(Victorville)—- He’s been a teacher, coach, counselor, soldier, mentor and city councilman. Throughout his life, Felix Diaz has faithfully served his beloved High Desert in one capacity or another.
For his life of dedicated service, Diaz, 79, will be honored at Saturday’s Cinco de Mayo Festival at Victor Valley College.
“The High Desert Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is proud to honor and recognize Felix Diaz as Grand Marshall of the 40th Annual Cinco de Mayo Family Festival,” said Eric J Camarena, Chairman of the Board. “Felix has served the community for decades as a Victorville City Councilman, a Trustee with the Victor Valley Union High School District and with the American GI Forum. He was a founder of the Old Town Victorville Veterans Memorial and of the High Desert Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Cinco de Mayo Celebration in 1972. He has inspired 1000s to reach greater heights and his impact on the community is beyond measure.”
Born and raised in Victorville, Diaz graduated from Victor Valley High School in 1953, where he lettered in three major sports. He joined the Army and in 1967 earned a bachelor’s degree from Cal State College Los Angeles and a master’s degree from Chapman College in 1971.
Diaz began a 46-year teaching career in 1961, teaching the range of grades from kindergarten to college, including 23 years at Victor Valley College. In 1992 Diaz was elected to the Victor Valley City Council, where he worked to establish the Old Town Veterans’ Memorial. In 2004, he published his autobiography, “Footprints from the Barrio.” In retirement, he’s also played an important role with local schools in the California Cadet Corps, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel. He currently serves as a community liaison for First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood, and was appointed to the Excelsior School Board in October of 2012
“Felix has given so much to our community,” Lovingood said. “I am proud to know him and he is very deserving of his honor.”
Sponsored by the High Desert Hispanic Chamber, the Cinco de Mayo Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at Victor Valley College. For more information, call (760) 241-6661 or click on HDHCC.org.