Mario Diaz, age 44, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, December 3, 2018. He was in his home surrounded by his beloved family and friends.

Mario was born on January 12th, 1974, to Robert Parrett and Aurora C.  Ontiveros. He was blessed to be raised by father Robert Parrett, mother Aurora C. Ontiveros and step father Thomas Ontiveros. He graduated and received his high school diploma and a degree in the Culinary Arts Department at Anaconda Job Corps, Anaconda, MT.  He then moved back to Billings, where he met his wife Jenny and had three beautiful children, Aliyas, 21, Estavia, 16, and Iliano, 11.

Mario was a devoted dad and husband, he always made sure that his wife and children were happy and taken care of physically, mentally, and emotionally. He loved and cared for his family and friends, as well, making sure that their needs were met before his own. He dropped everything just to bring joy and laughter, even a shoulder to cry on when needed. He wanted to make the world a better place and tried his hardest to do that. When he walked into a room just his smile alone could change the whole mood. He loved his big Hispanic family and his wife Jenny Diaz.

He had a passionate love for nature and being outside; especially camping, hiking, and fishing. He loved listening to music, cooking with his children, drawing, and spending time with all his family and friends. He loved life in general, everyday to him was a blessing and treated it as such.

Mario is preceded in death by Robert Parrett (dad), Robert M. Diaz (brother), Josie Shepard (grandma), Luis and Jenny Diaz (grandma and grandpa), Thomas R. Ontiveros (stepdad), and other loving family members.

Survived by his mom, Aurora C. Ontiveros, sisters, Nisha (Shawn) Diaz, and Oriana (Miles) Ontiveros, brothers, Rick (Tina) Ontiveros, Dana Ontiveros, Dion (Shelly) Ontiveros, wife, Jennifer Diaz, and children Aliyas Diaz, Estavia Diaz, Iliano Diaz, and numerous niece and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Memorial Mass will be held at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church “Little Flower Church” 3441 3rd Ave S on Friday December 7, at 9 am, followed by burial at Mountview Cemetery with reception to follow at Little Flower Church.