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Martin J. Zaldo

Company E-1

6 Feb 1939 - 1 May 2012

Place of Death: Newport Beach, CA

Interment: TBA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must inform you of the death of our classmate, Martin "Red" Zaldo.  He died in Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, CA of natural causes.

Red is survived by his wife Julie; their children Patrick and Kelly; their daughter-in-law Rachael; granddaughters Madison and Parker; and his brother Bill, USMA '59.

Red's funeral service will be at 11 am, Monday, May 14 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 17270 Ward Street, Fountain Valley, CA  92708.  Burial will be later in the week for the family only.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Red's memory may be sent to any of the following: 

  • Army Baseball, Attn:  Coach Joe Sottolano, West Point, NY10996. Make checks payable to Army Athletic Association, and put “Friends of Army Baseball in memory of Martin “Red” Zaldo, ’61.”

  • National Brain Tumor Society, 22 Battery Street #612, San Francisco, CA  94111

  • Osteogenisis Imperfecta Foundation, 804 W Diamond Avenue, #210, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Well done, Red.  Be thou at peace.


Class Memorial Pages\E-1 Red Zaldo.pdf

Red and I go back to grade and high school in El Paso, Texas.  We were both "Brats" and were real close friends.  We both did a year of prepping after high school before entering WP with the Class of 1961.  We sang in the Catholic Choir for 4 years.  Red beat me across the graduation stage by a year.  Red finished as Class Goat in 1961.

In 1970, both off active duty, we found ourselves both in Los Angeles.  Red was single and moved out of his house for a few weeks so my family could live there while I looked for a job and a place to live.  He was always generous in that way.

In LA we went to Dodger games and were active in the WP societies there.  I had not seen him since 1996 before I moved to Dallas.

Red will be missed by those who knew him.

Peace be with you old friend.

Tom Moore, USMA 1962