Roderick M. Salinas

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Roderick M. Salinas, age 62, was born on September 28, 1949 in Seattle, Washington to Tony McDonald and Patricia Bump McDonald. He passed away on October 1, 2011 in Conroe, Texas.

Rod took Par as his bride on September 18, 1982. He held his position as husband with the highest regard. He cherished and adored Par, supported her unconditionally and committed his life to making all of her dreams come true. In this he succeeded.

Rod's role as a father was of equal importance to him. He strove to create a loving, secure and fun environment for Par and their four children. When called upon he was ever ready to give loving advice and wise direction to his children. Such words have helped them grow in to the successful adults they are today.

Rod treasured and adored his two precious little girls and took great pride in seeing what beautiful young women they have grown to be. He was especially proud of Cheryl ("Red's") inner strength and fearless determination and admired her beautiful free spirit. And Jeny delighted his heart with the never ending flow of love that pours from hers. Her beauty, both inner and outer, and sincere compassion proves the worth of Rod's name for her, "Yogi."

Rod found great joy in observing Teddy's strong-minded determination. He admired Teddy's independence and fearlessness in setting off on new adventures. He was also proud of Teddy's dedication to his work.

However, Rod's greatest joy and pride was revealed when he was blessed with a precious granddaughter and beautiful grandson and was able to witness his own children follow in his footsteps as great parents.

Rod deeply missed the presence of his precious son, Jason. However, through Jason's passing, Rod learned the significance of the cliché "love is eternal." That even though a person has left us physically, they continue to abide with us in a spiritual manner. Jason laid the footsteps for the spiritual journey that Rod has now embarked upon.

Rod too had a very strong work ethic. He was a self-made successful building contractor. He worked tirelessly as the head of P.A.R. (Par and Rod) Construction for nearly 30 years. A very special thank you goes out to every colleague, builder and vendor that made it possible all these years for Rod to work strictly by reputation and word of mouth. Also, thank you to the loyal and dedicated, hard working employees who have remained faithful throughout the years. Rod thought of all of you as family.

It was said of Rod the day he passed, that "if you met him, you loved him." He was everyone's go-to guy. If you can't find it, fix it, or figure it out, he was only a phone call away. He was a dependable, trustworthy friend. He rejoiced with his friends and family in all of their accomplishments and did everything in his power to lift them to new heights. Rod loved people. And people loved Rod.

Rod was proud of and enjoyed the country in which he lived and served. He took joy in golfing and fishing. His love for Yellowstone National Park was trumped only by the love he had for his cabin in Gilbert, Arkansas. There he found peace, serenity and, most of all, there he felt closer to God.

Rod's life path left remarkable footprints on the countless lives he touched. The seeds he planted here will continue to sprout for many years to come. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He survived by his loving wife, Par Salinas; his daughters Cheryl Salinas-Tucker and her husband Paul and Jeny Bulatovic and her husband Branko; his son Ted Ciers and his wife Jena; and his grandchildren Lilah Jayne Tucker and Major Anthony Ciers. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Vanessa Salinas and Vicki Sanders; his brother Ritich Salinas; and his beloved Son Jason Anthony Ciers.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 4, 2011 from 7:00 until 9:00 PM at Cashner Funeral Home, 801 Teas Road, Conroe, Texas. Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 1:00 PM at the Houston National Cemetery Chapel in Houston, Texas.

You are invited to leave written condolences and tributes for the family by visiting our website at www.cashnerconroe.com.


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Published on yourconroenews.com from Oct. 3 to Oct. 17, 2011