LALO HARO, Owner of La Tapatia South San Francisco, is remembered

Lalo Haro, along with Humbero Campos, established La Tapatia in 1976 in South San Francisco. Today our city mourns the loss of Lala.

Lalo Haro, along with Humbero Campos, established La Tapatia in 1976 in South San Francisco. Today our city mourns the loss of Lalo.

Our community and friends were saddened to hear of the passing of Lalo Haro, owner of the popular La Tapatia on Grand Avenue, this past Friday March 8th. Lalo has been an icon in our community and had been battling leukemia according to a family friend.  His wife preceded him in death a few short years ago and there is some lifting of the spirit knowing they are together once again.

Arrangements are being held by Cypress Lawn and are as follows:

Details are as follows:
Wed 3.13.2013 VIEWING 5-8pm,
Thur 3.14.2013 ROSARY 6pm ALL SOULS PARISH                           Frid 3.15.2013 FUNERAL MASS 12 Noon ALL SOULS PARISH Burial to follow at Cypress Lawn



Family and friends are invited to leave words of memory on the Cypress Lawn Memorial Page.
The words his family have chosen to use for his obituary are healing and we ask for blessings on Lalo, his family, friends, and our community that he served.

The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. In grassy pastures he gives me repose; I drive on resting places where water is plentiful. It refreshes my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness beaten because of his name. Though I walk through the valley of deep shadow, I fear no harm, for you are with me, your rod and your staff are the things that give me comfort. You have before me a table in front of me to show hostility. With oil has smeared me head, My cup is well filled. Surely goodness and loving kindness sequirán same after me every day of my life. And I will dwell in the house of God unto length of days.

On Saturday Everything South City heard the news and posted it on our Facebook Page and below are some of the kind words that were shared:

David Gordon: Mr. Haro had been fighting Leukemia for awhile, His daughter Barbara is a friend of mine.

Dawn Carroll Cobb: I miss La Tapatia foods so much. I used to live a block away; I hope this isn’t true either

Selma Copado: Oh no!

Luisa Pulido: It’s true he passed away last night.

Carla Barbetti: Yes this is true – sad day – great man

Ava Romero: Ohh no, my family loves buying tamales from the owners, god bless

Jessica Carter Perez: Rest In Peace!

Mary Almada: May God Bless him and his family!

Juan Bustos: May he rest in peace….

Ruth Vasquez: May he rest peace!

Jannette Alvardo: Praying for his family may he rest in peace

Sandra Luna Hempstead: Rest in peace Lalo. You will be missed when we go in.

Wendy Bellinger-Denny: Rest in Peace, Love  La Tapatia!!

Ana Mendoza: Unfortunately, it is true… He was a good/close family friend, it’s extremely sad news..

Sandie Ferrari So very sad. His wife passed about two years ago and I would like to imagine them happily reunited. May God bless him and his family. RIP Lalo.

Solo Taumoepeau: Condolences to the family & friends of this great man/business man. Our 1st encounter with Lalo was just thru Tapatia. We Islanders (some of us)lol Love to eat! & He came thru with our 1st taste of a super burrito growing up in the states! Thanks for bringing your talents & sharing it with the South City community! We need more good happy folks out there so we can be patrons of a thriving community! RIP

Kathy Kilday: OMG….How very sad….He was a huge part of all of neighborhood kids growing up…nothing but fond memories…May you rest in peace Lalo….You will truly be missed….Thank you for all the great memories….Prayers to your family and community.

Irma Oliva: RIP, thank you for Tapatilla. Condolences to the family, you will be missed.

Katy Albera: Rip very sad news I know the family prayers to the family

Demetra Kanellos: My sincere condolences to his family & friends. He will be missed by so many. May his memory be eternal.

Denise Lucia Premenko: Condolences to the family and may he rest in peace….

Stephanie Sequeira: Sorry to hear. May he rest in peace

Sonia Mendoza: Extremely sad news to hear this morning, may he rest in peace and my deep condolences to the entire family! You will be dearly missed Lalo!!!

Marie BlackOwl: Wow this is terrible!! Wonderful~Wonderful person he was~ he will be missed….. May you rest in peace with the Love of your life….

Mary Miranda: Omg.. After the passing of his wife, he’s been sick.. Heartbroken.. so sad. God bless him!

Julia Luna Guitron: Condolences to the Family.

Mary Ellen Greenway: God bless him. Always a happy and helpful soul. Rest in Peace.

Monica Gonzalez: Yes this is true. He passed away last night. Very sad news.

Monique Melaver-Gonzalez: So sad… Rest in Peace Lalo…. Condolences to his family.

Cindy Langley: Rest in Peace

Michael Montanez: So sorry to hear! May he Rest in Peace…

Stella Miranda: Our deepest condolences to the family of Don Lalo a wonderful and generous man in the community. His presence will be greatly missed. May GOD surround his family with love and give them strength to carry on his legacy. God bless you Lalo and take eternal care of you.

Rosa Isabel Vazquez: Rip Lalo

Evelyn Zaldana-Martinez: My condolences to the Haro Family.

Yolanda Buckley: Lalo supplied our restaurant with best tortillas and masa and became a great friend. My family and I are heartbroken to hear this super sad news. We will miss you and the special smile I always got when we would see each other. Dios te bendiga Mi Lalin.

Juan Bustos: Lalo worked with my grandmother at La Palma. I remember him when he was in his 20’s. What a wonderful, generous and compassionate individual. God needed him home. May he be reunited with his beautiful wife. God bless you my friend.

Christina Fedelin Oates: Rest in Peace Lalo. You will be missed.


Here is some background on the business Lalo established and that we have all come to know as one of our favorite local shops.


La Tapatia was established in South San Francisco in 1976 by Eduardo Haro and Humberto Campos.  The business was primarily open as a tortilla factory to supply tortillas to restaurants and other stores.  However, a small storefront was included to sell their tortillas, along with other Mexican food products to the general public.  This was one of the first Mexican stores of its kind to open in the downtown area of South San Francisco, along Grand Avenue.

Through out the years, the storefront has expanded and added a small taqueria.  In 1987, La Tapatia stop mass producing tortillas and concentrated their efforts in expanding the taqueria.  The taqueria became so successful that the store  included the service of catering food for large orders and companies.

Along with their freshly made corn tortillas, La Tapatia prepares fresh Mexican foods every day like burritos, tacos, tamales, nachos, and quesadillas.  Also prepared daily are other food items like carnitas, roasted chicken, a variety of salsas, and guacamole to name a few.  The store also offers its customers various imported Latin American food goods.

 few.  The store also offers its customers various imported Latin American food goods.

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[…] La Tapatia was the dream of  Eduardo ‘Lalo’ Haro and his family, and Humberto Campos. Sadly we lost Lalo in March 2013 after battling leukemia. His wife, Graciela, proceed Lalo in death by a few years. Their daughter Barbara has worked tirelessly to keep the her family legacy alive. […]


[…] March 8, 2013 our city lost one of it’s finest business owners, Lalo Haro, owner of La Tapatia.  His daughter Barbara Haro reached out to us  with this message. We look […]

Paulo Diaz
Paulo Diaz
8 years ago

Dear Family of Lalo,

I just heard the sad news from my sister. I knew Lalo and
Graciela very well. I used to work at their financial institution. May he rest in peace.
We lost a great man. And now we gain a new angel.
My condolences to all of you. Que Dios los bendiga siempre
Y a los nietos seguir con los estudios que era lo que hacia feliz
a Lalo. Lalo you will always be remember here and in our hearts.


Paulo Diaz

Deborah Rojano
Deborah Rojano
8 years ago
Reply to  Editor

I arrived at La Tapatia the day after Lalo was buried and I cried when I saw the black ribbon above the doorway. He was a great friend of my mom’s when he was young and wanted to have his own business. When he achieved his goal, he supplied our family with the freshest products for our restaurants, Maria’s in SSF and El Toreador in SF. Je will be sorely missed. Our condolences to the family and we know he is in heaven with his wife.

Ann-Marie Harris
Ann-Marie Harris
8 years ago

Dear Family & Friends of Lalo Haro:

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. May Lalo Rest In Peace and May God comfort all of you.