Lazaro was born on April 16, 1927, in Lincoln, to Cristobal and Fulgencia Zamora. He was preceded in death by his parents; wives: Dora Montoya Zamora and Libby Torres Zamora; daughter, JoAnn Sanchez; son, Michael Zamora; brothers: Cristobal II and Emilio; sister, Cecilia Apodaca.
He is survived by his son, David, and wife, Joyce; daughter, Theresa Zimmerly and husband, Tim; son-in-law, Randy Sanchez, and daughter-in-law, Gloria Zamora; grandchildren: Daniella (Richard) Shryock and Alejandro Sanchez, Ramona, Michelle, Zachary and Natalie Zamora, Justine and Samuel Zimmerly; sisters: Rosa Moore, Avelina Solt, Mary Trujillo and Delores Weesner; brothers: Lucio and Joe; several great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Lazaro worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 32 years and served in the U.S. Navy toward the end of WWII and was a Navy reservist. He spent 35 years in the New Mexico Army National Guard, retiring at the rank of master sergeant. During his service as a mail carrier, he was vice presdent for the NM State Letters Carriers and president of the local branch.
In July 2009, he was presented with his 60-year membership to the National Association of Letter Carriers. He was well-respected and sought out for his knowledge of union affairs. Lazaro inherited from his mother the gift to grow anything GREEN. He loved the Earth and loved tending to it, which was made evident at every home he lived in, whether it be Albuquerque or Roswell.
Lazaro was the consummate outdoorsman. Raised hunting and fishing he continued until he could no longer walk the long miles he was accustomed to. Rather than resign, he continued to hunt from the passenger seat of his truck. On his last fishing trip, he out fished his brother and nephews — even though they had to bait his hook and set him up on a lakeside chair.
He will be sorely missed, but is now able to grow the most beautiful flowers in all of heaven. Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at Daniels Family Funeral Service Carlisle Chapel. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at the San Juan Mission Church at noon on Friday, Nov.15, 2013, in Lincoln. Interment will follow at the Lincoln Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests, if you so desire, a donation to your favorite charity. A special thanks to his caregiver, Connie Garza Aragon; the staff at Zia Home Healthcare and Hospice; and the staff from House Calls of New Mexico. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit danielsfuneral.com.
Daniels Family Funeral Services, 3113 Carlisle Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87110. 505-884-1188.