Diego Matoskah Surman, 25, of Fifield, WI, passed away on May 23, 2022, at his home with his parents by his side. Diego was born on September 19, 1996, in Spooner, WI, to Mitch and Juanita (Garcia) Surman. Diego loved God, Family, and Country. His Patron Saint was archangel Saint Michael, a spiritual warrior in the battle of good versus evil. Diego was a firm believer in the sanctity of life, specifically the unborn who are deemed less than physically perfect. Diego was born with NF1. Although the symptoms could be mild, in Diego's case it resulted in multiple tumors and a very aggressive cancer which he ultimately succumbed to. He was a fighter and outlived his life expectancy by over twenty years.
Diego was baptized at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Fifield. He made his first communion and confirmation of his faith at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Phillips. Diego began his formal education at his beloved Dedee’s Daycare. He attended school in Phillips and graduated from the Phillips School District in 2015.
Diego was a member of the Boy Scout of America Troop 540 and earned Eagle Scout rank. He was a loyal patriot of the U.S.A., and often said if he was not in a wheelchair he would have wanted to serve and defend his country. Diego was an honorary member of the US ARMY 95th Division Ironmen of Metz and an honorary member of the U.S.S. Point Cruz aircraft carrier.
Diego's interests included military history, space traveling, and fine foods. He liked trying new restaurants, developing his own recipes and combining different spices for sauces and meat rubs. Diego loved chocolate, a fact that did not go unnoticed by his long-time primary doctor, Louay Danial. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and listening to country music. As a young boy, Diego sang George Strait's "Write this Down" at the Price County Fair.
Diego is survived by his parents, Mitch and Juanita; sister, Maria; many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and beloved pets.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Jeanee Surman, Exiquio and Hortencia Garcia. He was also preceded in death by four maternal aunts, Lydia, Inez, Isabel and Peggy Garcia; his maternal uncle, Elijio Garcia and his cousin/friend/partner in crime Jayson Oritiz, all from Texas.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11a.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, 655 S. Lake Ave, Phillips, WI, 54555, with Father Lourdu Madanu Raju officiating. Visitation will begin two hours prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery, Fifield, WI. Heindl-Nimsgern Funeral Home is assisting the family.
The family would like to thank Supportive Home Care and Flambeau Home Health & Hospice.