Tony Edward Lama

August 31, 1931December 7, 2012

Tony Edward Lama, Jr. was born in El Paso, Texas, on August 31, 1931. Tony graduated from El Paso High School in 1950, where he was an All District football player. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM in 1950 and 1951 and graduated from Texas Western College in 1954. He served in the US Army and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant. Tony was a natural in the boot business and under his leadership Tony Lama boots became a world renowned name. His custom boots were worn by many U.S. presidents and celebrities. Tony served on numerous boards and was civically active in El Paso throughout his life, receiving numerous honors including the Sun Country Section PGA Amateur of the Year Award, Humanitarian of the Year Award from national Jewish Hospital and Research Center, and recognition awards from the National Shrine Hospitals for crippled and burned children. His life was inspirational and touched many. He is survived by his wife Patricia Lama, Melissa Lama, Catherine and Craig Hyatt, Steven and Molly Lama, Stuart and Dannah Meyers, Mark and Dori Fenenbock, and Dawn Keim. Tony had an unfailing sense of humor and ongoing optimism that will be missed by all those whose life is made richer by knowing him. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of El Paso in honor of Tony Lama. ( A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 1:00 PM at St. Matthews Catholic Church, 400 West Sunset, El Paso, Texas 79912. Inurnment will be private by family. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West, 128 N. Resler Dr., El Paso, Texas 79912.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, December 13, 2012

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Joe Olivieri

December 18, 2013

God Bless You and Your Family Tony. I grew up in El Paso, and like Tony, was an Italian Immigrant's Son. My first pair of boots were Tony Lama's, and that's all I have worn. Great Family, Great Boots, Great Heritage. What a Wonderful Legacy.

May you Rest in Peace, and Remain in the Light of god for Eternity,

Gene Burkett

December 22, 2012

I served as Tony Lama's Chief Financial officer in the late 1980's and thus worked very closely with him. He was an honorable man and he did much to enrich the lives of others. God Speed Tony!

Betty Overton

December 20, 2012

I am so sad to know that Tony has passed - a world without Tony and Judy in it leaves us all a little sadder. I was blessed to work with Tony and Judy up until 1990 and have missed them ever since. Everyday working at Tony Lama Boot Company was an adventure! My condelences to Catharine and Steve who I had the pleasure of knowing.

Douglas Krohn

December 19, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very hard time. I only have fond memories of the time knew him. Please accept my condolences.

Charlie Moran

December 17, 2012

May this candle always shine
RIP Mr & Mrs Tony Lama Sr., Mr & Mrs Bert Lama, Louis Lama, Teresa Lama, Rudy Lama. Judy and Tony Jr.

Charlie "Chulanga" Moran

December 17, 2012

Boss, you are gone but will never be forgotten. Thank you for all the special years we spent together. My prayers are with the Lama family
Tony Jr. RIP

Daniel Ebert

December 16, 2012

Tony Lama, a family man, a businessman, a great golfer, and a great person - close friends with my family and the husband of my sister, Judy, for many years, will be deeply missed and long remembered by the Ebert Family. Daniel (Butch) Ebert, Forest Lake, Minnesota

Lisa Peterson

December 15, 2012

I admired his strength, wisdom, sense of humor and kindness. He was an inspiration to me growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with the Lama family at this time.

Fred Aikman

December 15, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Rogelio Ordonez

December 14, 2012

My deepest & most heartfelt condolences to the Lama's!
Father in heaven , thank you for hearing my prayer. Father i pray for your holy spirit to be with each heart of the Lama's family ! For your peace Father to be with each one of them in this time of adjustment & transition.
Thank you Lord, Amen