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Alfonso "Poncho" Zepeda

February 1, 1928 — May 18, 2024

     Alfonso P. Zepeda entered eternal rest surrounded by his loving family on May 18, 2024. Alfonso "Poncho" was born February 1, 1928 in Dawson, NM to Cleofus & Rosa Perez Zepeda. He had 6 siblings; Mary Vigil, Julia Garcia, Concepcion Galarneau, Sara Solorio, Elisa Rodriguez, and Angel Zepeda.

     Our dad enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945.  He met and married the love of his life, our beloved mother, O'tila Rodriguez Zepeda, who were married well into their golden years.  They built a loving, forever home in Verde Lee, AZ, and have 3 children; Johnny (Mary) Zepeda, Debbie Z. Sanchez (Robert Merino), and Anna Z. Salcido.

Dad worked at Phelps Dodge Corp for many years before retiring.  He attended Hold Cross Catholic Church and faithfully prayed, reading scriptures daily, remaining close to his Lord and Savior, when he could no longer attend mass.  

Our dad enjoyed dancing, listening to Spanish & country music, watching his Raiders play, camping, fishing, puzzles, reading, and working on his truck.  He was the ultimate handyman, and loved spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, O'tila Rodriguez Zepeda, son-in-laws Ruben M. Sanchez and Raymond Salcido, great-granddaughter Ashley Smith, great-great grandson Kahlil Sorensen, and his parents Cleofus & Rosa Zepeda.

Our beloved father, grandfather, great & great-great grandfather will be deeply missed.

He will be remembered for his love, devotion, and faithfulness, for his family and his kind, generous, humorous, and hardworking heart.

He is survived by his children; Johnny (Mary), Debbie Z. Sanchez, (Robert), and Anna Z., 5 grandchildren; Ruben (Julee) Sanchez, Veronica (Charles III) Smith, Christina (Steve) Parrish, Benny Zepeda, Vincent Salcido, 7 great-grandchildren; Alicia (Mike) Kaltenbach, Charles Smith IV, Danyel Sorensen, Marissa (Camielle) Arquero, Selina Smith, Zaquree Smith, KeJuan Smith, and 5 great-great grandchildren; Kambree Smith, Kassidy Smith, Kaiden Black, River Kaltenbach, and Riley Kaltenbach.

Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 9:00 a.m., Friday, May 24, 2024 at Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Mass of a Christian Burial to follow the rosary at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 24, 2024 at Holy Cross Catholic located at 205 Fairbanks Road, Morenci, AZ 85540. 

Interment to follow services at Sacred Heart Cemetery located on Copper Verde Rd. Clifton, Arizona.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Recitation of the Rosary

Friday, May 24, 2024

9:00 - 10:00 am (Mountain (no DST) time)

Holy Cross Catholic Church

205 Fairbanks Road, Morenci, AZ 85540

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Mass of a Christian Burial

Friday, May 24, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Mountain (no DST) time)

Holy Cross Catholic Church

205 Fairbanks Road, Morenci, AZ 85540

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Interment

Friday, May 24, 2024

11:15am - 12:15 pm (Mountain (no DST) time)

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

329 Chase Creek Street, Clifton, AZ 85533

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