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Conrad M. Salazar, 92, of La Luz, passed away Sunday, March 7, 2010, in Alamogordo.
Mr. Salazar was born July 2, 1917, in Carrizozo to Conrado and Cipriana Salazar. As a young child, he lived in Miami, Ariz., and later moved to El Paso with his grandparents and parents. In 1921 after the tragic death of his mother, Cipriana, he went to live with his grandparents Tomas and Isabel Martinez in Tularosa. He attended school for three years in Tularosa. During his youth, he worked on ranches and farms and learned many skills, including shearing sheep. In 1935, he lied about his age in order to work for the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was 17 at the time and received compensation of $30 a month plus room and board. In 1937, he went to work as a farm laborer, then later he was a construction worker in Mescalero and Orogrande.
While working at his grandparents' ranch in Tularosa, he received word of a job opening in California. He went to work at Brooks Clothing in the maintenance department. While at Brooks, he met Alajandra Aragon, whom he married in 1940. In 1941, Alajandra gave birth to twins, Conrad and Isabel.
In 1941, Conrado went to work in a machine shop in Los Angeles. He later went to work in a refinery as a pipe fitter helper. In 1945, he was drafted into the Army. After his discharge, he went to work as a plumber's assistant. In 1953, he went to work for the school system. He was assigned to work at Compton Community College where he retired after 29 years. He retired as the department head of maintenance.
Conrado was married to Alejandra for 49 years and after her death in 1989, he moved back to La Luz, where he enjoyed his retirement with his family and friends.
He was also preceded in death by his mother and father, Conrado and Cipriana Salazar; and two sisters, Elvita Garcia and Lily Aguirre.
He is survived by his son Conrado Salazar and wife, Laurie; daughter Isabel S. Darling; 15 grandchildren; two sisters, Femia Garcia and Ophelia Whitehead; and many nephews and nieces.
He was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus and former member of the American Legion in Southern California.
Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11, 2010, at Our Lady of the Light Catholic Church by Deacon Don Dickman.
Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, March 12, 2010, with Father Bruce Hausfeld, O.F.M., as celebrant.
Interment will follow at Our Lady of the Light Catholic Cemetery.
The family will greet friends from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Alamogordo Funeral Home.
The Salazar family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services. 
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Mar. 9 to Mar. 25, 2010
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