Benito "Bennie" Salazar died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, to join his beloved wife, Adalecia, and brothers Raymond, Alex and Emilio; granddaughter Amy and grandson Bret.
He leaves behind his two sons and their wives, Ben and Miriam, from Phoenix; Zeke and Barbara, from Tucson, Ariz.; and daughter and son-in-law Nina and Dick Chapman, of Albuquerque; along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bennie was born Aug. 27, 1921, in Tularosa to Alejandro and Juanita. He and Adelecia married just before he left to serve in the Army
during World War II
. He was blessed to return from the war and begin his career at White Sands Missile Range. He considered Las Cruces his home until he moved to Albuquerque to seek greater care for his wife. Bennie lovingly cared for her until her death from Alzheimer's disease complications in 2006.
In Las Cruces, Bennie always loved to share his yearly pecan crop and the many vegetables and chili from his garden. His home was a gathering place for all the family to share special occasions. We hope that Dad will continue to find his Laughlin, Las Vegas or Sandia "Let it Ride" tables to keep his keen mind challenged. His passing will be a void in the hearts for those who knew him.
Special thanks go to those family and friends who helped him during his final fight with leukemia. Pauline Casanovolus and B.J. McMullin - thanks for the special friendships you shared with Bennie since he moved to Albuquerque.
A big thank-you goes to Judith Sandoval and Celina Anaya, from Home Care Assistance, who helped him live independently and die with dignity.
A rosary was held Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at 6 p.m. Burial will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at 11:15 a.m. Pallbearers will be Dick Chapman, Charlie Salazar, B.J. McMullin, Pete Garcia, Sammy Rodriguez, Michael Salazar and Jerry Rogers.
Please visit our online guest book for Bennie at www.RememberTheirStory.com.