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Ernest A Zavala

Born: Wed., Oct. 23, 1957
Died: Sat., Jan. 21, 2017


Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Feb. 11, 2017
Location: Shiloh Christian Ministries


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Ernest A. Zavala, 59, beloved son, husband, father, brother, uncle and friend died on January 21, 2017.

Ernie was known for his unwavering Christian faith, his loyalty and love for his family and friends, and his quick wit and sense of humor. At an early age John Wayne, who visited the Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee, fascinated him. Thus Ernie began an extensive collection of John Wayne memora Many times he forced his siblings to watch John Wayne movies with him. Only the threat of watching the Lawrence Welk show made his siblings sit still. Ernie and his family moved to Hereford in 2001 from Scottsdale where for many years he was a member of the Scottsdale Jaycees. There he helped raise funds for the club charities and helped plan many of its events.

One of his proudest moments was when he rode on horseback in the club Parada del Sol parade. Ernie jobs included working at Phelps Dodge Mercantile in Morenci, Arizona. He also worked in the Phoenix area as a painter, landscaper and maintenance man. When he moved to Hereford, Ernie worked for the City of Sierra Vista Parks and Recreation Department. He spent many hours volunteering and helping to raise funds for Palominas Elementary School where his daughter Allie was a student.

Ernie was a member of Shiloh Christian Ministries and served as an usher. Ernie was born October 23, 1957 at Copper Queen Hospital in Bisbee, Arizona. He attended St. Patrick School and graduated from Bisbee High School in 1976. He studied Criminal Justice at Cochise College and always dreamed of being a Cochise County Sheriff Deputy.

Ernie was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Amanda Zavala, and by his niece Monica. He is survived by his wife, Sandra, daughters Allison Zavala and Crystal Risner and her husband Nick, grandsons Truet Castro and Leighton Reid Risner, siblings, Adriana Badal and her husband John, Frank Zavala and his wife Tina, Amanda Morales and her husband David, and Robert Zavala, step-mother Carmen Ramirez, step-siblings, Sadie and Victor Maestas, Mary Clemons and David Ayala, and by nieces and nephews, Catherine Nicolaou, Davina Dryden, Franco, Rhegan, Averi and Bobby Zavala, Jacob and Alicia Morales, and Maria Matty.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Shiloh Christian Ministries at 1519 Avenida del Sol, Sierra Vista on February 11 at 11 am.

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Marie Pyeatt
   Posted Fri January 27, 2017
I am saddened at reading this. However, I know that it has been a long and difficult fight for him for a lot of years. I hope that you can find some comfort in knowing that he is in a better place now. He has no more pain and suffering. I know there is an emptiness in your hearts at this time. Please let God be with you comfort you. He will, you know. You are in my prayers.

Marie Pyeatt

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