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Mario Salazar


05/29/1939 - 08/18/2014 Obituary
Mario Salazar Obituary
Mario Salazar, beloved husband of Dora Louise Salazar, unexpectedly passed away at his home on the morning of August 18, 2014.
Mario was born in 1939 to Nicolas and Ignacia Salazar. He spent the majority of his childhood in Laredo, TX, but travels with his migrant farmworker family took him across South Texas, instilling in him, no doubt, the wanderlust that spurned the many travels he embarked on throughout his life. His family eventually relocated to Bakersfield, California, where Mario attended and graduated from Bakersfield High School in 1957.
It was during that time Mario met the love of his life, Dora Louise Burciaga. The two were married in 1960, eventually welcoming a total of eight children: three sons and five daughters. Dora jokes that he pinched her into saying I do at the altar, but whether they were playfully trading barbs over their morning coffee or running off to Eagle Mountain Casino, it was evident the two, married for 54 years, were a match made in heaven.
Throughout his life, Mario worked hard as a quintessential jack-of-all-trades. By day, he worked for the U.S. Post Office; he was first as a postman, from 1954 to the early 1970's, then worked his way up to become an electrical technician. It was the profession from which he retired in the late 1990's. By night, he was a guitar-playing singer with the band Los Jilgueros del Norte, one of the most popular Tex-Mex style bands in California's Central Valley for a span of 30 years, from the 1960's to the 1990's. Locally, Mario was renound for the musical entertainment he helped provide every New Year's Eve at the local Salon Juarez Dance Hall with Los Jilgueros and other bands until 2014; it was the profession from which he refused to retire. In addition, Mario was also a gardener, mechanic, baseball player, Cub Scout Master, actor, dessert connoisseur (he loved sweets), comedian, and, above all, father. Through it all, he always made time for his children, providing for and supporting them as much as he could, as well as Sunday mass at the local Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.
Mario is survived by his children, grand children, great-grand children and extended family: all of whom he blessed with fond memories of a man who, on any given day, was ready and able to put a smile on their face, a life lesson in their head, and a song in their heart.
Services are to be held at Basham Funeral Care, 3312 Niles St, at a later date. Call (661) 873-8200 for more info.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 21, 2014
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