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Oscar J. Zuniga, Sr.
Born May 30, 1922(1922-05-30)
Laredo, Webb County, Texas, USA
Died July 28, 2007 (aged 85)
Paul Young Ranch, near Laredo, Texas
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin
Occupation Engineer
Religious beliefs Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Patricia Young Zuniga (1928-2002)
Children Bernard "Zed" Zuniga (1961-2001)

Patricia Zuniga "Patti" Starnes
Oscar J. Zuñiga, Jr. Lydia Z. Juarez
David Michael Zuñiga
Paul Zuñiga
Helen "Bucca" Treviño
Dee Dee Hrncir
Arthur Zuñiga
Stella Zuniga Burkhalter
32 grandchildren

19 great-grandchildren
Parents Alfonso J. Zuniga, Sr., and Conception B. de Quiroga
A professional engineer and surveyor, Zuniga was instrumental in the development of the neighborhoods of Hillside Terrace, Shiloh, and Eastwoods in his native Laredo, Texas.

Oscar J. Zuñiga, Sr. (May 30, 1922 - July 23, 2007), was a registered professional engineer and land surveyor who played an important role in the construction of several residential neighborhoods in his native Laredo, Texas. In 1988, he was honored by his peers as "Engineer of the Decade" by the Gateway Chapter of Professional Engineers.

Zuniga was the fourth of thirteen children born to Alfonso J. Zuñiga, Sr., and the former Conception B. de Quiroga. The original family home at 1101 Market Street in downtown Laredo was known as La Casa de Miel or "House of Honey". He graduated from Laredo High School, (subsequently Martin High School) and served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Jerauld in the Pacific Theater of World War II. The Jerauld was launched in November 1944, from Astoria, Oregon, and steamed to Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, and Guadalcanal during 1945.

After his military duties, Zuniga completed his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Registered as a professional engineer and surveyor, Zuniga practiced as a consulting engineer for more than thirty years. He provided mechanical and electrical engineering design and consulting services to public and private clients across south Texas.

In later years, he joined with partners, including Armadillo Construction Company, in developing residential neighborhoods throughout Laredo, including Hillside Terrace, Shiloh, and Eastwoods. In addition, he served on the boards of various financial institutions and community organizations, including City National Bank (later NBC Bank) and the Mercy Hospital Advisory Board (later Laredo Medical Center).

Zuniga was also active in the Border Olympics, a track-and-field event held in Laredo in which Southwest Conference teams compete. Sabas Zapata, III, a Laredo businessman and a Border Olympics official in the 1980s, recalled Zuniga as one of "quiet demeanor, always offering advice and help. . . . a valued behind-the-scenes volunteer." Zuniga died at the age of eighty-five at his home on the Paul Young Ranch. Coincidentally, Porter Garner, Jr., a former Laredo businessman and another active Border Olympics volunteer, died the same week as Zuniga.

Zuniga was preceded in death by his wife, the former Patricia Young (October 27, 1928 - August 24, 2002); a son, Bernard "Zed" Zuñiga (1961–2001); grandson, Robert Paul Zuñiga (1974–2005); four brothers and three sisters. Survivors included his brother, Alfonso J. Zuñiga, Jr.; sisters Norma Lucila Benavides, Martha Cecilia Martinez (husband Robert), Florencia Trevino (husband Meme) and Sylvia Zuñiga; nine children, Patricia Zuniga "Patti" Starnes, engineer Oscar J. Zuñiga, Jr. (wife Jay), of San Antonio, Lydia Juarez (husband George), engineer David Michael Zuñiga (wife Sylvia), of Boerne, Texas, Paul Zuñiga (wife Sally), Helen "Bucca" Treviño (husband Bill), Dee Dee Hrncir (husband Bill), Arthur Zuñiga (wife Melissa), and Stella Zuniga Burkhalter (husband Hunter Wyatt Burkhalter); thirty-two grandchildren, and nineteen great-grandchildren.

Zuniga was Roman Catholic. He was cremated; his ashes were scattered in the Gulf of Mexico at his request.

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