Michael "Zoomer" ZENONE

Zoomer passed away peacefully at home with his wife by his side on February 5, 2013. He fought a long and courageous battle against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) since 2010. During his illness Zoomer kept a positive attitude, never lost his "Zoomer Humor." He became an inspiration and incentive for all of us to deal with the hand that we are dealt. In Zoomer's words "I really can't get angry, that wouldn't accomplish anything. It is what it is!" His "Zoomer Humor" kept him going and connected. In fact, just three days before his passing he was still sending out jokes, stories and pictures to his long list of friends and family. Zoomer is survived by his wife and soul mate, of nearly 25 years, Carol Keating of Petaluma. Zoomer was a Military Brat destined to follow in his father's footsteps, to serve his country. After he graduated from Rancho Cordova High School in CA, he joined the Coast Guard. He was devoted to the Coast Guard; it was his life and passion. After more than 26 years in the Coast Guard he retired in May 1995. Zoomer remained connected to his Coastie friends around the world. After retiring he became involved in local Petaluma politics. He joined the team at V. Dolan Trucking where he worked another 16 years, until his illness. Zoomer was an avid sports fan and the NFL 49ers was his favorite team. He loved college football, baseball, "SF Giants", NASCAR, good wine, food, friends, family and music, especially country, blues and jazz. He loved the saxophone and was surprised when his wife gave him a saxophone for his 50th birthday. You could always count on Zoomer to help you out in a bind. Gatherings at Carol and Zoomers' were a regular event during football season and cookouts during the summer. He entertained, embarrassed and annoyed us with his constant "Zoomer Humor." We will cherish his sense of humor and how he laughed heartedly at his own jokes. Friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life at the VFW Hall at 1094 Petaluma Blvd South in Petaluma California on Saturday, March 9 at 1:00 p.m. Please bring stories and pictures to share with his friends and family.

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4, 2013