About Eric Zapata Memorial Foundation

Eric "EZ" Zapata

Officer Eric Emiliano Zapata from Kalamazoo Public Safety passed away suddenly Monday, April 18, 2011. Eric was born in Ionia, MI the son of Adolfo and Connie (Casarez) Zapata. Eric served on the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety for 10 years. He was a member of Lightning Kicks where he enjoyed doing mixed martial arts and was a mentor to many children; and enjoyed the game of golf. Eric was a family man.

His smile and charm warmed the hearts of all who came in contact with him. His love and dedication to his job was matched only by his love and dedication to his children. Eric was a friend to all and a hero to many. He is now an angel and once again he is watching over us and protecting us from above. His loving memory is in our hearts and souls forever. May he rest in peace.

Eric is survived by his loving family which include his children, Alexis Taylor Zapata, Eric Anthony Zapata, Jacob Emiliano Zapata; his mother, Connie (Epifanio) Bernal; his father, Aldolfo (Susan) Zapata; sister and brother, Irene (Vance) Ferguson, Armando Lara and Heather VanWyck; nieces and nephew, Vance Connor Ferguson, Alexandria Ferguson, McKenzie Ferguson; and his fiancé, Kristina Moore."

Mission Statement of the Eric Zapata Memorial Foundation

The Eric Zapata Memorial Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit charity, was created to honor Eric “EZ” Zapata’s legacy as a Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer, who made the ultimate sacrifice during his course of duty on 04/18/11.  The Eric Zapata Memorial Foundation hopes to perpetuate the memory of Eric Zapata by maintaining a memorial scholarship and making charitable contributions to the community he served.



David Moran

Craig Stouffer
Vice President

John Killah

Wnedy Fleckenstein