Former Member Passes Away

National Board Mourns Edward Zarate


It is with deep sadness the National Board announces the April 16 passing of former National Board member Edward Zarate. Mr. Zarate represented the state of Arizona from February 2005 to June 2006. He was 56.


Mr. Zarate was born in Visalia, California, in 1952. After graduating from high school, he served seven years in the US Navy as machinist mate aboard the USS James Monroe. He was graduated with a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College of California. Before joining the state of Arizona in 2004, he was senior boiler and machinery consultant for ARISE Inc. and One Beacon Insurance and quality control engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. He also held various positions with HSB Group, Inc., for more than 20 years.


Mr. Zarate is survived by three children, Michael, Christopher, and Laura; their mother Elida; and granddaughter Milee Zarate-Bayani.