Alvin L. Zar Jr, 71, won his long-fought battle with cancer on Jan. 23rd, 2018 as he slipped the shackles of this earth peacefully at home, in Espanola, N.M., with his wife.
Al was born on Aug. 31, 1946, in Los Angelas, Calif., to Alvin and Rebecca Barbieri Zar. While in southern California, Al surfed, played baseball, and owned incredible cars. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and acted in various TV and movie projects. He went on to be the General Manager for a major Chrysler-Plymouth car dealership in Anaheim, Calif., and was named a top national salesman in the Chrysler organization.
Al moved to Joplin, Mo. in the early 1980s and worked for Z103 and WMBH radio as General Sales Manager.
That is where he met his wife, Chris Day Zar. They where married, in Hot Springs, Ark., on October 11, 1986.
They lived in Hot Springs for a short period and while there, they created Stonebridge Productions and began producing Country concerts in the US and Canada. Stonebridge Productions proudly presented acts such as Garth Brooks, Reba McIntire, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, Mark Chesnutt, Clay Walker, Sawyer Brown, Billy Dean, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Larry Stewart, Tim Rushlow, Leroy Van Dyke and Country Gold . . . and the list goes on. They became the in-house promoters for Ray Stevens until Ray's retirement and then produced all of the Statler Brothers shows until their retirement.
In 2002, Al and Chris Zar started a long and successful association with the Oak Ridge Boys which continues today. The Oak Ridge Boys considered Al their "brother" and mourn his loss with his family.
Al left a legacy in the country music business that is best described by friend and business associate, Paul Moore, of William Morris Agency: "His legacy includes integrity, tenacity, loyalty, honesty and hard work. Al had a bigger than life personality and was always a force to be reckoned with!"
Al is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Carrie Zar, of Aptos, Calif., along with their children, Avrial Payne and Aaron Zar. His son and daughter-in-law ,Todd and Susan Zar, of Joplin. His daughter and son-in-law, Tarrah and Stephen Patterson, Joplin. His precious grandchildren, Lexi Patterson, Hudson Patterson, Madisyn Zar, Mackenzie Zar, and Eli Zar, all of Joplin. His sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Joyce and Charles Wicklund, of Espanola. Along with numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins, in New York, New Orleans and elsewhere.
Al was blessed with an amazing group of friends. Special acknowledgment to John and Tammy Woods, of Webb City, Sister Diane Langford, Joplin; Father J Friedel, Joplin; Drenda Casinger, Poplar Bluff, and Leroy and Gladys Van Dyke, Smithton. Al cherished the time spent with you and the important conversations you had together.
A memorial Mass will be held at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 812 Pearl, Joplin, on Monday, Feb. 5 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Joplin Area Catholic Outreach Fund. This fund was created by Al Zar to raise and distribute funds for the direct service of the needy others served through local charitable agencies. The fund serves as an emergency backup when needed by local agencies.
St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
Attention: Joplin Area Catholic Outreach Fund
812 South Pearl Avenue, Joplin, MO 64801
Published on January 28, 2018