Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home & Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories Cemetery & Crematory
5701 Highway 277 South, Abilene, TX
Jose "Joe" M. Zarate
August 17, 1969 – September 20, 2019
Jose (Joe) M. Zarate, 50, went to be with our Lord Friday, September 20, 2019.
Service will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 11:00 AM in the chapel of Elliott Hamil Funeral Home 1507 Hwy. 277 S. Abilene, TX 79606. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4-8:00 PM with a prayer service at 6:00 PM also in the chapel of Elliott Hamil Funeral Home
Joe was born on August 17, 1969 in Hoopeston, Illinois. He graduated from Abilene High in 1987.
Joe is survived by his wife Nora who shared many years together; his children: April (Jerry), Manny (Liz), Anthony (Connie), Dominic (Precilla), Nathan (Daniela), Thomas, Diamond (Kevin), and Bobby (Crystal) all of Abilene; Tessie (Ricky), Angel and Avril of San Angelo, 23 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild; His Parents Bernie & Ester Martinez of Abilene and Father Heliodoro Zarate of Le Agura; Brothers: Frank Zarate, Eric (Linda), JR, Felipe (Sonja) and Adam of Abilene, Scott (Riena), PJ of Harlingen; Sisters: Becky and Myra of Abilene and Christina, Vianey (Jorge) and Sylvia (Jeff) of South Texas; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins; and a host of friends. He is preceded in death by his sister Naomi.
- Visitation Friday, September 27, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, September 28, 2019
Jose "Joe" M. Zarate
September 25, 2019
Our hearts and prayers go out to our family in this time of grief. Joe's passing has left our hearts broken and we too feel your pain. I remember seeing him recently and having the privilege of sitting with him one morning and we talked about so many things. Even during that hospital stay Joe was smiling and never showed any sign of giving up. He was anxious to get out and marry his beautiful wife and nothing was going to stop him! That is the memory I will keep with me as this was how he operated. Joe's love for his family and his positive attitude are who he always was. I'm honored and blessed to say I grew up with Joe and I will always love him like a brother. To tia Esther, tio Bernie and all his siblings...may the Lord's healing hands touch you and ease your suffering. Joe has gone home and is now with those that have gone before us. To his wife and kids, God bless you all and lift your spirits as you take comfort in the knowledge that Joe is now watching over you all...always. I love you all.
Rogelio Martinez Jr.