Reverend Isaias Lara, 75, a Prosser resident for 27 years passed away Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, at his home.
Reverend Lara was born Oct. 22, 1931, in Galveston, Texas. He grew up as the son of Reverend Juan Lara, an evangelist, who raised the church Mission Belen in Los Angeles, Calif.
He married Consuelo Lara on March 1, 1957. Together they had five children.
After many years of prayer from his family, he accepted the Lord while at the Men's Honor Ranch in Saugus, Calif. Upon his release, after 11 months, he returned to Fresno, where he preached and witnessed through the rugged streets of China Town.
After the death of his father he founded his own church, Templo Belen, in East Los Angeles. The church merged into the Santa Pentecostes Conference, for which he became assistant supervisor until 1975. He ministered in southern California and also traveled to Baja, Calif. as an evangelist.
Later in life he married Virginia Trujillo, together they had three children. They moved to Washington in 1980 to help build the Principe de Paz church in Grandview.
He was a pastor for a Hispanic congregation, Full Gospel Assembly, for 14 years in Prosser. He also ministered through a weekly radio program.
Isaias enjoyed raising cattle on a 10-acre ranch he owned. During this time he maintained his own upholstery business. He also was a pastor to La Nueva Jerusalem Church in Caldwell, Idaho in 1996.
In addition to his diabetes, he was diagnosed with cirrhosis of his liver and in 1996 he received a transplant. Today he stands with the Lord free from disease and pain.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Lara of Prosser; his former spouse, Consuelo Lara of Fresno; eight children, David and Priscilla Lara of Fresno, Daniel Lara of West Covina, Calif., Deborah Moore of Whittier, Calif., Elizabeth (Lisa) Jack of Arcadia, Calif., Abraham Lara of Grandview, Magdalena Najera of Prosser and Elia Belmares of Saint Louis Park, Minn.; one sister, Neomi Hall of Downey, Calif.; and 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Elia Lara; and a granddaughter, Abigail Najera.
Viewing will be held Friday, Sept. 28, 2007, at the Grandview Assembly of God, from 3 to 7 p.m., with a memorial service beginning at 7 p.m. Graveside service will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, at 10 a.m. at the East Prosser Cemetery.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.