Zariel G. Tyson, 90 years old was born in Plant City, Florida on September 8, 1922. Zariel passed away September 25, 2012.
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Zariel, often known as Zac, served in the Navy during World War II. After returning from the war, he married Lois Clardy of Zephyrhills, FL. They moved to Gainesville, FL, where he earned his master's degree for Agriculture engineering and a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Florida.
After graduating, Zariel and Lois moved to Las Cruces, NM. Zariel was on the staff at New Mexico State University for 10 years. During that time he was a member of a team sent to Pakistan on a 2 year project to establish a university. He moved with his wife and his 1 year old daughter. After returning to the United States, he joined the Agency of International Development, a division of the State Department and his son was born. His first post assignment was to the newly independent nation of Sudan. His soil conservation projects and irrigation schemes help the growing nation feed their people and develop a crop to export. They were very successful and he was reassigned to Sudan for four tours which totaled nine years.
The 6 day war between Egypt an Israel broke the relationship between Sudan and the United States. Because of his tenure there, he was asked to stay and help faciliate the evacuation to the Americans and close to embassy. His next post was to Nigeria. After 2 years in Lagos, he moved north to the Zaria and Samaru area for 3 years to more intensively work on the sub-Saharan projects. Zariel was then posted to Washington DC for a year. During that time, he was sent to TDY to South Africa, Swaziland, and Lesotho to do feasibility studies for their water management. Zariel was then posted to Afghanistan. After 5 years of successfully building projects, the turmoil began and Zariel decided that it was a good time to retire.
After 22 years of dedication to helping other nations develop their agricultural needs he returned to Las Cruces, NM and built his retirement home. He and his wife Lois then moved to Sun City, AZ to be closer to their children. He has enjoyed all that Sun City has to offer and was proud to be the tour guide for all that visited. He especially enjoyed the work working shop at the Fairway recreation facility.
Zariel is predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Lois C. Tyson. He is survived by daughter, Beverly Tyson of Scottsdale; son, David Tyson of Scottsdale; granddaughter, Chelsea Tyson of Illinois; great-grandson, Liam; and his favorite niece, Sheryl Jones.
Zariel requests his friends and family send donations in his memory to
, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, Arizona 85014. Zariel's family sends deepest gratitude to
for all their care with our dearest Zariel.
Visitation will be on Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 9:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Best Funeral Home, 9380 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, AZ 85345. Military Honors to be held same day at 1:00 P.M. at National Memorial Cemetery, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ.
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Published in Daily News-Sun on Sept. 27, 2012