The Hawaii high school football community is mourning the loss of a legend.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is reporting former Farrington head football coach Edward "Skippa" Diaz passed away Saturday morning after a 4-year battle with stage 4 gastric adeno-carcinoma.
He was 70.
Diaz was an all Interscholastic League of Honoulu football player, and All-Pac 10 defensive tackle at Oregon State, and played professionally in the CFL.
He returned to Hawaii to make a big mark as a coach and educator, at Washington Intermediate, Kalani, Waialua, Mililani and most notably his alma mater, Farrington.
Diaz retired from coaching and teaching in 1999 and went on to be deputy director of the Honolulu City and County Department of Parks and Recreation and served on the Aloha Stadium Authority.
Services are pending.