A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

Due to COVID restrictions, the family will be holding a Private Funeral Service. The public may attend the Viewing and Graveside Service as listed below. Social distancing guidelines apply.
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Merejildo "Jay" Salazar

March 27, 1943October 25, 2020
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Merejildo “Jay” Salazar passed away peacefully, at home on October 25 2020, at the age of 77, due to complications of Parkinson’s and Alzeimer’s. He was born on March 27, 1943 in Gallina, NM to Merejildo and Carlota Salazar.

Jay was a man of faith. He studied theology, and went to Latin American Bible Institute in San Antonio, TX in his earlier years, and was always willing to talk to anyone about his strong testimony of his Savior. He was a dedicated family man, who took great pride in his children and grandchildren. He loved spending time with them, and he loved his visits with his brothers and sisters. He lived life to the fullest! Jay truly was the life of any party. He was always up for a road trip with family members or friends. He has owned several motorcycles, and never gave up the opportunity for a ride. Jay was a hard worker his whole life. He owned multiple businesses throughout his life, one of the latter being a concrete business where he taught Kelly and Troy the value of hard work. Jay was a wonderful example to the world on being a husband, son, brother, father, and grandfather He always tried his best to teach those around him to care for each other, to be kind and to show love to those for whom they care. He was tough on his kids, but oh so proud of them! He had a tender place in his heart for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was very supportive, and often traveled to support their extracurricular activities. But his greatest love was his “Honey”, Kathy. He often spoke of how much he loved her and how grateful he was for the beautiful life she had given him. As he drew near the end of his life, he wanted to be by her side every minute of every day. He loved the way he felt being near her. Jay will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. Until we meet again, Pompo.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Esther and Cleofita; and one brother, Noah; daughter, Tisha; granddaughter, LaNae; and grandson, Bradley.

He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Kathy; daughter, Lori (Jeremy); sons, Curtis, Kelly (Melissa), Troy (Tekarri); 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; brothers Toby, Leo, Jimmy, Ernie, Eddie and Mike; sisters Cleo, JoAnn, Irene, Faye, Rosie, Shirley and Patsy.

The family would like to deeply thank the staff at Tender Care Hospice for their loving care of Jay, especially Lisa, Paulette and Stefanie.

The family will receive visitors at Valley View Funeral Home (4335 West 4100 South, WVC) on Thursday October 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. A graveside service will be held at Valley View Memorial Park on Friday October 30 at 1:00. Due to Covid restrictions, the family will hold a private funeral service.

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PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Viewing

    Thursday, October 29, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, October 30, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Private Funeral Service

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Donna French

October 29, 2020

We road motorcycles with Jay along with the Christian motorcycle group.
Jay was a wonderful man who had wonderful stories. He is special in our hearts. Mark and Donna French.

Frances, Francine, Xavier & Shawn Romero

October 29, 2020

So sorry for the loss of Uncle Jay. May he rest in peace. His family form near and far will be in our prayers. It had been a long time since the last time we had seen Uncle Jay but we would associate through Facebook. Love alway from his family from New Mexico.

Lori James

October 29, 2020

Jay was such a sweet man. I wish I had the opportunity to know him long ago, however over the last several years he was such a delight to talk to. You could tell how much love he shared with his sweet wife. Love you Kathy & to your family!

LaVon and Brian Hatch

October 29, 2020

Dear Kathy and family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have loved being friends and neighbors these many years!!
We are here for you please let us know how we can help in the future!!

Terry Simmons

October 28, 2020

Jay was a tender soul. It was a pleasure knowing him and watching his love for you, Kathy. What a great man to leave such a legacy of friends and family. RIP Jay!

Bev Taylor

October 28, 2020

My dear sweet sister & family,
My heart aches for you @ this time. I know how difficult it is to lose a companion 😥 but as you know the Lord loves you & will be with you always.
Please know that I will be there for you no
Matter what!!
I LOVE YOU TO THE ENDS
OF THE EARTH😇❤️😇
Bev Taylor

Andy & Tawnya Garcia

October 27, 2020

Kathy,
We want to tell you how THANKFUL we've been to get to know you and Jay. We appreciate your kind words and deeds and thoughtfulness you've shared with us. You've given us strength when we needed it most.
We hope you know you have friends and family out here that are sharing in your joys and pain. You are the strongest, kindest hearted person we know 🌷.
Jay,
Thank you for the prayers you've said and encouraging words you've shared with us. You seemed to know what we needed to hear at just the right time.
Hope you're back to riding your horses everyday 🐎. Ride my friend Ride until we see you again.
Love your grateful friends, Andy & Tawnya 💑.

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