Army Salinas

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  • "I played for Coach Salinas at Portales High my senior year..."
    - Diana (Fields) Sweet
  • "Ann, I send my condolences to you and your family. Dorris..."
  • "God I miss him already! What a untarnished style - an easy..."
    - John Pat Bourassa
  • "I coached with Army at Plainview on Greg Sherwood's staff...."
    - FRED OLIVER
  • "Never met Coach Salinas, however recalled the legendary..."
    - Mario Gomez

Lubbock- Army Salinas passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018. We will gather for fellowship and remembrance from 6-8 p.m., Friday, May 18, 2018 at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 73 years on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Victory Life Baptist Church. A tribute of Army's life may be found at www.memorialdesigners.net, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.

Army was born on August 20, 1944 to Viyer and Frances Salinas in Nordheim, Texas He graduated from Lubbock Cooper High School in 1963, where he was a varsity stand out. Army played college football at Eastern New Mexico University where he earned a degree in Education and Spanish in 1968. He later earned a master's degree in Kinesiology.

On June 7,1969 Army married his partner and the love of his life, Ann Courtney, in Roswell, New Mexico. Army quickly moved up the high school coaching ranks in New Mexico. After a brief stay in Roswell, Coach Salinas landed his first head coaching position at Hagerman, New Mexico in 1970. There he resurrected the football program that had been dormant since 1942. In 1972 they played for the New Mexico state championship their first year in the district. Army left Hagerman in 1973 to rebuild the football program at Portales, New Mexico. He left Portales after building the program from a squad with too few players to scrimmage at practice to a program with over one hundred high school players. He was also the first girl's basketball coach for Portales High School. After leaving Portales, Coach Salinas landed the head football and athletic director coaching job for Lubbock High School in 1978 under LISD Athletic Director Pete Ragus. After Lubbock High, he served as Assistant Athletic Director in Plainview before leaving for Dimmitt in 1988. Army moved on to Seminole High School in 1990 as Head Football Coach and Athletic Director where he remained until he retired in 2004. After one year of retirement, Coach Salinas re-entered coaching in Hobbs, New Mexico at Highland Junior High where he completed seven more successful years mentoring and impacting coaches and players. After coaching, Army dedicated his remaining years to spending time with his two children, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Salinas of Lubbock, TX; daughter, Amy McCullough of Bay City, Texas; son, Aaron Salinas and wife, Laurel of Lubbock, Texas; three granddaughters, Shelby and Katelyn McCullough, and Molly Salinas; two grandsons, Cole McCullough, and Dylan Salinas; two great-granddaughters, Layton Knipstein and Tatum Forrester; two brothers, Ben Salinas and wife, Lela; and Vilsen Salinas; sister, Yolanda Salinas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Viyer and Frances Salinas; and sister, Gloria Salinas.

Memorial contributions are welcome, and the family suggests, Joe Arrington Cancer, www.covenanthealth.org/covenant-health-foundation/donate-now/, Covenant Health Foundation 3623 22nd Place, Lubbock, Texas 79410, or the , 3513 10th St, Lubbock, Texas 79415; www.donate3.cancer.org.

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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from May 16 to May 17, 2018
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