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Rene Rafael Azahar

June 29, 1953 December 30, 2017
Rene Rafael Azahar
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Rene Rafael Azahar, 64 of Santa Maria, CA passed away on December 30, 2017. Rene was born in El Salvador, Central America on June 29, 1953. He and his family moved to Los Angeles in 1987, fleeing the violent Civil War taking place in El Salvador at the time. He later moved to Santa Barbara County in 1991, residing in beautiful Santa Maria.

Rene was a studio and wedding photographer, and owned a successful photography business that became well known amongst the Santa Maria Valley Hispanic community. Rene enjoyed all the arts – besides photography, Rene had a deep love for music, books and film – he loved to read Greek Mythology and Ancient Rome History, his favorite band of all-time was the Beatles and his favorite actor was Tom Hanks. Rene loved to travel and discover new places; he loved to fly but also enjoyed a long road trip. If the car had a full tank of gas, no map was necessary as it wasn’t about the destination for Rene but about the adventures and experiences had along the way.

At the young age of 19, Rene felt the calling from God to preach the gospel. Rene was a faithful servant and man of faith, becoming a minister for the Lord in his 30s. Rene touched and inspired many lives through his sermons, his writings, and through every day life. Rene blessed everyone he came to contact with, praying for the rich or needy, healthy or sick, believer or non-believer. He studied the word of God daily and wrote many songs of worship for the Lord. Rene’s favorite bible verse was “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

Rene leaves behind his dear wife of 40 years, Gladys Azahar. Friends and family saw Rene and Gladys as soul mates. Best friends in love, Rene and Gladys were inseparable. They attended college together, worked together, and enjoyed all hobbies together. Rene and Gladys never ran out of things to talk or laugh about, their love for each other stronger with each passing day. Rene also leaves behind his cherished daughter, Karla B. Azahar and his beloved son, Rene Azahar Jr.

Rene was very loved by all that knew him and he will be missed by all the Azahar family, the Avendano family, the Guembes family, the Mejia family, the Aviles family, and the Arias family.

A memorial celebrating Rene’s life will be held on Monday, January 8, 2017 from 11am-12noon at the Chapel of Dudley Hoffman Mortuary in Santa Maria followed by burial at Santa Maria Cemetery. All that knew Rene are welcome by the family to attend.


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