Mr. Zapata was a Texas A&M University 1965 graduate. He served in the U.S. Air Force, worked in Austin for the Texas Department of Health from 1970-1997 and was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Aurora Hernandez Zapata and Manuel B. Zapata.
Survivors include his wife, Jan Zapata; two daughters, Lucy Hansen of Pottsboro and Debbie Zapata-Gerstein of Austin; four grandchildren, Jill Hansen, Carl Hansen, Adam Gerstein and Sarah Gerstein; son-in-law, Ira Gerstein; six sisters, Lupita Alcala, Librada Guevara, Maria Rivas and Carmen Hill, all of Beeville, Connie Garcia of Houston and Mary Alice Hernandez of Corpus Christi; brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.
A viewing was held at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, followed by rosary and memorial service at 7 o’clock at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home in Lakeway.
The funeral Mass and service was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Emmaus Catholic Parish in Lakeway. Burial followed at 1 o’clock that afternoon at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ruby’s Rainbow (www.rubysrainbow.org). A guestbook is available to sign online at www.wcfish.com.
Arrangements were under the direction of Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, Lakeway.