10/31/1943 – 7/26/2019
Mario George Zaragoza Sr. went to be with the Lord on July 26, 2019. Mario was born in Santa Barbara on Oct. 31, 1943, to Ramon and Tomasa Zaragoza. One of eight children, the youngest of six brothers, Mario loved to play with all of his siblings as a child.
In 1958, while hanging out in Carpinteria, Mario met his future bride (Connie Rodriguez) through a cousin of his. In July of 1962, Mario and Connie were married and welcomed their first child a few months later, a daughter named Rachelle. Two years later they welcomed their second child, a son whom they named Mario Jr., and two years after that they welcomed their third child, another son named Anthony Sr.
Mario would later develop a passion for riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles through his older brothers Ernest (Pinky) and Ray in the 1970s. After living in Santa Barbara throughout the 1960s and early 70s, Mario, Connie, and their three children moved back to Carpinteria.
In the mid-late 70s, Mario began working for Applied Magnetics Corporation in Goleta where he would remain until his retirement in 1998 to stay at home to take care of his beloved wife Connie. In the early 80s, Mario joined a local biker club called Los Amigos out of Santa Barbara. In 1985, Mario and Connie purchased their home in the new sub-division of Carpinteria called Seacoast Village where Mario would live out the rest of his days, raising his family and working in his yard.
Mario loved to be in his garage building Harley-Davidson models, doodle drawing, putting together puzzles, doing yard work, spending time with his family and spoiling his two Chihuahuas Rosez and Scooter. He also loved to go on road trips on his motorcycle with his wife during their younger years. Mario took his family to Sturgis, South Dakota three times in ‘88, ‘90, and ’94, for the annual Harley-Davidson motorcycle rally.
Mario was predeceased by his parents Ramon and Tomasa, his brothers Ernest (Pinky) and Ray. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Connie, three children, Rachelle (Rick), Mario Jr., Anthony Sr., 10 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren, brothers Alex, Gilbert Sr. and Raul, and sisters Anita and Lola.
Ride In Paradise Mario “Fat Dog” Zaragoza Sr. We will always love you.