Zoltan John Evaskovich passed away after a brief illness June 8, 2013, at La Posada-Mesilla Valley Hospice, in Las Cruces. He and his wife, Mildred, had just moved to Las Cruces after having lived in Alamogordo since 1957.
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Zoltan was born to Hungarian immigrants in New York City in a "cold-water flat" on March 22, 1918. He graduated from Dumont High School in Dumont, N.J., in 1936. He served in the U.S. Army from 1940 to 1945 in the 44th Signal Company.
Looking for a new adventure after the war, he moved to New Mexico in 1951 and purchased a jewelry store in Truth or Consequences. There he met the love of his life, Mildred Moir. They were married in Tucson, Ariz., in 1954. The couple enjoyed a western lifestyle of camping, jeeping, hunting and exploring the Southwest. They moved to Alamogordo in 1957, where Zoltan worked for Land-Air for 26 years, maintaining and deploying high-speed film cameras and instrumentation at Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range. After retiring in 1986, his life centered on his clock repair business and expanding his extensive collection of antique time pieces (not to mention kerosene lanterns, "one lunger" gas engines and any number of other things that struck his fancy).
Zoltan was a charter member of the National Association of Clock and Watch Collector's chapters in El Paso and Santa Fe. He was an avid reader who was interested in local history and was a member of local historical societies. With his wife Mildred, Zoltan traveled to distant corners of America and Europe, attending educational Elderhostels. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church since 1957.
Zoltan was predeceased by his parents John and Vilma Macsoran Evaskovich, brother Alex and sister Eleanor. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mildred Evaskovich; son John Evaskovich and granddaughters Audrey and Anya of Salida, of Colorado; daughter Barbara Ericson, her husband, Jim, and grandchildren Chris and Emily Ericson, of Las Cruces; and grandson Aaron Ettinger, of Orlando, Fla.
Zoltan had an extraordinarily gentle and kind spirit, and will leave a huge hole in our lives but will forever live in our hearts.
A private military burial was held at Fort Bayard National Cemetery. He was honored to have many friends, some life-long, others new, all of whom are invited to celebrate his life at 10:30 a.m. June 29, 2013, at Grace United Methodist Church in Alamogordo.
Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Mesilla Valley Hospice, 299 E. Montana, Las Cruces, NM 88005, so that they may continue their compassionate work.
Service arrangements entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, 300 E. Boutz Rd., Las Cruces. 575-527-2222. Your exclusive provider for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care." For online condolences logon to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 23 to June 30, 2013