Anthony John Zuniga
November 20, 1935-August 20, 2018
Anthony John Zuniga was born in Corcoran, California on November 20, 1935. He passed away in Visalia, California August 20, 2018 at the age of 82.
Anthony grew up in Corcoran and attended all Corcoran Schools; Graduating from Corcoran High School class of 1954. He attended College of the Sequoias, graduated and then went into the United States Air Force for four years. While in the Air Force he met and married his lovely bride JoAnn Powell Zuniga in 1959. While in the Air Force they started their family. They were blessed with 3 sons, Mark, Kris and Kenan. When Tony got out of the Air Force, he continued his education at Fresno State earning his Bachelor's Degree with a Major in Music and Minor in Spanish. His first job was at San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno. While teaching he also played the Trombone with the Fresno Philharmonic.
In 1969 he moved back to Corcoran where he taught Band and Music Appreciation, Life Decisions and Spanish I. He also worked with the Migrant Education Program. During his time at Corcoran High School, he went back to school at Cal State Bakersfield where he received his Master's in School Administration. One of the highlights of the school year for the band was to attend the East West Shrine game in San Francisco. He retired from teaching after 25 years.
Upon retiring from the School District, Anthony started of Corcoran's first at your home car wash & detail service. “Mr. Z's Executive Porta-Car Wash”. When asked why? He said “It is very relaxing and cars don't talk back.”
Anthony sang with the Fresno Master Chorale for 2 years prior to his passing. Last year he went to Spain with them, being selected for the Master Chorale and being able to perform with them was a life dream. It was the last thing he had on his “Bucket List”. He was so proud when he was told that he made it.
He was a very active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. He worked as office manager for 20 years. He led the Choir, was very active in many Church activities including fund raisers, putting trees up for the holidays, he even taught classes at religious education and assisted the parish in Alpaugh. He cherished spending time with his grandchildren during the holiday season, putting the tree up and making sure each light outside was perfect. He also enjoyed his dog Holly, the many days sitting out under the tree in his yard. He loved planting his flowers every season. He especially loved to go over to his sister Mary's house to have lunch with her.
Tony was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, mentor and friend. Above all He loved his God. He was very devoted during his lifetime to the church. Anthony was funny, loving and kind. He was also a wonderful Godfather. He took that job very seriously. Always making time for questions or uplifting. We will all miss Anthony and remember what a great example he was and what a wonderful man he was. His accomplishments were out of this world. But mostly he will be remembered by family and friends for his love and kindness. He will truly be missed.
Anthony is survived by his wife JoAnn, sons Mark and wife Claudia, Kris and wife Kelly and Kenan and Fiancee Louise. He is also survived by siblings Mary Moreno, Carmen Alberts and Gerald; 7 grandchildren Kaila, Kimberlee, Kristen, Kendra, Rian, Delaney and Greyson. He also leaves 5 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held at Bledsoe Family People's Funeral Chapel Tuesday, August 28, 2018 from 3pm to 6pm. Rosary will be recited at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church at 7pm Tuesday. Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at the church at 10:00am. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Hanford. Donations may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Religious Education Department, 1404 Hanna Ave., Corcoran, CA 93212.