Yvonne Bieri, a native of Switzerland. They married in May, 1988 and returned that fall to Yvonne's home town, Lucerne, Switzerland. During their five years there, three sons, Thomas, Kevin and Mario, were born. While there, Fernando worked as a computer software engineer for Landis & Gyr, also becoming fluent in German and Swiss German. But the warm, sunny Coachella Valley was always Fernando's dream. So, in 1993, the Diaz family emigrated permanently to the desert and became United States citizens. Fernando worked for Pacific Aqua Scape Engineering (PACE) as computer programmer and software engineer for 10 years. He then formed his own consulting business, TOKEMA, named after his sons' first two initials. Fernando is survived by his wife Yvonne Diaz, sons Thomas, Kevin and Mario Diaz, all of Palm Desert. He is also survived by his mother Maria Centonzio, sister Ana Maria Chandler, both of Palm Desert; brother Ricardo Diaz (wife Julie) of Oceanside; brother Gilbert Diaz (wife Angelica) of Mt. Shasta; brother Carlos Gonzales of Desert Hot Springs; sister Carmen Gloria Diaz of Quilpue, Chile, as well as many brothers-in-law, sisters-in law, nieces, nephews and friends in the United States, Chile, Canada, and Switzerland. Fernando will be laid to rest at the Coachella Valley Memorial Park, near his late brother-in-law, Reed Chandler. A private memorial service is being planned.
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