Jesus M. Zamora
1928 - 2019
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Jesus M. Zamora

Phoenix - Jesus M Zamora passed away on April 18, 2019, at the age of 90. Jesus was born on June 30, 1928 in Wickenburg, AZ, where he was delivered by his Aunt Aristesea. He was an only child and grew up in Glendale, Arizona on Lamar Street. He was raised by his mother, Mercedes Montano Zamora and his maternal grandfather Jesus Peralta Montano. The front room of their residence was a Molino (Corn Grinder) for tortillas, where they also sold other Mexican food ingredients. He attended Glendale Grammar and High School. In 1945 during High School he ran a 4:36 mile. At that time, he was the 3rd fastest runner in the state of Arizona. In 1946, he attended Lamson Business School in downtown Phoenix where he learned accounting and other business skills. He was timed at typing 140 words per minute on a manual typewriter. One of his beliefs was hard work. Upon graduating from Lamson, he started his career in 1948 as a clerical worker for a freight trucking company. He worked there for over 42 years as it changed names from Alabam to ETMF to ABF. In addition, every year he would prepare the income tax forms for over 200 individuals. He also managed the accounting records for many small businesses over the years. In his "spare time," he built and managed, in conjunction with his mother, a small group of houses & apartments in Glendale adjacent to the adobe house where he grew up. In 1947, at a dance, he met the love of his life, Irene Ramirez, who lived on Grant St. in Phoenix. They would later attend Saturday night dances at the Riverside and Calderon Ballrooms in South Phoenix. They were married on March 11, 1951 at Immaculate Heart Church in Phoenix. On Nov. 1950 he was drafted into the Korean War. He proudly served in Korea as a Quartermaster Corporal with the 40th Infantry Division until his return to the US on Oct. 1952. Upon returning to Phoenix he returned to his previous job at the freight company. In 1957 he and his wife bought a house in Phoenix on Garfield Street, from Irene's Uncle Larry Carmargo. Along with his wife, they raised four children in this very loving and supportive household. Irene Zamora lived in the Garfield house until her passing on April 28, 2000 and Jesus until his health declined in 2014. His priorities were his family and providing for them. He also believed in helping his friends and income tax clients by providing advice on how to save money and "prepare for the rainy day". He was very proud of the fact that a few people took his advice and they became millionaires. He is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Irene R. Zamora; his mother, Mercedes M. Zamora; and many of his 40+ cousins who were previously living in California and Arizona. He is survived by his children, Joe Zamora, Ricardo (Rick) Zamora and wife Terry, Michael (Mike) Zamora and wife Karen, and Cathie Zamora. He leaves 8 adult grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and one expected great grandchild.

Visitation will be from 9:30 am - 10:30 am with a Rosary Prayer at 10:00 am and the Funeral Mass at 10:30 am on Monday, April 29, 2019 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1954 N. 24th St., Phoenix. Burial to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. There will be a reception in Donohoe Hall at the St. Agnes Church following the burial.

Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com






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Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 24, 2019.
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May 10, 2019
Hi Rick. I lost my dad at age 90 a few years ago. He was my best friend. I understand quite well how you feel. Sincerely, Phil Keyack
Phil Keyack
April 30, 2019
To Cathy, Mike, Ricky, and Joe-
I am sorry about your dad passing. He was a good man.
I will always remember your dad as someone that was kind and friendly to all of us.
When I think of integrity, I always think of your father.
My parents considered him and your mom to be really good friends.
We were lucky to have the Zamora's to grow up with and that would have never happened without your dad and mom.
May he rest in peace.

Sincerely and with love,

The Lugos
Rocky Lugo
April 29, 2019
Life as God created is Eternal. Spirit moves forward and lovingly leave footprints in our hearts. Rest In Peace. Dance with Irene, and look down and love all those left behind. xoxo Blessings.
Gina Zamora
April 28, 2019
To Mr. Zamora family,

Angie and I are deeply sadden upon hearing about the passing of your father. Mike often spoke of his devotion to his family when we were with Mike.

My memory of Mr. Zamora was one of respect and honor. Mr. A always had a warm welcome and a firm hand grip every time we met.

His service during the Korean War proved of his love for his country and has great respect from the both of us for his time in the Army.

We will miss Jesus, but will always keep his memory close to our hearts.

Gerry & Angie McDonald
GERALD MCDONALD
April 27, 2019
Cathie Zamora
Daughter
April 27, 2019
Cathie Zamora
Daughter
April 27, 2019
Cathie Zamora
Daughter
April 27, 2019
We remember Jesus and fondly called him "Uncle Jay" as he and "Aunt Irene" were family to us our parents and siblings. Jay was always positive, cordial and humble. He was a good friend and loving husband and father. He was part of the compadres who played cards and sang songs at the children's birthday parties. We will miss him. God bless you, Uncle Jay. Jim and Martha Draper
April 26, 2019
As a Minister of Care from Blessed Sacrament Parish I was my privilege to pray and bring Holy Communion to Jesus on Sundays. May he rest in peace.
Kathy Thieken
April 25, 2019
Jesus and Irene reunited......forever. Mom and Dad lovingly present with their children and grandchildren.
Mike and Sue Faz
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April 25, 2019
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A beautiful obituary for a special man! I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Zamora's passing and am praying for comfort for all his family during this difficult time. He will be greatly missed. I love you, Cathie!
Denise (Angulo) La Fave
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April 23, 2019
2017 Sandra and Tata
Mike Zamora
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2017 Dad/Tata w Family
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2001 10 Dad w Joe, Rick, Mike
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1999 Mom & Dad
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1998 Easter
Mike Zamora
Son
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1997 08 Sandra's Baptism w Tata
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1963 December Family Photo
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1951 Mom & Dad's Wedding
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1950 Mom and Dad
Mike Zamora
Son
April 23, 2019
I don't usually post photos anywhere. However when it is to pay tribute to a man: who has been instrumental in my life, who has shaped who I am, and who I admire as one of the hero's in my life, I feel it is appropriate to post the photos which help demonstrate the type of man he was. I love you dad, I just never said it to you enough. You will be very much missed. However I know that you are happy being with Mom, your soulmate for over 50 years. Your happiness is all that matters. Please give mom a hug from us and tell her we love her.
Mike.
Mike Zamora
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