Elijio Zapata

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Elijio Zapata, 57, of Amarillo, passed away January 11, 2024.  He was born March 26, 1966, in Lubbock to Francisco Javier Barbosa Zapata and Jesusita “Susie” Sosa.

Elijio was an amazing son, father and grandfather.  He was the life of the party, always on the go!  You could hear his voice in a crowd of people.  He had no filter!  He would do anything for anyone in need.   He loved going fishing.  Wherever he was visiting his family, he loved “cleaning-up.”  Elijio was a die-hard Cowboy fan.  Tailgating with him was always a blast.  He loved grilling and everyone enjoyed his poppers and chicken legs.

Elijio was a carpenter for over twenty years.  He was a residential and commercial framer.  His children say, “he was the boss at work, and at home!”

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)

He was preceded in death by his mother, Susie Sosa; grandparents, Maria Garnica, Martin Sosa, and a daughter, Aletha Rose.

He is survived by his wife of sixteen years, Angie Zapata; his children, Elijio Christopher Zapata, Marqus Leonardo Zapata, and Hector Rolando Zapata and wife Jade, and Alysia Alvarado; his stepchildren, Crystal Perez, Ike Perez, Victoria Elizardo, C.J. Perez, and Erica Perez; his siblings, Teresa Chavez, Angela Miller, Francisco Zapata, Jr., Jessica Hernandez, and Nidia Zapata.  He is also survived by his precious grandchildren, Jasmine, Hector, Trey, Aaron, Ike, Jr., Izais, Aniya, Isis, Jada, Javeon, Mya, Genesis, Ezekiel, Jaylene, Esmarie, Gabriel, Jr., and Solei.

The family will receive visitors this Saturday, January 13, 2024, from 12:30-7:00 p.m. at Lighthouse Funeral Chapel, 3707 Wolflin Ave. in Amarillo.

A Funeral Service will be held to honor Elijio’s life on Sunday, January 14, 2024, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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  1. Chris

    Rest in peace my loving brother you will always be in my heart forever
    Love you!!

  2. Michael

    I Worked with him on a few work sites during his last year of construction work before health issues prevented him from continuing and I was amazed at his work ethic and abilities to get jobs done quickly and correctly. He was a mentor to younger workers and wasn’t afraid to help out anyone he could. He loved his family each time he spoke of them.

  3. Isaiah Zapata

    Even though I never actually got a chance to really get to know you I love you anyways for ever and always tio

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