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William Joseph Zamar

Posted 2013-10-30 by Pat Wilson
William Joseph Zamar, 89, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on December 27, 2005.

He was born July 29, 1916 in Jerome, Arizona to Frank and Josephine Zamar.

He graduated from Jerome High School and the U of A where he was vice-president of the student body, president of Cochise Hall, (student), member of the Board of Regents. He won many oratorial contests. In 1935 he won the State "Arizona Oratorial Contest on the U.S. Constitution." He was a journalist for the Verde Copper News and Arizona Republic and Gazette. He was very active in Northern Arizona politics.

He was in charge of the W.P.A. for the Verde Valley. During that time the first bridge in Pages Springs, AZ was installed and also the Tutziguut Museum was started. He worked for the AZ Highway Dept. He was on the test crew of the B24 airplanes off the assembly line of Consolidated Aircraft. He trained the first crew of mechanics to go overseas during WW II. He was a member of Southern California Union Local #507 for 59 1/2 years.

He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish, lifetime member of the Elks BPOE Lodge #1361, and Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1449 in Clarkdale, AZ. He traveled every state of the union and was known as a fabulous story teller (all fiction). He loved sports and played on the Northern AZ American League Team. He loved to read, loved the outdoors and gardening and always doing for others.

Bill is survived by his wife Geraldine. He is also survived by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sister.

Rosary was at Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N. 7th St. Mass was Tuesday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 N. Central Ave. Interment followed at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements by Hansen Mortuary.

Published in The Arizona Republic on 1/1/2006.

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