Gilbert Salaiz

Gilbert, P. Salaiz, 64, a lifelong resident of Deming, passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at home surrounded by his family. A mass of the resurrection is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at St. Ann's Catholic Church with inurnment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery. As was his request, cremation will take place and has been entrusted to the care of Baca's Mimbres Crematory. Gilbert was born Aug. 17, 1948 in Deming to Gilbert and Mary (Pacheco) Salaiz. After graduation Gilbert worked in the mining industry for 30 years and afterward continued working as a truck driver. He was also a Deming Public Schools bus driver for eight years, a member of the New Mexico National Guard and a lifelong member of St. Ann's Catholic Church. Gilbert is survived by his mother, Mary Pacheco Salaiz of Deming; his lifelong companion, Grace Woolsey of Deming; his brother, Ernest Salaiz and his wife Gloria Marquez of Las Cruces; his sister, Iris Salaiz-Ranjel and husband Mark of Las Cruces; sisters-in-law Janet Woolsey of Las Cruces and Diane Woolsey of San Diego; five nieces, Evelyn Salaiz, Lysandra Salaiz, Ciliana Salaiz, Jacinda Ranjel and Marcayla Rangel; his nephew, Ruben Salaiz and wife Jovonnie Trujillo, great-nephew Abraham Josiah Salaiz, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Gilbert was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert Salaiz Sr., brother, Ruben Salaiz, maternal grandparents, Florentino and Josefina Pacheco and paternal grandparents, Protacio and Prisciliana Salaiz. Urn bearer will be Armando Lucero. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels and Mimbres Crematory. Exclusive provider for "Veterans & Family Memorial Care." To sign the online guest book or to send a card, please visit our website at

Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Feb. 12, 2013