Edward J. McConnell

April 17, 1924December 2, 2018

Joel Tyler Zamorano was taken suddenly out of this life and into eternity with his Savior on the morning of November 15, 2018 in San Antonio, TX. He was born in Tucson, AZ on February 24, 1981 to Enrique Zamorano and Martha (Wilkin) Cole and was the oldest of 3 children. Joel enjoyed little league baseball and soccer as a child.

Joel attended Riverview Baptist Christian School and was number 11 on their varsity basketball team. He graduated as Salutatorian of his class in June of 1999.

After high school Joel went on to attend Hyles Anderson College in Schererville, IN. He majored in Biblical studies with a Minor in Mission work. He was also a member of First Baptist Church in Hammond, IN, where he enjoyed serving on the bus ministry and drove a Sunday School bus.

For the last 13 years Joel was employed as a long-haul truck driver. First for Schneider Trucking and later partnered with his father as owner/operator of their own truck company, in San Antonio.

In his spare time Joel enjoyed attending San Antonio Spurs games, going to movies, and riding wild roller coasters. Joel loved to explore other countries such as Bali Indonesia, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic.

Joel was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Delfino and Guadalupe (Ortiz) Zamorano and his maternal grandparents Ralph and Evelyn (Tyner) Wilkin.

He was survived by father Enrique Zamorano, mother and stepfather Bill and Marti (Wilkin) Cole, sisters Naomi (Zamorano) St. Laurent and Ruth (Zamorano) Voorhies and many uncles, aunts, and cousins who will miss him greatly.

Joel will be remembered most for his infectious smile, willingness to lend a helping hand, and generosity to anyone in need.

Celebration of Life Services will be held on Saturday December 8,2018 at 11:00 am at Keith and Keith Funeral Home, 902 W. Yakima Avenue, Yakima, WA 98902. Graveside service will be shortly afterwards Tahoma Cemetery in Yakima, WA.

In lieu of flowers or gifts please donate to Samaritan’s Purse in memory of Joel.


  • Kevin Koreis, Casket Bearer
  • Bob Koreis, Casket Bearer
  • Jason Brummet, Casket Bearer
  • Butch McConnell, Casket Bearer
  • Richard Schmidt, Casket Bearer
  • Gary Schmidt, Casket Bearer


10 December


10:00 am - 11:00 am

Langevin El Paraiso Funeral Home

1010 West Yakima Ave
Yakima, WA 98902

10 December

Graveside Service

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Calvary Cemetery

1405 S 24th Avenue
Yakima, WA 98902


Edward J. McConnell

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Teri Rehn

December 8, 2018

Bud used to visit with my Dad, Dale Connelly quite often. It was always a pleasure to see his car in our driveway because I knew when I went out to the shop to say hello I would hear "Hay Kid" from Bud. After all these years I still thought of him often as he was such a wonderful and caring person. Sending our prayers to your family for your loss.

Jan Reed

December 5, 2018

My husband shared the hospital room at memorial with Bud last week. We didn’t get to say goodbye but I enjoyed talking with Diane as we were both sitting long hours with our loved ones. Condolences to your family.