Roman Jose Salazar Age 84, a life-long resident of Santa Fe, died Tuesday, Nov. 14 at his home after a lengthy illness. Roman was born in Española, NM, on April 17, 1928. He was the youngest of seven children. He came to Santa Fe as a young boy to live with his brother Ramon and wife, Dulce, so that he could attend St. Michael's, where he attended from elementary school through high school. He excelled in football and basketball and was captain of both teams his senior year. He was also a member of the Sodality of Mary. He graduated in 1947. He received a scholarship to St. Mary's College in Moraga CA, a small university run by the Christian Brothers. He received a football scholarship, but the intention was for him to play basketball as a walk on. He played a season of football, but was sidelined after a knee injury. Soon after his second semester of college, he returned to Española to help care for his sick mother. He then worked at various jobs, mostly as a carpenter, until he was drafted into the US Army in 1951. He served for two years and was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal in 1953. He enjoyed the life of a bachelor until he finally found a soul mate, in Theresa Olivas. In 1965, they married and few years later, they had one daughter, Maria Feliz. They had great adventures as a family. He enjoyed playing sports of all kinds, but found his passion playing golf. He spent many years happily playing the links at the Santa Fe Country Club, winning many tournaments with his best friend Lee. He also enjoyed watching Lobo basketball and attended as many games as he could at the Pit with his daughter. He loved tending his garden, most especially the greenest patch of lawn in town. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family. Wherever he went he always bumped into a friend. He is preceded in death by his parents, Pacomio and Vincentita Salazar; brother, Ramon Salazar; sisters: Cleofas Salazar, Antonia Martinez, Celida Maestas, Elisama Brazeal and Romancita Salazar. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Theresa Olivas Salazar; daughter, Maria Feliz; son-in-law, David Duran; and beloved poodle, Noche. His is also survived by special friends, Lee and Sara Sanchez, who were like family; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Public visitation will be 5 - 7 p.m. and a Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. at Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, 1399 Luisa Street, 984-8600. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 21 at the Cathedral Basilica, 131 Cathedral Pl., 982-5619. Interment will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the National Cemetery, 501 N. Guadalupe St., 988-6400. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to the Tuition Assistance Fund at St. Michael's High School, 100 Siringo Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87505. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505)984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Nov. 18, 2012