Pilar Salazar Marroquin, 88, of Lockeford, passed away July 27th. He was born to Pilar and Severa Marroquin on April 27, 1924 in San Benito, Texas. On August 2, 1948 he married the love of his life, Flora Presas and together they had eleven children in Texas and #12 in California, where they settled in Woodbridge and later in Lockeford.
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After losing his father at a young age, Pilar took responsibility and looked after his mother until her passing. He felt his main purpose in life was to provide for his family and to be a good role model for those around him.
Pilar worked for Al Sarti Enterprises, first as a vineyard foreman and later as the lead maintenance for Sarti's chain of motels/restaurants, retiring in 1987 after nearly 30 years of loyal service. In his spare time, his hobbies included auto mechanics, woodworking, and gardening. He was a member of St. Anne's Parrish since moving to the Lodi area.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Flora Marroquin; daughters, Consuelo (Rafael) Onate, Margarita (Ernie) Ornelas, Ana (Luis) Garcia, Severa (Andrew) Salazar, Ermelinda Salazar and Sara (Kelly) White; sons, Jose (Marie), Ramon (Diane), Ramiro, Pilar (Marie), Victor (Olimpia) and Humberto; 31 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild due in December.
He was preceded in death by his great-granddaughter, Phoebe Salazar; sisters, Guadalupe Salazar, Petra Hernandez and Maria Gonzales; brother, Domingo Marroquin.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Anne's Catholic Church. Committal will follow at Cherokee Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Lodi Funeral Home and the recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at 7 p.m.
Lodi Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from August 1 to August 8, 2012