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El Cajon Mortuary and Cremation Service

684 South Mollison Ave., El Cajon, CA

OBITUARY

Salvador Bernal Saucedo

August 6, 1929May 16, 2020

Salvador Saucedo, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and community leader, died at the age of 90 on May 16, 2020 following a long illness. Raised in Chihuahua, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, Sal moved to Los Angeles County in the early 1950s, where he raised a family of seven children with his first wife, Martha. There he worked in retail and industry, was a member of the California National Guard, and was involved in community service organizations, including the League of United Latin Americans (LULAC), the American GI Forum and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). In the late 1970s, Sal moved to San Diego County, where he worked as an employment counselor and job developer for SER, Jobs for Progress Inc. in San Marcos and for the South County Career Center in Chula Vista. During his work life and after retirement, Sal continued his community involvement with participation on the boards of the MAAC Project, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, United Way of San Diego, Consumer Affairs Dispute Settlement Board-University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Selective Service System, Southbay Forum, North County Headstart, and as a commissioner for the City of Chula Vista and a mentor to the Puente Project of Southwestern College.

In 1997, the Barrio Station in Logan Heights recognized Sal with the Cesar E. Chavez Social Justice Award. In 1999, Shirley Horton, then the mayor of Chula Vista, recognized him for his service to San Diego County, the Southbay and Baja California. In 2012, Sal was recognized for Excellence in Community Service for his 15 years of fundraising efforts with the UCSD Hispanic Scholarship Council. Sal loved celebrating milestones with his extended family, attending the graduations of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and visiting his relatives in El Paso and Chihuahua. Sal also enjoyed music and spent many happy summer Sundays dancing at concerts in Spreckels Park in Coronado. He was an active member of the South Bay YMCA for many years. He will be remembered for his energy, work ethic, willingness to help others and a beautiful smile. Preceded in death by his daughter Elvia Chavez and granddaughter Marlo Villaseñor of Las Vegas, Sal is survived by his wife of 43 years, Gail; their daughter, Diana Saucedo of San Diego; his sons, Sal Saucedo, Jr. of San Francisco and Michael Saucedo of Long Beach; his daughters Linda Saucedo, Gloria Lopez and Diana Valdez of Long Beach, and Moraima Villaseñor of Castro Valley; 19 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Donations may be made in his memory to Alzheimer’s San Diego.

Services

27 May

Visitation

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

El Cajon Mortuary and Cremation Service

684 South Mollison Ave.
El Cajon, CA 92020

28 May

Graveside Service

12:30 pm - 1:01 pm

Glen Abbey Memorial Park and Mortuary

3838 Bonita Road
Bonita, CA 91902

Memories

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Marta and Salvador Saucedo
late 1940s

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Salvador and Marta Saucedo
mid-1950s

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Grizzly Magazine
National Guard
40th Armored Division
Sal at Mass

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Childhood photo of Michael, Salvador, Linda, Diana, Gloria and Elvia

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Sal, Son-in-law Guadalupe, Daughter Gloria, Brother in Law Pilo, and Sister, Marta

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Sal and Marta with family

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Marta and Salvador with Marlo and Nichol

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Gail and Sal's Wedding, San Diego, 1977

FROM THE FAMILY
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FROM THE FAMILY

Marta and Salvador Saucedo
late 1940s

FROM THE FAMILY

Salvador and Marta Saucedo
mid-1950s

FROM THE FAMILY

Grizzly Magazine
National Guard
40th Armored Division
Sal at Mass

FROM THE FAMILY

Childhood photo of Michael, Salvador, Linda, Diana, Gloria and Elvia

FROM THE FAMILY

Sal, Son-in-law Guadalupe, Daughter Gloria, Brother in Law Pilo, and Sister, Marta

FROM THE FAMILY

Sal and Marta with family

FROM THE FAMILY

Marta and Salvador with Marlo and Nichol

FROM THE FAMILY

Gail and Sal's Wedding, San Diego, 1977

Biography

2012 Biography when Sal was recognized for Excellence in Community Service for his 15 years of Service to the UCSD Hispanic Scholarship Council.

“Dos cosas han motivado a Sal Saucedo en todos los esfuerzos que ha realizado en beneficio de la comunidad. El trabajo y la educación” Two things have motivated Sal Saucedo in his efforts to benefit the community. Work and education. (El Informador: San Diego County Hispanic Weekly, February, 2000).

Added to that should be a lifelong commitment to volunteer service.

Born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico, Sal experienced youthful hardship on both sides of the border. The youngest of seven children, he acquired his work ethic early—shining shoes and selling newspapers as a grammar school student in Chihuahua and picking cotton as a teenager in the Mesilla Valley of New Mexico. Attending school on either side of the border was a challenge for him and contributed to his commitment to providing opportunities to young people to advance their education.

As a young father of seven in Los Angeles, Sal worked a variety of jobs in retail and industry and also served with the California National Guard in Korea.
He continued his education at night school and became active in community service through e League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the American GI Forum, and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). His varied work experience was the springboard to employment as a job developer and employment counselor with Jobs for Progress (Operation SER).

A resident of San Diego County since the late 70’s, Sal worked for the San Diego Consortium and Private Industry Council at the South County Career Center. He has been a board member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the MAAC Project, United Way of San Diego, the Consumer A airs Dispute Settlement Board-University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, the Selective Service System, the Southbay Forum, and North County Head Start as well as a mentor for the Puente Project at Southwestern College and a Commissioner for the City of Chula Vista. Along the way he has received commendations and certicates of appreciation from his employers and the community organizations he has served. In 1997 e Barrio Station recognized him with the Cesar E. Chavez Social Justice Award. Upon his retirement in 1999, by proclamation then Mayor of Chula Vista, Shirley Horton commended him for his years of dedicated service to the South County, Greater San Diego, and Baja California.

In the trunk of his car Sal kept a box of scholarship information that he distributed on a regular basis, to the young clerk handing him his coffee at his favorite bagel shop, or to the mother ahead of him in line at the supermarket. He especially enjoyed attending the high school and college graduations of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The proud parent of a UC San Diego graduate, Sal gratefully served on the Hispanic Scholarship Council and the Undergraduate Scholarship Community Service Council at UC San Diego from 1997 - 2010.

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