Zenone Cretti was born on 24 April 1897 in Pianico, Bergamo, in the Lombardy region. He immigrated into the US on 2 February 1921 from Genoa, Italy to New York on the ship San Giovanni. Before moving to Santa Barbara in 1929, he lived in Michigan and Utah. He married Maria C. Ballestrin. Zenone was a gardner in Santa Barbara. He passed away on 12 August 1986 in Santa Barbara.