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Lawrence Anthony Zaladonis

June 30, 1921 — April 13, 2018

Lawrence Anthony Zaladonis died on April 13, 2018 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical
Center. He was born on June 30, 1921 in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Anthony and Helen
Zaladonis. He lettered in football, basketball, and baseball while in high school. He
enjoyed kayaking on the Hudson River and around Manhattan Island. After graduating
he worked for Singer Manufacturing Company as a toolmaker apprentice until enlisting
in the U.S. Navy during WWII. During WWII he served as a Navy Seabee stationed at military bases in the Aleutian
Islands of Alaska, Oxnard, CA, and Longview, WA. where he worked on special
assignments as a machinist and draftsman. After the war he was employed as a
machine designer at Allis Chalmers Manufacturing Company and later the U.S. Naval
Missile Base in Pt. Mugu, California. His training led him to Idaho Falls with his family
in 1952 where he was employed with the Atomic Energy Commission. He worked in
engineering and design on several nuclear reactor plant systems and in project
engineering. His employment at "The Site" continued until his retirement in 1986. He
was a member of the Society of Mechanical Engineers and was proud of his projects
and several patents that he helped develop. He enjoyed solving design problems until
the last years of his life. While stationed in Longview, WA he met and married his wife of 67 years, Joyce Maxine
Hudson. Together they raised 5 children. They loved to travel and spent summer
vacations with their family along the Oregon coast. After his retirement Larry and
Maxine traveled all around the United States in their motor home to visit friends and
family and to see the country. They were active in the Good Sam's Club and the Rolling
Russets camping club. They also visited Europe. Larry was a member of the Idaho Falls Catholic Community at Holy Rosary Church,
school, and parish hall. He participated in various activities such as Boy Scouts and
Cursillo. He is a past member of the Knights of Columbus. His hobbies included any
project that utilized his building, drafting, & engineering skills and he especially enjoyed
playing tennis with family and friends. He played tennis until he was 92 years old.
Larry is survived by his daughter Joyce (Richard) Felter of San Antonio, TX, his sons
Edward (Cheryl), Michael (Abigail), and Robert (Rachel) Zaladonis of Idaho Falls, 12
grandchildren and 10 great - grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents,
wife Maxine, daughter Patricia Young, great granddaughter Carolyn, brothers Arthur and
John, and nephew Joseph. Larry was always gracious and charitable toward others. His family loved him and will
miss him terribly. He will be remembered as a remarkable and talented man who
brought out the best in people. A rosary will be held at 6pm on April 20 at Buck Miller Hann Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held April 21 at 12pm at Holy Rosary Church. Condolences can be left at

Service Details.


When: Friday, April 20th, 2018
Location: Funeral Home


When: Saturday, April 21st, 2018
Location: Funeral Home

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