Kenneth Richard Diaz, Sr.
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Citadel Football Association Schlorship Fund
    520 Folly Road, Ste. P-376
    Charleston, SC 29412

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ken was a member of the perfect class, the citadel class of 1969. i knew him there and admired him and enjoyed his friendship during a meaningful time in our lives. he will be missed by all of his classmates and we will remember him fondly. our prayers and condolences to all of you.

Posted by: gregory olney - clearwater, FL - classmate   Dec 03, 2012

The Family,

I was really sadden to hear about Ken's passing. He was really one of the most talented players on our team. He played with heart and a lot of passion. My senior year I was not able play and Ken and I helped coach the freshman team under Coach Chal Port. We had a pretty decent quarterback on that team named John Rosa. I will always have fond memories of Ken. Please accept our condolences.

Posted by: Richard G. Everett '70 - Greenville, NC - Classmate   Dec 03, 2012

Hello Carmen and family. I was a year younger than Ken and we played football together at The Citadel. Ken was an outstanding leader and player but my memories of him him went much further than that. As an underclassmen at The Citadel, life was tough on and off the field. Ken was so GREAT to me my Freshmen and Sophmore years as he always gave me encouragement not to give up and to not let the "system" get to

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Posted by: Gay Mayfield - Savannah, GA - Citadel friend and football team   Dec 03, 2012

Dear Carmen, Ken, Brooke and Lynn,
I am so saddened by the loss of Kenny. When I last saw him at my niece's wedding, I thought we had many years ahead to plan to see each other again. How sad that we go through life thinking we have time to reconnect with family and friends. Time and everyday life obligations get in the way of good intentions. I have many fond memories of Kenny from our home leave trips and also

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Posted by: Marsha Diaz - Alexandria, VA - Cousin   Dec 01, 2012

Carmen, Kenny and Brooke, I am so sorry about the loss of Ken. We followed Tommy's updates and things were beginning to look up. Then came the terrible news. My vision of Ken is one who always was looking up with the expectation of something good always was just around the corner. Nothing was impossible for him. I was on the football team with him and as a linebacker we all were under the guidance of the Hoss, Coach Adams.

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Posted by: Bill Utsey - Clemson , SC - Teammate   Nov 30, 2012

I am truly sorry for your loss. Ken was a great man and I am sure a great husband and great dad. We were in the same company, went to Mass together and played ball together. While I was a class ahead, we roomed together on away football trips and usually had an ajoining room with Rick Clifford and Rodney Engard. It was our job to keep them out of trouble. Ken did alot better job than I. I will miss him but will cherish those fond memories.
Gene Morehead, Class of "68

Posted by: Gene Morehead - Florence, SC, SC - friend and teammate   Nov 30, 2012

Since Kenny and I grew up far apart, we seldom saw one another, though I’ll always cherish our family reunions when all the cousins were together. My favorite memory though dates back to when I lived in the DC area in the early 80’s. I don’t remember why Kenny was in town, but he stopped by for a visit. It was the first (and only) time we had a substantive one to one talk together about our respective lives. This

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Posted by: Helen Diaz - Aix-en-Provence, France - Cousin   Nov 30, 2012

Unfortunately, I only met Kenny three times in our lifetiames, but all three times were significant. The first was when Brian (his cousin) and I were traveling in Canada. He was playing football there and we stopped for an overnight visit. He was a gracious host and seemed giddy to meet Brian's girlfriend and happy for him.
The second was when he and Carmen were living in Atlanta and our children were all quite young.
The third was when he and Carmen

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Posted by: Dale Diaz - Harrisonburg, VA - cousin by marriage   Nov 30, 2012

Kenny was 11 years older than me, because of the age difference and growing up in different cities I did not see him very much.

I do have one particular memory, whcn I was 16 he came home to introduce his girlfriend, Carment (now wife0 to the family. All the cousins went out dancing, being only 16 it was difficult to get into a club. Kenny took me under his wing, and got me in with him, so that I could celebrate out with all the cousins.

Posted by: Annie - cousin   Nov 30, 2012

I was so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. Please know he is in my thoughts and prayers as are all of you. May God bless and keep you in your time of sorrow.

John Maxwell

Posted by: John Maxwell    Nov 30, 2012