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Joe Salazar

October 10, 1929 — February 23, 2022

Joe Salazar

Joe Salazar, affectionately known as Gramps, 92, was born to Herman and Victoria Salazar in Coyote, New Mexico. He is survived by his sons LeRoy Salazar (Nancy), Don Salazar (Janet), Joey Salazar (Tami), Tim Salazar and daughter Lan Ngu (Si), along with nineteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Joe is the oldest of sixteen siblings and lived in Youngsville, New Mexico with Father Herman and Stepmother Georgia. He later moved to Espanola, and further went on to join the US Army where he served in three wars including WWII where he received the Medal of Valor.

In 1951 he married the love of his life Grams, Helen Salazar and was married for 59 joyful years. They settled in Roy, Utah to raise their six children. Joe also devoted 38 years to Hill Air Force Base receiving many accolades during his career and ultimately retiring as Logistics Division Manager at age 55. He then went on to manage the maintenance for the family business, Creative Times, as well as Quality Control Manager for CTI Construction.

Gramps' knew how to enjoy life. He enjoyed watching boxing fights, which he also participated in during the Army. He loved watching Western movies, cowboys’ series, and anything with John Wayne. Gramps loved cheering for the Denver Broncos, playing card games at any casino, tortillas with chili, and really really hot coffee.

But above all, Gramps enjoyed family. He loved talking on the phone with his sisters and long visits from family - any and all family. Gramps never missed any of his sons’ games or his daughters’ recitals and always took any opportunity to cheer on his grandkids. He always showed up, as he instilled Salazars’ do.

Gramps was a firm believer that with hard work anything is possible, and he was exemplary of just that. A man of hard work, gentle kindness, a man with open arms and the warmest welcome. Where his face genuinely lights up when he sees you. Always a man of honor and a man of integrity.

Above all, Gramps leaves us with his legacy, one where it is known by all that nothing is more important than family. Beloved by whoever crossed his path, Gramps touched us all for the better. He will continue to reside in our hearts, until that morning, when we can share that really hot cup of coffee with him again. Love you Gramps.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Victoria Salazar, stepmother Georgia Salazar, his wife Helen Salazar, daughter Linda Martinez (Jeff) and grandson, Seve Salazar.

Viewing and Rosary will be held at Leavitt’s Mortuary and Memorial Park 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah, Thursday, March 3, 2022, 6:00 p.m-8:00 p.m. (Rosary at 8pm)

Funeral Mass will be held at St Mary’s Catholic Church 4050 S 3900 W, West Haven, UT on Friday, March 4, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. Graveside burial to follow at Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park.

Lunch, along with family remarks to be held after the service at Ogden Country Club 4197 E Washington Blvd, Ogden, Utah at 2:00 p.m. 

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Visitation

Thursday, March 3, 2022

6:00 - 8:00pm (Mountain time)

Rosary at 8:00 p.m.

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Funeral Service

Friday, March 4, 2022

Starts at 11:00am (Mountain time)

St. Mary's Catholic Church

4050 S 3900 W, West Haven, UT 84401

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Burial

Friday, March 4, 2022

Starts at 12:00pm (Mountain time)

Aultorest Memorial Park

836 36th St, Ogden, UT 84403

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Friday, March 4, 2022

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