Salvador "Chink" Ralph Aguayo

August 11, 1927September 18, 2010

Salvador Aguayo August 11, 1927-September 18, 2010

Salvador passed away Saturday, September 18, 2010 from a long term battle with a weak heart, but a strong will. He was born in Jalisco, Mexico to Jesus and Maria Aguayo. Salvador is predeceased by brother Gavino and sister Zeniada. He was survived by his wife and soul mate, Melinda Aguayo; his children Gavino Aguayo (Thelma) of UT; Monica Oleszyk (Bill) of PA.; Valarie Ochoa (Arthur) of CA.; Toni Tucker (Timothy) of UT./ CA.; Laurice West (Julius Llanillo) of CA.; Elora La Houx (CA), James Aguayo (CA) Bryan Simpson (OH), his sisters; Esperanza, Rebecca, Delores and brother Jesus. He was also survived by nineteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grand children. He was loved and admired by many more. Salvador graduated from Bingham High School in 1945. After which he joined the United States Army 82nd Airborne division. He later spent thirty-nine years as a heavy equipment operator for Kennecott Copper Mine. After moving to California in 1984, he owned a cleaning business in Simi Valley, also retired in 1992 from the city of Simi Valley as a maintenance supervisor. In his retirement, he worked for the Santa Paula Oil Museum. However, Salvador was most proud of the time he volunteered outside of work. He was the Boy Scout leader of the Copperfield Boy Scout Troop 112 and the St. Francis Xavier Explorer Troop in Kearns, UT. He was an active member of the Sociedad Mutualista Mexicana, a Miguel Aleman member, president of the St. Francis Xavier Guadalupana Society, founder and president of the Santa Paula branch of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He volunteered for Family to Family in Ventura County making meals for the homeless, and made sandwiches weekly for Catholic Charities. Salvador loved serving the Lord as well as giving himself to the community as evidence in his involvement in Marriage Encounter, as being leader of several prayer groups over the years, and being a leader of the men’s bible study here in Santa Paula. He was a lector and a Eucharistic minister for every church he was a member of. From all of his volunteer activities, his efforts were recognized over the years. He humbly accepted the Silver Beaver award, the highest honor the Boy Scouts offered; he received the St. George Medal, the highest medal the Catholic Church offered for his work with the Boy Scouts; and most recently he was honored by Cardinal Roger Mahoney for his work with St. Vincent de Paul. In his last years Salvador proudly presented the world with three children’s novels: The Tiny Detective, The Tiny Telepaths, and Home Again. The first two were published and the last will soon be submitted to the publisher for publication. These novels were only small examples of Salvador’s creativity. He created beautiful jewelry with his lapidary skills. He also built impressive pieces of furniture with wood working skills. He built and nurtured a large coy fish pond and would spend hours enjoying it. He was never bored with life. Services for Salvador will be held Monday, Sept. 27th at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary in Santa Paula. The viewing will be from 1:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M., immediately followed by a Rosary and then a memorial service. The Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, Sept. 28th at 10:00 A.M at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Santa Paula, and then internment will follow at 12:00 at Assumption Cemetery in Simi Valley, followed by a reception in the Hall of Our Lady of Guadalupe at 1:30. Any monetary donations are requested to be given to Santa Paula St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Arrangements under the direction of Skillin Carroll Mortuary, 805/ 525-3391.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, September 28, 2010
  • Memorial Service Monday, September 27, 2010
  • Vigil Rosary Service Monday, September 27, 2010
  • Visitation Monday, September 27, 2010
  • Burial Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Salvador "Chink" Ralph Aguayo

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Tammy Ewell

September 29, 2010

We are so sorry for your loss. My parents and siblings have often what happened to our good neighbors from dixie Valley. Looks like Sal took good care of you all. I miss the singing that went on in your house. We hope you know he is watching over you and that your memories and the little things he did for you will give you peace. Keep singing its a lost blessing that keeps families together. Tammy (Checketts) Ewell

Eldon Bray

September 28, 2010

September 27, 2010

Way back in the 1940s I was a member of Boy Scout Troop 112 in Copperfield and was fortunate to know Chinky and his brothers and sisters for many years. He was a good man. The world would be far better off if there were many more like him. After losing track of him for a long while - especially while he was in California - it was a pleasure to see him again and to talk to him over the phone in the last three or four years. He wrote a couple of stories about experiences with Troop 112 and the old Scout Bus that were fortunately included in my book about Copperfield. From start to finish Chinky was a great friend. His family and brother and sisters have many reasons to be proud of him. I wish you all the best.

Jaime & Michelle Escamilla

September 27, 2010

Our prayers go out to the Aguayo family. Sal was always a pleasure to talk to. We got to live with Sal and Melinda for a short while and he was warm hearted and such a blessing to get to know. We loved listening to his storys. Sal always made us feel like part of the family. He will be missed. God bless you all.

Terri Craig

September 26, 2010

Sal was such a warm, wonderful and gentle man. Being around him you always felt better, you felt his peace and it easily rubbed off on everyone. Life is such a gift that God has given us, and Sal recognized this and did God's work is such awesome ways. How lucky each and every one of you were to have him in your life as have been truly blessed. My prayers are with you, I am so sorry for your loss.

David Song

September 26, 2010


Kimberly Shouse

September 26, 2010

I'm truly going to miss the all the laughs we had together. Hearing all the stories you had to tell and even the songs you would sing. You were a great man. I was blessed enough to have you in my life. You taught me many things that I hope to pass on to my children when the time comes.

I Love You Grandpa!

Jennifer Houston

September 25, 2010

As Valarie's friend, I always remember her dad being happy and supportive. He even made each of us turquoise rings. I will always remember him.

September 25, 2010



Toni Tucker

September 25, 2010

The most wonderful fun memories was me and my sisters sitting around playing Yahtzee and drinking blue margarita's and laughing till we were crying,My Father was a very wise man. and loved life. He also touched so many every day his kindness and open door to those in need was beyond compare.I love and miss you Papa

Greta Rochelle

September 25, 2010

Sal will definitely be a missed man but a man who I agree has earned his place next to God in heaven. I will never forget the open arms and hospitality that Sal and his wife Melinda bestowed on my family when I was homeless years back and allowed my son to stay at their house and even helped to buy him clothes. Sal and his family have been like a second family to me and for that I will be forever greatful. Rest in Peace Sal you deserve it.