Louis LeRoy Jr. was born August 18, 1941 in Yuma, Arizona. Louis passed suddenly on November 25, 2007 at Yuma Regional Medical Center following a two-year battle with a rare blood and liver disorder. Louis attended Immaculate Conception Parochial School, Fourth Avenue Junior High, and graduated from Yuma High School in 1959. He attended the University of Arizona and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1972.
Louis was a prolific artist who devoted his entire life to his one great love--art. He loved to paint chiles, which became his trademark and logo in the 1960's when he formed "Salsa Graphics." He transformed simple objects into works of art, changing the ordinary into the extraordinary. Surrounded by this art, Louis shared it with everyone who passed through his doors. Known for his chiles and Chicano art, his works were exhibited throughout the U.S. and Canada, and on the World Wide Web.
2002-2007 Executive Director, Yuma Fine Arts, Yuma, Arizona
2001-2002 The Association of American Cultures (TAAC) 1997-2002 The Arts Coalition (ArtCo)
1992-1997 Executive Director of the Association of American Cultures
1987-1992 Full time artist in San Antonio
1983-1987 Executive Director of the Arts Council of San Antonio
1979-1983 S.W. Regional Representative, National Endowment for the Arts
1974-1983 Arizona Commission on the Arts Member of Yuma Rotary
He was preceded in death by Louis LeRoy Sr.,father, Cruz Higuera-Jones, paternal grandmother of Yuma, Arizona , Charles LeRoy, paternal grandfather of Los Angeles, California, Josefa Maldonado-Romero, maternal grandmother and Manuel Romero, maternal grandfather of Tucson, Arizona.
He is survived by his mother, Katherine LeRoy of Yuma; sisters, Jeanette LeRoy Randall of Phoenix, Arizona, Lorraine LeRoy-Merkel of Tucson; brother, Kenneth LeRoy, of Yuma; nieces, Barbara Randall of Dallas, Texas, Stephanie Martin of Yuma, Raylene Decker of Tucson, Katie Lott-LeRoy and Ann-Jeanette Mosqueda of Yuma; nephews, Thomas J.W. Lee, IV of Phoenix, Arizona and Ryan Urbach of Bend, Oregon. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at Johnson Mortuary in Yuma, Arizona
The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, that contributions be made to the Yuma Community Foundation, an endowment to perpetuate art. Send your contribution in Louis' name to: P.O. Box 6835, Yuma, Arizona 85366.