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Efren Zambrano III

January 8, 1971 — August 22, 2023

Centerville, TX


Efren Zambrano III, lovingly known as Hito, passed away on August 22, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love and laughter. Born on January 8, 1971, Efren was a caring, compassionate, and kind individual who spread joy to those around him whether he knew it or not.

Efren pursued a career with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice until his health no longer permitted him to continue. Throughout his tenure, Efren demonstrated dedication and commitment to serving others, leaving a lasting impact on his colleagues and the community he served.

Aside from his professional accomplishments, Efren will be fondly remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor. His infectious laughter had the power to uplift spirits in even the darkest of days. Efren's humor brought joy to countless lives and created cherished memories that will forever be etched in the hearts of all who knew him.

Education played a significant role in Efren's life, as he valued the pursuit of knowledge. He graduated from Conroe High School in 1990 and went on to further his education at Bee County College, Lubbock Christian University, and Texas Tech University. This thirst for learning is a testament to Efren's intellectual curiosity and determination.

Outside of work and studies, Efren was an avid sports enthusiast with a particular love for football. He would often spend hours engrossed in matches, cheering on his favorite teams the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Tech Red Raiders. His enthusiasm for the sport was contagious, bringing friends and family together through shared excitement.

Amidst all his achievements, there was nothing more important to Efren than his family. He possessed a kind and generous heart that overflowed with love for those closest to him. Efren's proudest accomplishment was being a dedicated son to his mother Mary Koenig, a loving brother to Erica and Amy, as well as a cherished uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. The strength of the bond Efren shared with his family was visible to all, and he treasured every moment spent in their presence.

In addition to the love of his family, Efren also had a heart for giving back to the community. He generously donated to the Angel Tree Christmas Gifts for children program, providing joy and hope to those less fortunate during the holiday season. Efren's commitment to helping others symbolizes his selflessness and exemplifies the impact that one person can make in the lives of many.

As we mourn the loss of Efren Zambrano III, let us remember him for the joy he brought into our lives, his unwavering dedication to others, and his loving spirit. His legacy will continue through the memories shared by all who knew him. Efren's absence will be deeply felt, but his kindness and laughter will forever resonate within our hearts.

Efren is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Francisco and Isabel Torrez, and paternal grandparents, Efren and Amalia Zambrano. 

He is survived by his mother Mary Koenig, sister Erica Maddox, sister Amy Zambrano, and numerous nieces and nephews, Efren leaves behind a profound void in their lives. As they navigate this difficult time of grief together, may they find solace in the cherished moments and memories they were blessed to create with him.

In honoring Efren Zambrano III's life, a memorial service will be held at 12pm on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at Strickland funeral home in Caldwell, Texas. We extend our deepest condolences to all who mourn his passing. May he rest in eternal peace knowing that he touched so many lives with love, laughter, and kindness throughout his memorable journey on earth.

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Service Schedule

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Memorial Service

Saturday, October 14, 2023

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Central time)

Strickland Funeral Home

530 TX-36, Caldwell, TX 77836

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