Richard L. Diller

Albuquerque Journal - - METRO & NM | OBITUARIES -

Richard Diller, 66, lov­ing father, hus­band, son, brother, un­cle, col­league and found­ing "Boy’s Club" mem­ber, passed away peace­fully on Fri­day, Jan­uary 4, 2019, af­ter a coura­geous and hard-fought bat­tle with can­cer. His fam­ily was at his side. Rich was a com­mer­cial real es­tate bro­ker in Al­bu­querque for more than 34 years, most re­cently with NAI Maes­tas and Ward, while also serv­ing as pres­i­dent of CCIM and SIOR and CARNM "Re­al­tor of the Year" at var­i­ous points through­out his ca­reer. He was a mem­ber of the Lobo Foot­ball First Team, Lobo Club and board/life­time mem­ber of the UNM Alumni Let­ter­man’s As­so­ci­a­tion, and par­tic­i­pated as a Big Brother in Big Broth­ers, Big Sis­ters of Cen­tral New Mex­ico.

He ar­rived in Al­bu­querque from Phoenix to play foot­ball for the Univer­sity of New Mex­ico Lo­bos from 1970–1973, where he starred as a full­back and teamed with quar­ter­back Rocky Long and half­back Fred Henry to help lead a na­tion­ally ranked Lobo wish­bone of­fense. Many of his team­mates re­mained life­long friends. A true Lobo for life, Rich en­joyed cheer­ing on the UNM foot­ball, bas­ket­ball and vol­ley­ball teams through­out the years.

Rich had a life­long love and com­mit­ment to Al­bu­querque and New Mex­ico. He was an avid golfer, hiker and sports fan, and en­joyed trav­el­ing. He par­tic­u­larly cher­ished time spent with his close cir­cle of friends, the "Boy’s Club," and the fam­ily’s many vis­its to one of their fa­vorite places, Pagosa Springs, CO.

Rich was our hero who pos­sessed a heart of gold. He was our rock with an ever-steady hand and for­ti­tude to nav­i­gate us through the good and the bad. He was a gen­uine fam­ily man of deep in­tegrity, loy­alty, gen­eros­ity, courage and kind­ness who loved noth­ing more than to be with fam­ily and friends en­joy­ing meals, sports, and cel­e­bra­tions to­gether.

He will be greatly missed by his fam­ily, friends, and the many peo­ple whose lives he im­pacted pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally through­out the years. His fam­ily wishes to ex­press their deep­est grat­i­tude for the out­pour­ing of love and sup­port dur­ing these dif­fi­cult months and our time of sor­row.

Rich will be lov­ingly re­mem­bered by his three chil­dren, Ash­ley Diller, Kim­berly Harms and hus­band, Bobby, and Ryan Diller; his par­ents, Don and June Diller; sis­ter, Laura Hair and hus­band, Mil­lard; broth­ers, Randy Diller and Larry Diller and wife, Donna; and his won­der­ful girl­friend, Ann Bed­ding­field. He also leaves be­hind many nieces, neph­ews, cousins, ex­tended fam­ily and friends. He was pre­ceded in death by his lov­ing wife of nearly 30 years, De­bra Diller. We take com­fort in know­ing they have been re­united and that their spir­its will live on in all who knew and loved them.

A Cel­e­bra­tion of Life will be held Fri­day, Jan­uary 18, 2019, 11:00 a.m., at San­dia Pres­by­te­rian Church, 10704 Paseo Del Norte NE. In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions in mem­ory of Rich may be made to the Al­bu­querque Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion not­ing the Rich Diller Me­mo­rial Fund, P.O. Box 25266, ABQ, NM 87125 or on­line at al­bu­querquefo un­da­tion.org. Please visit our on­line guest­book for Richard at www.FrenchFuner­als.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 505.823.9400 www.frenchfuner­als.com

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