Tony Lama, Jr. was born in El Paso, Texas, on August 31, 1931. Tony graduated from El Paso High School in 1950, where he was an All District football player. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM in 1950 and 1951 and graduated from Texas Western College in 1954. He served in the US Army and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant. Tony was a natural in the boot business and under his leadership Tony Lama boots became a world renowned name. His custom boots were worn by many U.S. presidents and celebrities. Tony served on numerous boards and was civically active in El Paso throughout his life, receiving numerous honors including the Sun Country Section PGA Amateur of the Year Award, Humanitarian of the Year Award from national Jewish Hospital and Research Center, and recognition awards from the National Shrine Hospitals for crippled and burned children. His life was inspirational and touched many. He is survived by his wife Patricia Lama, Melissa Lama, Catherine and Craig Hyatt, Steven and Molly Lama, Stuart and Dannah Meyers, Mark and Dori Fenenbock, and Dawn Keim. Tony had an unfailing sense of humor and ongoing optimism that will be missed by all those whose life is made richer by knowing him. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of El Paso in honor of Tony Lama. (www.hospiceelpaso.org/donations) A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 1:00 PM at St. Matthews Catholic Church, 400 West Sunset, El Paso, Texas 79912. Inurnment will be private by family. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West, 128 N. Resler Dr., El Paso, Texas 79912. www.MartinFuneralHomeWest.com
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Published in El Paso Times from Dec. 10 to Dec. 17, 2012