John L. Zizumbo was born to Aurellano and Juliana Lazaro Zizumbo on March 8th, 1929. John was the eldest of nine siblings. John passed away during the early morning hours of Good Friday, on March 30th. John is survived by his wife of almost 70 years, Frances. The two of them grew up together, built a life with one another, created an amazing family together, and she was alongside him throughout his entire life’s journey—including right up to its end. John was a dynamic Father to 5 Children: Mary, Theresa, Yolanda, Deborah, and Johnny. An inspiring Grandfather to 6 Grandchildren: Jared, Kent-John, Dale-James, Lindsay, Matthew, and Justin. And a loving Great Grandfather to 12 Grandchildren.He was very loved and his life and legacy will always be fondly remembered by those who knew him. The following memories and sentiments are from his Children and Grandchildren:My Father was never boastful, it wasn’t his style, for he possessed a quiet confidence.Dad as the patriarch of the family, you have shown us how to endure hardship, how to respect others, and most of all how to become the best of the best.I’ll always remember how my Father enjoyed carrying my children before they could walk. He would carry and soothe them with a little bounce in his step for hours.Grandpa was a silent, deep thinking man. He didn’t say much but when he opened-up, you gained a look into eternity.Grandpa was a stoic man who trail-blazed life leading his family along the way. Watching him leap off a 20-foot wall into the waters of a Mexican cenote at the age of 72 exemplifies the courage and gusto he lived life with.My grandfather loved to eat ice cream. He would take me to the park to ride my bike and then to get ice cream. He always talked about the importance of saving money and going to school during those moments we shared.Papa taught me resilience and pride. He was a modern man steeped in tradition and hard work. He never apologized for who he was or where he came from and taught me to live without fear. He always wanted the best for his family and would not stand down until he knew I was going for the best life had to offer.My fondest memory would have to be watching him make tortillas. He used to wear that white wife beater and make tortillas for hours. He had his whole assembly line down. They were the best fresh. So good.My Papa was a very particular, efficient, and consistent man. He had his way of doing things and he made sure things were done the right way. I’ll always remember how much focus and passion he lived with. Whether it was smashing pop cans, gardening, or being a Grandfather, he took his time and did things the right way—his way.Love you Dad. Thanks for everything. I’ll miss you dad! Your wings are wide, Gramps! We love you forever. Thanks for the lessons. I will honor his desire to live fully until I join him in the next life. Until next time Papa, “what do you say young fellow?”John’s wishes were to not have a traditional viewing or funeral service. He wanted a small celebration of his life with his immediate family. John did not want there to be sadness or pain for his loved ones upon his passing. John’s wishes were honored, and so is his life.