Legendary Farrington player and coach Skippa Diaz dead at 70

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Legendary Farrington football coach and player Edward "Skippa" Diaz died at his home early Saturday morning.

The 70-year old had battled stage four gastric adenocarcinoma for four years.

Randall Okimoto, who starred as a running back under Diaz in the late 80's and early 90's, said he lost "a mentor, coach, and friend in my life."

Diaz was an All-ILH football player who went on to star at Oregon State as an All-Pac 10 defensive tackle and eventually played professionally in the CFL.

He retired from coaching in 1999.

Services are pending.

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