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Hector M. Zavaleta

February 20, 1943 — September 23, 2022

El Paso


Hector M. Zavaleta, age 79, entered into eternal rest on Friday, September 23, 2022 in El Paso, Texas. He was a wonderful son, husband, father, “Tito” and friend and will be greatly missed. Hector is preceded in death by his loving parents; Maria Consuelo and Pete Zavaleta Jr. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years; Gloria I. Zavaleta; his dearest children; Melissa Perez Zavaleta (Manuel Perez) and Hector A. Zavaleta (Cristina) and his wonderful grandchildren; Hector Andres Zavaleta, Alek Flavian, Lucia Zavaleta, Ryan Flavian and Drew Hector Flavian. He is also survived by many extended friends and family to cherish and honor his memory.

Hector was a proud graduate of Cathedral High School (’61, Outstanding Ex-Student), University of Texas at El Paso (’69) and St. Mary’s University School of Law (’72, outstanding Senior Award) and served the United States Marine Corps as a Corporal (’61-’64). 

Hector was licensed to practice law in 1972 in Texas, for the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court. He was appointed by Federal District Court Judge William S. Sessions (former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington D.C.) to serve on the Admissions Testing Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. Hector was also an Assistant Professor of Business Law at UTEP (’72-’77) and served as a Municipal Judge for the City of El Paso (’77-’81). Hector received the Presidential Citation Award from the State Bar of Texas in 2004, was recognized as an outstanding Senior Lawyer for the El Paso Bar Association in 2005, and was also notably named Mediator of the Year from the El Paso Bar Association in 2012. He has received many more accolades over the course of his life for his upmost integrity and professionalism.

He served his community as Director/President of the State Bar of Texas, El Paso Bar Association, El Paso Mexican-American Bar Association, El Paso Water Utilities Public Service Board, El Paso Zoological Society, Lighthouse for the Blind, El Paso Symphony Orchestra, El Paso Legal Assistance Society, and the El Paso Museum of Art. 

Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 10:30am at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 1551 Belvidere St., El Paso, Tx 79912. A Graveside Service will follow at 1:00pm at Fort Bliss National Cemetery, with Marine Honors. Those who cannot attend in person may join the funeral and memorial services virtually on Face book Live at

(no account is needed).

Services are entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home-West, 480 N. Resler Dr.

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Service Schedule

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Funeral Mass

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Starts at 10:30 am (Mountain time)

Queen of Peace Catholic Church

1551 Belvidere Street, El Paso, TX 79912

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Graveside Service

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Starts at 1:00 pm (Mountain time)

Fort Bliss National Cemetery

5200 Fred Wilson Ave, El Paso, TX 79906

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