Lake County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Officer Juan Diaz | Provided Photo

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the death of a corrections officer who had recently retired due to an illness after over 30 years of service with the department.

“It is with a very heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Corrections Officer Juan Diaz,” the sheriff’s office said on Thursday.

“We will miss you more than you know, Juan. Thank you so much for your dedication, commitment, and always positive vibes that you provided Lake County. Rest In Peace, Juan,” the sheriff’s office said.

Diaz started his career with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office on September 24, 1990.

Former Lake County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Officer Juan Diaz (seated, center left) died after retiring from the department, officials said. | Provided Photo

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said that Diaz served in numerous divisions including the Bullpen and External Transport and managed entire pods.

He also served on the sheriff’s honor guard.

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Diaz recently retired after 31 years with the department due to a battle with an illness.

Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg said Diaz was a “true leader in the sheriff’s office.”

“His contagious smile, down to earth personality, and ability to have a positive impact on inmates will never be forgotten. Juan was very respected by his peers and supervisors,” Idleburg said.

“We will truly miss Juan and he will always be remembered as one of the best,” Idleburg added.