Antonio (Tony) Mercado Salazar, 34, born in Chihuahua, Mexico, passed away on June 17, 2014 in Midland, Texas. He worked as a truck driver for several years and enjoyed spending time on the road. His various hobbies included fishing at the lake, barbequing and celebrating life with friends. Tony never met a person he wasn't friendly with, even when he didn't know you, he still wanted to chat. Tony was married to Sheila Salazar. During his marriage, his faith grew stronger and he was baptized. Antonio is survived by his wife, Sheila and her four children; his mother, Maria Mercado, and stepfather Randy Jackson; and various other family members. A visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 20, 2014, at Ellis Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Serenity Memorial Gardens, 6800 Texas 349, Midland, Texas 79706 (432) 684-6200. Flowers, cards, or any donations can be taken to Ellis Funeral Home on the day of visitation or mailed to 1501 Belmont St. Midland, Texas 79701. There will not be a formal reception, but family can be visited throughout the day at the address shown. For any questions please call (432) 212-7267. Online condolences may be offered at www.ellisfunerals.com. "Family can make you angry, they can make you rant and rave, family can hurt you, they can make you sad and grey, but family never gives up on you, even when you're bad, sometimes family is all you've got, to see you through your days, a light was lost today, extinguished early in the day, we loved you and lost you, beloved one to us, no more pain, no confusion, you're free now, fly free, know you are loved and remembered, by the family who never gave up on you." -S.L.
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on June 20, 2014