Lawrence Anthony Zaladonis
June 30, 1921 – April 13, 2018
Lawrence Anthony Zaladonis died on April 13, 2018 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. He was born on June 30, 1921 in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Anthony and Helen Zaladonis. He lettered in football, basketball, and baseball while in high school. He enjoyed kayaking on the Hudson River and around Manhattan Island. After graduating he worked for Singer Manufacturing Company as a toolmaker apprentice until enlisting in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
During WWII he served as a Navy Seabee stationed at military bases in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, Oxnard, CA, and Longview, WA. where he worked on special assignments as a machinist and draftsman. After the war he was employed as a machine designer at Allis Chalmers Manufacturing Company and later the U.S. Naval Missile Base in Pt. Mugu, California. His training led him to Idaho Falls with his family in 1952 where he was employed with the Atomic Energy Commission. He worked in engineering and design on several nuclear reactor plant systems and in project engineering. His employment at "The Site" continued until his retirement in 1986. He was a member of the Society of Mechanical Engineers and was proud of his projects and several patents that he helped develop. He enjoyed solving design problems until the last years of his life.
While stationed in Longview, WA he met and married his wife of 67 years, Joyce Maxine Hudson. Together they raised 5 children. They loved to travel and spent summer vacations with their family along the Oregon coast. After his retirement Larry and Maxine traveled all around the United States in their motor home to visit friends and family and to see the country. They were active in the Good Samʼs Club and the Rolling Russets camping club. They also visited Europe.
Larry was a member of the Idaho Falls Catholic Community at Holy Rosary Church, school, and parish hall. He participated in various activities such as Boy Scouts and Cursillo. He is a past member of the Knights of Columbus. His hobbies included any project that utilized his building, drafting, & engineering skills and he especially enjoyed playing tennis with family and friends. He played tennis until he was 92 years old. Larry is survived by his daughter Joyce (Richard) Felter of San Antonio, TX, his sons Edward (Cheryl), Michael (Abigail), and Robert (Rachel) Zaladonis of Idaho Falls, 12 grandchildren and 10 great - grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Maxine, daughter Patricia Young, great granddaughter Carolyn, brothers Arthur and John, and nephew Joseph.
Larry was always gracious and charitable toward others. His family loved him and will miss him terribly. He will be remembered as a remarkable and talented man who brought out the best in people.
A rosary will be held at 6pm on April 20 at Buck Miller Hann Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held April 21 at 12pm at Holy Rosary Church. Condolences can be left at www.buckmillerhann.com
- Rosary Friday, April 20, 2018
- Funeral Mass Saturday, April 21, 2018
Lawrence Anthony Zaladonis
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April 20, 2018
Larry was always full of positive thoughts and a fun person to be around. He was our tennis HERO - simply amazing he played into his nineties!!! Our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family. Oren and Shauna
April 19, 2018
Dear Zaladonis family: We are so sorry to learn of your loss. We enjoyed meeting and talking with Lawrence at the Baptism and first communion of Alaina, Kianna and Julianna. He was a joy to know. 🙏🏻
Lawrence Miller and Carmen Dickson