Antonio “Tony” Zapata Mares, 79, a Parkdale, Ore., resident, died Sept. 10, 2009, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.
Dressing and viewing will be Friday, Sept. 11, at 3 p.m. at the Independent Indian Shaker Church in White Swan, Wash. Burial will be Saturday, Sept. 12, at 8 a.m. at the Yesmowit Cemetery in White Swan, Wash.
Antonio was born June 3, 1930, in Brawley, Calif., to Renaldo Zapata and Emilia Mares. He was the youngest of 13 children. He was raised and educated in California and then moved to Toppenish, Wash.
In 1958 he and Rosalyn Sam were married in Nevada. Tony worked most of his life on the traveling gang of the railroad (Southern Pacific Railroad which is now Union Pacific). He retired in 1985.
Following his retirement he resided in Portland and Vancouver, coming to Hood River in 2002.
Tony enjoyed traveling, visiting family, hunting, walks and picking berries. He also enjoyed reminiscing and sharing stories of his life with family and friends.
Tony enjoyed walking and it was during these walks that he would collect friends — he would stop and talk and befriend whomever his path crossed.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, Raymond Mares and Antonio Mares Jr.
Tony is survived by five daughters, Lorraine, Elizabeth, Virginia, Emilia and Shirley Mares. Twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren also survive.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to sign the family guest book.
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