Victor Zaragoza

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Victor Zaragoza, 75, of Aurora, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family Sept. 6.
He was raised in Fort Lupton and attended Fort Lupton High School. He was a champion wrestler and athlete.
He enlisted in the Army during the Vietnam War and spoke proudly of his service.
His passion for psychology and education eventually led him to pursue a doctorate degree from the University of Northern Colorado in educational psychology, with which he graduated in 1987. His heart for social justice helped him use his education to care for those around him, including neighbors and the students he counseled.
He spent the majority of his career as a counselor in the Aurora Public School system at Gateway High School and Rangeview High School. After his retirement from the Aurora Public School system, his love for education and counseling urged him on to the Denver Public School system, where he helped more kids in under-privileged schools as they sought a higher education.
He was an avid golfer and loved to play with his brother, Ambrose, and his wife, Phyillis, as well as his nephew, Rick. He loved classic cars and enjoyed putting work into his Corvette and his son's Mustang.
He was never one to shy away from a political debate and enjoyed discussing the topic with others. He loved his family fiercely, always thinking of them and putting their needs first. He poured much of his heart into his son ensuring that he'd grow up successful in all aspects of his life.
Victor will be greatly missed by his son, Fletcher (Sarah) Zaragoza; his brothers, Julio Zaragoza and Ambrose (Phyllis) Zaragoza; his sisters, Phyllis Ramirez and Delfie Zaragoza; and many loving nieces and nephews.
His father, Cruz Zaragoza; his mother, Angelina (Betancourt) Zaragoza; and brothers John Zaragoza, José Zaragoza and Eulalio Zaragoza, preceded him in death.
Tabor-Rice Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

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Published in Brighton Standard Blade on Sept. 12, 2018
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