Ruben Salazar, 96, a pioneer resident of San Miguel County and a resident of Las Vegas, passed away on Tuesday following a brief illness.
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He was preceded in death by his wife: Donicia; his parents: Miguel and Juanita Medina Salazar and a daughter: Angela Salazar.
He is survived by three daughters: Linda Purdy and husband Robert of Los Alamos, and their children Robert, Marquita Donicia, Patrick, and Kaelynn; Juanita Fraizer and husband Ron and their daughter, Adriana Quintana of Rio Rancho, Dolores Salazar and her companion Richard of Las Vegas and family April Chavez, and Wayne Peralta and Florence; four sons: Jim Catalinich and wife Libby of Seattle, Wash. and their family; David Salazar of Las Vegas and children John David, Gabriel, and step-daughter Felicia; and Ruben Salazar and companion Ida Sena of Sapello and children Abran, and Alisa Salazar and Diana and Sammy Sena; a special niece: Beatrice Jaramillo Lucero of Clovis; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law: Juan Jaramillo and wife Cecilia and Casey Jaramillo and wife Florida all of Las Vegas; a sister-in-law, Cecilia Montano of Las Vegas; and several nieces and nephews.
He was born and raised on his father's ranch in Maes on June 18, 1916, and educated in a one-room school house up until the seventh grade.
In the 1950s he married the love of his life, Donicia Jaramillo.
During the Great Depression, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps which was a public relief program for unemployed men age 18 to 24. This was part of the "New Deal" proposed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Under this program the young men were trained in reforestation, building public roads and general construction. It was conceived as an alternative to military service.
In the 1960's he worked at Ft. Union National Monument and in the 1970s he worked as a custodian at the West Las Vegas
Schools and retired in 1977. Shortly after he built his own home on Valley Street.
He and a partner were instrumental in founding the San Miguel County Sheriff's Posse assisting in law enforcement efforts throughout the county and was an active member of American Legion Post 12. He was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Sorrows Church and served as an usher at the church for many years.
A visitation will be held from 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday from St. Francis Chapel at Gonzales Funerals & Cremations, 2315 Hot Springs Blvd. Services will be held at from Our Lady of Sorrows Church with a rosary at 7 p.m. on Friday night and the mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. Father C. John Brasher will celebrate the mass.
The interment will follow in the Catholic cemetery in Los Vigiles with the following grand- children serving as casket bearers: John David and Gabriel Salazar, Wayne Peralta, Abran Salazar, and Robert and Patrick Purdy. Honorary bearers will be the rest of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.gonzalesfunerals.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Billy G. Rogers at Gonzales Funerals & Cremations, 2315 Hot Springs Blvd, 425-9319 or 1-888-525-9319.
Published in Las Vegas Optic on Oct. 12, 2012