OBITUARY

Mr. Jesse "Big Jess" Salazar

December 31, 1961November 16, 2020
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Jesse "Big Jess" Salazar, age 58, of Katy, Texas passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020. "Big Jess" was born December 31, 1961 in Houston Texas to Maria Jaime Salazar and Jesse Loya Salazar.

Jesse is survived by brother Joel Salazar (Carolyn Salazar) and sister Laura Salazar Johnson (Hardy Johnson); niece Elissa Johnson and niece Maria Elena Johnson.

Jesse was preceded in death by father Jesse Loya Salazar and mother Maria Jaime Salazar.

Jesse was the oldest of 3 siblings. When he was born he lived just North of Downtown Houston in the neighborhood called Northside and as a kid his family moved just West of Downtown in a neighborhood called West End. Jesse attended Ben Milam Elementary, George Washington Jr High and then Lamar Sr High School. Jesse was a Boy Scout under Troop Leader Mr. Polk in Troop 497. Several of his close friends were also in the same troop. Jesse learned many valuable skills in the Boy Scouts and developed a love for the outdoors and camping. He often went camping with his cousins and Uncles and treasured many memories made.

At the young age of 10, Jesse began working odd jobs in the neighborhood and He worked at a nearby ice house and then at a grocery store and then for a very popular steakhouse named Hofbrau that was just a few blocks from his home. He also worked odd jobs assisting his dear Uncle Beto when needed. Later in his 20sand 30s he began worked for a few environmental labs Severn Trent, Gulf States Analytical, and E-lab. He loved working and was a hard worker.

Growing up, Jesse spent his days riding his bike, playing football and kickball with many of his neighborhood friends. As he got older and learned to drive he and his friends spent the weekends cruising down Westheimer Rd and Memorial Park. There was always music playing at home. His Father often played all types of music from Spanish Conjuntos, Rancheras, Trios, Mariachi and Tejano as well as many Country Classics. This is where Jesse's love of music and classic cars and Lowriders began. He often attended concerts and car shows with his younger brother and their friends.

In his mid to late 20s Jesse began volunteering at 90.1 KPFT, a local public radio station helping out with a radio show that played Tejano tunes and also had a big following from prisoners and their families in the surrounding towns. Soon after proving he was able, Jesse began spinning the records and ended up with his own time slot. He named his show In The Mood and often opened his show by playing Glen Millers hit In the Mood. Jesse took on this role for several years and this deepened his love of music even more.

Throughout his life, Jesse was a prankster. He would do just about anything to get a laugh, from dropping a paper stuffed dummy off the roof of the house to make his parents think he fell, to purchasing a $40 rubber snake and waiting to see peoples reactions. He loved to laugh!

Later in life, Jesse struggled with his health and lived in a rehab facility for several years after becoming an amputee and visually impaired. He often became frustrated living in a facility but he worked hard and was eventually cleared to move out on his own. He was very happy and proud to finally have his own place.

Jesse had the biggest heart! He was a very generous person and was always willing to help when needed. He would give you the shirt off his back and more if you needed and would often go out of his way to help. Even with his disabilities, he was always willing to help anyone who was in need. Although he could no longer drive he would often ask his brother or sister to get money orders or get cash to donate to a cause or purchase items to help someone in need..

Jesse had a large extended family and loved getting together with his Aunts, Uncles and many cousins. Family was everything to Jesse and often kept in touch with . He will be missed by many.

A visitation for "Big Jess" will be held Saturday, November 28, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Funeraria Del Angel Crespo, 4136 Broadway St., Houston, TX 77087. A rosary will occur at 7:00 PM, 4136 Broadway St., Houston, TX 77087.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.crespofuneralhomebroadway.com for the Salazar family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 28, 2020

  • Rosary

    Saturday, November 28, 2020

Memories

Mr. Jesse "Big Jess" Salazar

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Helen Garza

December 1, 2020

Laura, I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family. Jesse (chulo) was a sweetheart and I enjoyed talking to him. He always seemed to know what to say to me when I was having a bad day. I am going to miss him. I pray God gives y'all the strength to get through this..

Leticia Lim

November 28, 2020

To the Salazar family,
Thank you for the main picture that I had taken of Jesse at my birthday party. I had the honor to have this beautiful soul at my party and especially when I had told his sister Laura not to worry about picking him up that evening because he was sleeping over to wake up to some homemade menudo which he truly enjoyed.
I remember him telling me that he felt so special and I looked at him and said your not it's my birthday and it's all about me and we both looked at each other and laughed and I simply replyed yes, he was special, he was my guest at my party!
You will be missed however, this is NOT Good-bye it's just simply until we meet again Big Jess!
Debbie Renteria Lim

Tracy Daniels

November 28, 2020

Laura and Joel. I want you to know that my prayers as well as that of the entire West End family are with you. I will miss him asking if I've had my coffee yet and talking trash to him about the Dallas Cowboys lol. As you adjust to life without him, may the memories you have made with him sustain you until you see him again. #westendforlife. Tracy Daniels

Lourdes Reindl

November 27, 2020

Dear Joe and Laura,
I am heartbroken over the loss of My Chulo, As I lovingly called him! I offer my Most Profound Condolences to you and your family!
Not a day went by that I didn’t ask Joe for Jesse or You(Laurita)! Joe always kept me informed of how Jesse was doing and What was going on with him! I loved seeing his Good morning and Good Night Postings and All his FB jokes and Childhood memories of different things. I loved talking to him because he was always so Sweet and Positive about everything affecting him!
Jesse was a Wonderful Person that loved People and Loved Life no matter how tough it might have been!
May Jesse Rest In Peace for his Suffering is now over and He is in Paradise with Our Lord!
I shall never forget him and He shall live forever in my heart!
Sending Love and Prayers to you Joe and Laurita as I love you both not like friends but as family!
May God bless you both!❤️🙏🏼

Dolores Barrera

November 25, 2020

I was one of the "guys" who used to hang out with the neighborhood kids along with Jesse. He was caring even back then when we were all in school. One of my memories of him was years ago. I was about 15 and pregnant. I was going to school still, but I had to walk to school. It was pretty far from my home and I was about 8 months preggo. Jesse happened to see me walking down the street and he joined me. We started talking and he said he would walk with me so no one would bother me. He really did not have to do that but he did. He walked with me until I got to the school. He was a very polite and caring guy all through our childhood. Heaven has truly gained another angel. Rest in peace dear Jesse. We will miss you.❤️

Luis Juarez

November 24, 2020

"Jesse" was one of the best friends I ever had in my life. I loved him. The first time I met him, he was volunteering at 90.1/KPFT/NPR Radio as a DJ. When we recorded our first 45 with my band, "Accent", he was more than happy to play it even though he didn't personally know me. He did this for many local "Tejano" artists that were relatively unknown at the time. Also, he never asked for anything in return. That was "Jesse". Always willing to help out anybody.
We became close friends after that & I wound up volunteering at KPFT with him to help him out. We had a Monday Night show called "In The Mood Tejano Style"/ "Big Jess" & "Little Louie". We had a "Laurel & Hardy"/"Mutt & Jeff" type of relationship on the air. It was a lot of fun & very unpredictable. We shared many fun times on & off the air & long after that. We spoke on the phone often. We laughed a lot about our past memories.
In later years despite all of his medical issues, "Jesse" was always willing to help anybody in any way he could. I will miss "Jesse" very much. He will remain in my heart forever. I love you "Jesse". Until we meet again my brother. May you "Rest In Peace".

Lydia Guerrero

November 24, 2020

Jesse is my cousin, a few years back my 3 sisters & I took a road trip to visit Jesse, Joel & Laura. We shared lots of memories of growing up . We shared photos and had the best of times. We were treated like Royalty by all 3 of our AWESOME COUSINS. WE MISS YOU 😢 JESSE. WE LOVE YOU JESSE. JOEL & LAURA. 🥰❤😇🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

Sylvia PdL

November 24, 2020

Jesse, I will always remember you for your laughter, love of family and music.
He was such a good son to his parents, as he was always there for them until their passing..and as we all know, he loved his siblings to no end. (He knew how blessed he was to have Joel and Laura by his side.) He used to stop by my house sometimes just to talk on Saturday afternoons in the early 2000's. He and I had a private joke that even earlier this year he made me laugh about it. He loved teasing me forever...and I allowed it because I loved watching him laugh at me. We also had some serious conversations over the years about many topics. But, I knew NEVER to cross the line when it came to the Dallas Cowboys! R.I.P. my Sweet Cousin. You are rejoicing with your parents in the Kingdom of God. Love you always...Sylvia

Irene Perez

November 24, 2020

I remember your laughter and always smiling.

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Biography

Jesse was the oldest of 3 siblings. When he was born he lived just North of Downtown Houston in the neighborhood called Northside and as a kid his family moved just West of Downtown in a neighborhood called West End. Jesse attended Ben Milam Elementary, George Washington Jr High and then Lamar Sr High School. Jesse was a Boy Scout under Troop Leader Mr. Polk in Troop 497. Several of his close friends were also in the same troop. Jesse learned many valuable skills in the Boy Scouts and developed a love for the outdoors and camping. He often went camping with his cousins and Uncles and treasured many memories made.

At the young age of 10, Jesse began working odd jobs in the neighborhood and He worked at a nearby ice house and then at a grocery store and then for a very popular steakhouse named Hofbrau that was just a few blocks from his home. He also worked odd jobs assisting his dear Uncle Beto when needed. Later in his 20s and 30s he worked as a grounds keeper at Memorial Park and Gus Wortham Golf Courses and then worked for a few environmental labs Severn Trent, Gulf States Analytical, and E-lab.

Growing up, Jesse spent his days riding his bike, playing football and kickball with many of his neighborhood friends. As he got older and learned to drive he and his friends spent the weekends cruising down Westheimer Rd and Memorial Park. There was always music playing at home. His Father often played all types of music from Spanish Conjuntos, Rancheras, Trios, Mariachi and Tejano as well as many Country Classics. This is where Jesse's love of music and classic cars and Lowriders began. He often attended concerts and car shows with his younger brother and their friends.

In his mid to late 20s Jesse began volunteering at 90.1 KPFT, a local public radio station helping out with a radio show that played Tejano tunes and also had a big following from prisoners and their families in the surrounding towns. Soon after proving he was able, Jesse began spinning the records and ended up with his own time slot. He named his show In The Mood and often opened his show by playing Glen Millers hit In the Mood. Jesse took on this role for several years and this deepened his love of music even more.

Throughout his life, Jesse was a prankster. He would do just about anything to get a laugh, from dropping a paper stuffed dummy off the roof of the house to make his parents think he fell, to purchasing a $40 rubber snake and waiting to see peoples reactions. He loved to laugh!

Later in life, Jesse struggled with his health and lived in a rehab facility for several years after becoming an amputee and visually impaired. He often became frustrated living in a facility but he worked hard and was eventually cleared to move out on his own. He was very happy and proud to finally have his own place.

Jesse had the biggest heart! He was a very generous person and was always willing to help when needed. He would give you the shirt off his back and more if you needed and would often go out of his way to help. Even with his disabilities, he was always willing to help anyone who was in need. Although he could no longer drive he would often ask his brother or sister to get money orders or get cash to donate to a cause or purchase items to help someone in need..

Jesse had a large extended family and loved getting together with his Aunts, Uncles and many cousins. Family was everything to Jesse and often kept in touch with . He will be missed by many.

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