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Memorial Oaks Funeral Home & Cemetery

13001 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Marco Antonio Zarate

October 2, 1963July 12, 2016
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Marco Antonio Zarate passed away July 12, 2016 in the line of duty at the age of 52 in Houston, Texas. He was born on the Northside of Houston on October 2, 1963. He served in the Motorcycle Unit of the Bellaire Police Department and in the United States Marine Corp. Marco was appointed as a Bellaire Police Officer on May 26, 2009 by Chief of Police Randall Mack and was sworn in by Judge Lisa Wesley on May 27, 2009. During his career with the Bellaire Police Department, Marco was assigned over 15,000 calls for service and issued citations for 8,954 violations. He investigated over 600 motor vehicles accidents and completed 218 offense reports. Marco made 431 arrests, 118 of which were charges in Harris County Courts. Marco leaves behind a family that adored him; who he loved and cared for deeply. He is survived by his wife Cecilia; three daughters, Meghan, Miah, and Mayah; parents Cristina Jamaux and Marco Zarate Sr.; step-parents JC Jamaux and Soccoro Zarate; parents-in-law Enrique and Betty Ponce; younger sisters Maggie Zarate, Cynthia Tamez, and Yvonne Zarate; nieces Alexis, Aliza, and Pilar; nephews Eric, Christian, Jonathan, and Abel; and brothers-in-law Mike Cavazos, Raul Rodriguez and Guillermo Ponce. Marco instantly found passion when he began his career in law enforcement. Through his work, he was able to touch an entire community with his warmth, love and kindness. He has served as Defense Tactics Instructor, Fitness Coordinator, and participated in numerous applicant fitness assessments. He has received 13 Letters of Commendations and his performance evaluations contain numerous complimentary letters from citizens. He has been awarded the following: Uniform Commendations Bicycle, Military Commendation (USMC), Honor Guard, and Physical Fitness. He volunteered with the Special Olympics annually and was an active member in the Thin Blue Line motorcycle police community. He valued health and wellness and earned his second-degree black belt in Karate. His family and friends will remember him always for his infectious sense of humor, unwavering dependability, and the endless supply of love he provided. The family will receive family and friends on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX. Visitation will be from 12:00PM – 7:00PM; scripture service will be at 3:00PM followed by Words of Remembrance. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 18, 2016 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway at 2:00PM; burial to follow at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, July 17, 2016
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 18, 2016

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Rodriguez Family

August 16, 2016

It was by the grace of GOD that we were fortunate enough to move to the same street as the Zarate's, first we were neighbors, then we became Friends that turned into to Family, Our families grew to know each other and we loved the relationship that we shared. From weekend BBQ's, days at the pool, evenings of talk and cheers. Every major event that impacted our lives, from Birthday's, Holiday's, Graduations and Anniversary's, he was there; he was a part of our lives, and our memories. Our boys loved Marco and truly looked up to him as their Hero. Marco's sincere smile, unique sense of humor, and genuine love for others, attracted our family to him immediately and continued to do so over the years. He always let our sons sit on his motorcycle or in his squad card and enjoyed when Marco would put on the lights and siren. :) He was a proud Patriot and Marine Veteran for our great country. Selfless, Loving, Big-Hearted, Dedicated, Honorable, Great Father, Wonderful Friend, and Brother...are words that only begin to describe Marco. I cannot begin to describe what the loss of Marco means to me and my family, but also to the community and his friends. I can only hope that through the mourning, we can all take time to celebrate the joy and happiness that Marco brought to us all.

Monica Leignadier

August 10, 2016

Continue to remember the family in my prayers, thank you God for sharing Marco with us. Please hold him close to you in heaven.

Ceci sending you and the girls and the rest of the family hugs.

Rae Girdler

August 9, 2016

My son worked for a short time at Bellaire PD, Officer Zarate trained him for a portion of his training period. He now works for another department and credits Officer Zarate for the knowledge and experience he shared with him. Never treated the young rookie with anything except respect. Fine upstanding man and officer may he rest in peace. May God's comfort surround his wife and children.

felicia perry

July 24, 2016

Thank you for being my angel* On Jan 21 2016, I was 6months pregnant and bleeding. I left my job to speed to the southwest Hermann Memorial Hospital. I was pulled over by Officer Zarate for speeding and once he realized my situation, he demanded I calm down and wait for an ambulance. Within a few minutes, I was rushed to the labor and delivery. "All is well", officer Zarate. He drove my Jeep to the HCC lot and parked my vehicle there and not once cited me or towed my vehicle. Once I was released from the hospital, my mother handed me a card she had received from the Bellaire Police Department while retrieving my keys. I NEVER got to THANK OFFICER ZARATE. I kept telling myself to wait until my baby turned 2 months (after my baby received his first shots) to bring Officer Zarate a cake, card, and my 2 months old babyboy for a picture. Unfortunately, I was a little too late. My son's doctor's appointment was on July 12 at 1030 am. My heart is shattered by this devastating event. May GOD place peace within your soul and your loved ones souls. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING MY ANGEL OFFICER ZARATE!!!!! SALUTE TO YOU SIR!

July 23, 2016

God bless the zarate family and the bellaire police department.
Thank you officer zarate for your devotion to your family and all the residents of bellaire texas
God bless

July 18, 2016

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Officer Zarate. It is our prayer that God will grant you peace and strength during this time of sorrow. You have our deepest sympathy.

Deryl and Glenda Banks

Vickey Hulsey

July 18, 2016

So sorry for your loss he was always there if you needed him and I pray for the Bellaire police department that everyday God will bless you all .

Sharlana Jackson

July 18, 2016

To Maggie and the entire Zarate Family,

You have my deepest condolences. I am praying that God gives you strength to deal with this loss. No words can truly express how I feel. I remember your brother. He was a really nice person. Always in my thoughts and prayers.


Sharlana Jackson

Monica Leignadier

July 18, 2016

We stand by you as you and your family during this time. May the peace of our Saviour serve to heal your pain. He was a wonderful individual and will be greatly missed.

Kendall Koopmann

July 18, 2016

He was a special person. He was one of our traffic officers during evening hours for our Building. Every time I had the opportunity to speak with him, he was always upbeat and centered on doing the right thing. He felt like we were all brothers in the eyes of God. Our hearts go out to your family and friends. Be at peace

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