“Lolly” Vidal Zamora, 57, saw his last sunrise on Friday, February 1, 2019, with his family and loved ones at his side. On this day, God needed a homerun hitter in the lineup and put “Lolly” in the game. He peacefully took his homerun trot into God’s kingdom with arms held wide open to happily greet and hug his Lord and Savior. Please take a moment and share a fond memory or kind expression of sympathy for “Lolly’s” family at www.andersonbethany.com.
Services: Memorial services will begin with a viewing at St Peter’s Catholic Church, 111 E. Deming, Roswell, NM, on Thursday, February 7, 2019, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. A rosary and Celebration of Life Service will begin at 11:00 AM, with a graveside service to follow at General Douglas L. McBride Veterans Cemetery adjacent to South Park Cemetery.
“Lolly” was born October 30, 1961, in Roswell, NM, to Grace Zamora Gutierrez and William “Willie” Gutierrez. As a youth, “Lolly” excelled in many of the athletic sports he participated in and was considered a phenome by area coaches and athletic officials. The Boys Club of Roswell offered him many sporting and social activities to help develop and mold his interests. Eventually, “Lolly” focused on baseball and football – where he would become known as the “Homerun King of Eastside” and the “Hindenberg” on the football line of scrimmage. He carried his successful athletic achievements into high school graduating from Roswell High School in 1979, as an outstanding baseball player.
Upon graduation, “Lolly” enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and retired at the rank of Staff Sergeant with a specialty in personnel management. He received the following honors: Navy Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Medal, Navy Unit Commendation w/2*, Meritorious Unit Commendation w/3*, Good Conduct Medal w/4*, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Meritorious Mast (3), Certificate of Commendation, Certificate of Appreciation (2), Letter of Appreciation (8), Desert Storm/Desert Shield Medal.
Shortly after enlistment in the Marine Corps, “Lolly” proposed to and married his high school sweetheart, Sandra Carrillo. Together they traveled the world and country as they moved to locations in California, Arizona, North Carolina, and Japan. During their time as a service family, “Lolly” and Sandra were blessed with two wonderful children: son, Jason Zamora; and daughter, Jennifer Zamora.
When “Lolly” retired from the US military, he and his family returned home to Roswell, NM, where he held various positions in financial advising, sales, and human resources. While attending ENMU-R, he also served as a baseball coach at Roswell High School and NMMI. “Lolly’s” passion for serving the youth of the community led him to volunteer as a coach or board member for such organizations as the Boys and Girls Club, Eastside Little League, National Youth Sports Association, National Federation of State High School Association, Character Counts, and Hit, Pitch and Run contest. Most important to him was his sense of fair play and opportunity for all youth to pursue their dreams in life through athletics, that was what prompted “Lolly” to become involved and dedicated to a call to professional officiating and fair play. He was a member of the New Mexico Activities Association, the New Mexico Officials Association, and a Triple Play Umpire for NAIA Junior Colleges, and NCAA.
During “Lolly’s” commitment to his community he served as Hispano Chamber of Commerce Interim Director, was a Leadership Roswell participant, and currently was serving as Roswell Sertoma Club — Secretary, Mt. West Regional Sertoma — Governor, and founding member of the Caring for All Foundation.
Preceded: Preceding “Lolly” to glory were his parents, William “Willie” Gutierrez and Grace Zamora Gutierrez; brothers: Francisco Trujillo, Michael Zamora, Paul Zamora; and grandparents, Vidal and Rita Zamora of Lincoln, NM.
Survivors: Those left to cherish “Lolly’s” memory are his loving wife, Sandra Carrillo Zamora; son, Jason Zamora; daughter, Jennifer Zamora; grandson, Kian Murray; sisters, Lynn Zamora and Leta Faye Quesada; Tias: Presiliana Sisneros, Arsenia Flores, Mary Helen Zamora, Theresa Matta and husband Armando; nieces: January Zamora, Patricia Salas, Joy Butler, Jennine Sena, Nicolette Quesada, Aundrea Torrero and husband Alberto, Kristiiana Zamora, Elizabeth Zamora; nephews, James Salas Jr. and Paul Zamora Jr.; twenty-two great nieces and nephews; four great-great-nieces and nephews; numerous cousins; and the numerous loving members of the Carrillo and Velasquez families.
Pallbearers: Serving as pallbearers will be: Arthur “Bull” Torrez, Tony Garcia, Roy Romero, Darrell Johnson, Ernesto Fresquez, and Louie Mestas.
Honorary Pallbearers: Serving as honorary pallbearers are all his Officiating Brothers and Sisters
A Letter from Heaven
When tomorrow starts without me,
and I’m not here to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me,
I wish you wouldn’t cry the way you did today.
While thinking of the many things
we did not get to say.
I know how much you love me
as much as I love you,
and each time that you think of me,
I know you will
miss me too.
When tomorrow starts without me
Don’t think we’re
For every time you
think of me,
I’m right here
in your heart.
Our Gratitude: The Zamora family would like to thank all of the staff and caring angels at ENMMC, Mission Arch, Dr. Martinez, Dr. Alkhouri, Dr. Tony, and numerous friends and family that came from close and afar, who so lovingly provided assistance, kind words and prayers during Lollyts courageous battle to recover from his earthly slumber, yet still, by God’s Grace, he made it through to his new and everlasting life in Heaven. We are forever thankful for your support and love.
Following the burial, please join us for a reception to be held at Roswell Sertoma Club, 303 N. Virginia, Roswell, NM.
“Lolly’s” tribute was lovingly written in his honor by his family.