Melcor Zamora, age 86, passed away at home in Albuquerque surrounded by family on January 3, 2022. Melcor was born in Tajique, New Mexico on August 29, 1935. He married the love of his life, Mary Stella Sanchez, and devoted his life to her and his five children. He worked for 30 years with the City of Albuquerque as a bridge and street inspector until retirement. Later in life, he purchased the old Tajique Grocery Store and opened the Tajique Feed Store and Barber Shop where you would often find him in his western shirt and cowboy hat. Inside, he would be happily crafting leather chaps, selling feed, and telling stories that never grew old. Billy the Kid was often the center of these great narratives. He loved hosting reunions and get-togethers while playing guitar (Las Mañanitas was by far his favorite) with family and friends. Melcor adored his grandchildren and taught them to be kind, respectful, hardworking, as well as how to appreciate the importance of family and the simple things in life. So many people will dearly miss him and the dignity he brought into this world.
Melcor is survived by his children Rose Saenz (husband Jeremy), David Zamora, Paul Zamora (wife Barbara), Deborah Allen (husband Douglas), and John Zamora (wife Danielle). He is also survived by his grandchildren (Tristan, Jalen, Jessica, Abran, Sean and MaryStella), six siblings, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Melcor is preceded in death by his wife Mary Stella Zamora, his parents Jose and Cruzita Zamora, daughter-in-law Beverly Zamora, and siblings Leandro Zamora, Evelina Zamora-Sanchez, and Fernando Zamora.
The family will have a memorial to celebrate his life at a later date.
“As I walked hand in hand with my grandfather in his feed store, we laughed about the stories and “dichos” that we shared, and in this moment I knew we would always be connected.”