Oct 282011

Leo R. Salazar, 79, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, at his home in Winslow. Holy Rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Madre de Dios Catholic Church in Winslow. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. with Father Frank Chacon as the celebrant. Interment will follow in Desert View Cemetery in Winslow. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 o’clock tonight (Oct. 28) at Greer’s Mortuary Chapel in Winslow.

He was born on Dec. 15, 1931, in Cubero, N.M., to Marcelino and Perfecta Salazar. He moved to Holbrook when he was 11.

Leo proudly served his country and was in the 82nd Airborne as a paratrooper from 1949-1952.

On Aug. 30, 1952, he married the love of his life, Josie.

He worked for Duke City Lumber Mill for 45 years.

He had four sons who meant the world to him, Leo M. Jr., Francisco M. “Poncho,” Joe M. “Yogi” and Raul M. Salazar.

He was a very loving husband, dad, grandfather, father-in-law and friend. Everyone knew him as “Tata.”

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Josie M. “Toti” Salazar; his sons, Leo M. Salazar Jr., Francisco M. “Poncho” Salazar (Elena), Joe M. “Yogi” Salazar and Raul M. Salazar (Barbara), all of Winslow; two brothers, Trinidad Salazar (Priscilla) of Holbrook and Waldo Salazar of Phoenix; a sister, Casey Baca (Nick) of Holbrook; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins, and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Marcelino and Perfecta Salazar; one brother; three sisters; and his precious grandson, Milton Salazar.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Winslow Cancer Group.