Christopher Daniel Salgado

November 13, 1961May 9, 2019

Christopher Salgado, age 57, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Iowa Methodist Hospital surrounded by loving family. In what became his final days he was skillfully cared for by the staff at Iowa Methodist Hospital. The family is especially grateful for the kindness and gentle care of the 7th floor Younkers nurses and physicians.

A quiet person who performed thoughtful deeds without a lot of fanfare, Christopher performed one last generous deed by becoming an organ donor. His family is pleased to share that his donation will be used for transplants and/or critical research.

While we believe Christopher is celebrating Mother's Day in heaven this weekend with the mother he loved so much (Mary Jayne Salgado), he has a very large extended family and many friends left behind to miss him. His family tree is very large and has many branches of support, and it would be difficult to name all those who loved him.

He was surrounded in his final days with much love and support from his more immediate family including:

His father Salvador (Sal) Salgado, sister Laura (Luis Hernandez) Salgado Aunts and Uncles - Manuel Valdez, John Munoz, Alice and Don DeVore, Paul (Karen)Underhill. Cousins - Tony (Eileen) Valdez, Vicki (Tom) Hallman, Julie (Kelly) McCarty, Margo (Mike) O’Meara, Melissa (Steve) Breman, Michael DeVore, Michelle (David) Brainard, Kim (Greg) Fisher, Brian (Diane) Conaway, Mark Conaway, Paula (Ward) Nelson, Shannon (Kevin) Golwitzer, Jayne Ann (Steve) Underhill-Flickinger.

He is also missed by his cat Skylar, who would hide from everyone but Chris.

Even as a child, Chris loved animals, nature and being outside. He explored for hours near the creek at the house on Lovington Drive. It was no surprise that being a landscaper was his favorite job.

Roller skating was also a big part of Christopher’s childhood. It was a family activity. His Mom was one of the “rink Moms,” patiently watching, as he and Laura took lessons or skated at an open session with their friends. He was particularly good at speed skating, but then that was Chris-always wanting to go faster, faster, faster.

He was an avid and LOYAL sports fan and had favorite teams in many sports; Notre Dame, Iowa State, and the Minnesota Vikings. Baseball was probably his favorite sports. As just a little guy, he started playing baseball at Highland Park Little League, and as an adult, he was a KC Royals fan. He was a serious baseball fan and for many years enjoyed his annual trips to the College World Series in Omaha. Watching boxing great Oscar De La Hoya was another favorite pastime, and he traveled many times to see him box in person.

When asked to describe Christopher these were some of the thoughts shared by his family and friends:

“Ornery, but lovable…” “Strong-willed, determined, loyal…” “Respectful of his Aunts & Uncles, protective of his family…” “Mischievous”… “Fun-loving…” “Dry-wit, tolerant of others”… “Never meant harm to anyone…” “He gave unconditional love and was overly humble”… “Made and kept lifelong friends from childhood.” “Endearing and sentimental”… “Courageous” … “Lived life on his terms”… “Introspective”… “Adventurous”

Yes, he WAS special, and he is already missed by many.

We hope you can join us to celebrate Christopher’s life. Here are the details for his services:

Visitation will be from 5-7 pm with a Rosary to begin at 7 pm on Tuesday, May 14 at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel & Mortuary. Memorial Mass will be at 11:30 am on Wednesday, May 15 at Sacred Heart with a light luncheon to follow in the Parish Center.

Christopher really wasn’t a flower person. In lieu of flowers, the family is collecting donations for a memorial fund to be distributed at a later date.


  • Manuel Valdez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • John Munoz, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Don DeVore, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Paul Underhill, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • Rosary Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • Memorial Mass Wednesday, May 15, 2019


Christopher Daniel Salgado

have a memory or condolence to add?

Ann Gorden (Cardwell)

May 20, 2019

Sal and Laura so very sorry to hear of Chris’ passing. Prayers for you and your family. I remember many hours at the rink with Chris when he was my partner. I also remember playing at your house when Chris and I were younger. He was a wonderful guy and I’m sure he will be missed by many!

Kathleen Deal

May 14, 2019

Sal, Laura, and family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. My mother Lauree and I offer our sincere condolences to you. Words are inadequate at such a time. Please know that so many are thinking of you and praying for you. With love, Kathleen & Lauree Deal

Scott and Pam Tursi

May 13, 2019

Laura and Sal
Pam and I are so sorry to hear about your loss. We’re thinking of you and our prayers are with both of you again sorry for your loss

Kate Ahnen

May 12, 2019

I ,too, was a student at Salvador beauty college 1978-1979. And remember young Chris often at the school. All the words do seem to describe him perfectly. And I offer my sincere condolences to Sal and the entire and extended family tree.
Peace to you all
Kate Ahnen

Sheila Smith Stefani

May 12, 2019

I am so sorry to read of Chris’ passing.
I was a student at Salvador Beauty College in 1977-1978 and remember him stopping by to see his mom several times over that year. They were obviously very close.
Prayers for the entire family and may you all find comfort in his memory.

Chris N

May 11, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about your tragic loss. Death is truly an enemy. I have been comforted by the words at Isaiah 25:8 which indicate that very soon the Sovereign Lord Jehovah "will swallow up death forever" and He "will wipe away the tears from all faces." I hope that all those who knew and loved Christopher are able to find comfort and peace during this difficult time while awaiting the grand fulfillment of these inspired words.