Matias Zamora
1927 - 2019
BORN
1927
DIED
2019
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Santa Fe, NM
Matias Abelino Zamora



April 14, 1927 â€" September 1, 2019



From the courtroom to his family home, Matt was loved and respected by all. He had a passion for the law and a commitment to raise a family with strong values and dedication to making a difference. His love of life and the law translated into immense pride for his family and into joy and professionalism in practicing law. He kept the promise he made to his mother when he was 11 years old: "ser un hombre bueno" or "to be a good man."



Matias Abelino Zamora was born in Mora, NM, on April 14, 1927, to Jose Matias Zamora and Antonina Lucero Zamora, the youngest of five children (Adelia, Louis, Estevan, and Maclovia). His father, a school superintendent, encouraged Matt to help others in the community and emphasized the importance of education. In 1945 during World War II, Matt was drafted into the Army working as a military police officer in Germany and then as a member of counterintelligence where he became fluent in German and Russian, in addition to English and Spanish. Matt took advantage of the G.I. Bill to attend and graduate from New Mexico Highlands University. In Las Vegas, NM, he met the love of his life, the former Emeline Lujan, and they later married in Washington, D.C. in 1952.



In 1951, Matt attended Georgetown University School of Law in Washington, D.C. and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1954. In 1965, Governor Jack Campbell appointed him as a District Judge for the Fourth Judicial District. He was the first person born in Mora to be appointed to the bench in that district. Following his judicial appointment, Matt resumed his passion as a trial attorney, helping families throughout Northern New Mexico, until his retirement in 1993. He served on the Boards of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and was a founding member of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association. He was a dedicated board member of the Foundations for both St. Michael's High School and New Mexico Highlands University.



From playing golf, to playing cards, listening to mariachi music, fishing or reading Shakespeare and Edgar Allen Poe, Matt lived life through laughter, honesty, faith, respect for others, and integrity. He is now at peace and reunited with his son D. Diego Zamora, who predeceased him. Matt is survived by his wife Emeline and loyal dog Pepper," children Roseanna Gonzales (Gerard), Alonzo Zamora, Monica Zamora (Rick Crowell) and Geno Zamora (Sheila); grandchildren Enrico Gonzales, Andrea Garcia (Genaro), Stefan Crowell (Trish), Alex Crowell (Jaime), Matias A. Zamora II, Kelly Shea and Ryan Shea; and great-grandchildren Jacob and Jordan Garcia; Kyle, Austin and Emeline Crowell; Stevan Gallegos; Thomas and Bella Shea; daughters-in-law Bernadette Zamora and Beverley Zamora; nephew Walter Adams (Romie) and many cousins, nieces, nephews, endless friends and cherished colleagues.



The family would like to thank Brookdale Santa Fe, Open Arms Home Care, Ambercare Hospice Care, and his many care givers for their love and devotion, in particular Mildred Lopez. A special thank you to the Hermanos de la Morada del Alto in Abiquiu. Services will be held Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at the Cathedral Basilica in Santa Fe, Rosary at 10:00 a.m. and Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. with interment at the National Cemetery at 12:45 p.m.



In the spirit of Matt's generosity, contributions may be made in his name to the St. Michael's High School Foundation or the New Mexico Highlands University Foundation.

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Published by Albuquerque Journal on Sep. 8, 2019.
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Rosary
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11
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11
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Susan Harris
September 11, 2019
My deepest condolences to the family. Love & Prayers for you all.
Antoinette Patnode
September 10, 2019
He was my Great Uncle Matt and used to give me a quarter...every time I saw him at my grandma page's house when I was a kid back In the 70s....my daughter, Zamora Page, was named after both sides of this side of my family....i never realized his full story until reading his obituary....
Mark Page
September 10, 2019
Juli Salman
September 9, 2019
Deborah Grout
September 9, 2019
Dear Emilene, Rosanna, Lonnie, Monica and Geno,
I am so sorry for the loss of Matias. I have so many wonderful childhood memories together, visiting and taking the high road to Mora. Please take comfort in a life well led.
Love you all,
Jeanne
Jeanne Adelo
September 9, 2019
Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating..., Mr. Zamora always took the time for me and many others to mentor and share his sage wisdom toward leaning life.

Rest in the arms of angles Mr. Zamora - my sincere condolences to the entire Zamora family.
Tom Padilla
September 9, 2019
Charmaigne Gallegos Riehl
September 8, 2019
My prayers and condolences to the family of Matias Zamora. Take comfort in the fact that you now have a special guardian angel to watch over all of you. May God Bless
Lorraine (Pray) Hoisington
September 8, 2019
Lorraine (Pray) Hoisington
September 8, 2019
My deepest condolences to the Zamora family.
May the Lord Jesus give you peace and comfort during this time. You are all in my prayers.
Johanna Martinez
September 7, 2019
Our hearts and prayers reach out to the Zamora family. Matias was a dear friend and will always be remembered with love, laughter, and fond memories of time spent together.
Margo and Cynthia Nicholson
September 7, 2019
Much love, gratitude for being wonderful family, happy memories. Warmth and deep thoughts to Mayita & all the family from across the sea here in The Netherlands.
Colby Stuart
September 6, 2019
To you all - the family of Matias Abelino Zamora - sending you all prayers and love and heartfelt sympathy on losing your dear Matias. Am feeling your loss with deep deep sadness. Susan
Susan Harris
September 6, 2019
May Matias rest in peace and fly with the angels. I know Diego met him with open arms. Mat will be greatly missed. He as all the Zamora's have been a big part of my life as my siblings and parents and will be missed dearly. All my love Emeline and family.
Arlene Sweeney
September 6, 2019
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