Jose Eugenio "Gene" Ruben Salazar of Grand Junction died Sept. 29, 2015, while visiting family in New Mexico.
He was born May 22, 1949, in Coyote, N.M., to Lydia (Ortega) and Jose Salazar. He lived in New Mexico until the family moved to Colorado in 1956. He attended schools in Delta and joined the Army in 1969.
He married Lynne Sandoval of Delta. They lived in Delta for many years until moving to Grand Junction where he lived until his death.
He was a career painter and electrician.
He enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports, the outdoors, fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with family and friends.
Mr. Salazar is survived by his wife, Lynne of Grand Junction; his children, Jason Salazar of Colorado Springs, Natisha Sexton and Joleen (Philip "Keko") Espinoza, all of Grand Junction, and Jose (Laticia) of Delta; 10 grandchildren; great-grandchildren, RaeLea, Ronlee, Wednesdae, Kaylie and Jayden; three step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; eight siblings, Raymond Salazar, Rose (John) Lovato of Grand Junction, Lucy Martinez, Fito Vigil, Fay (Victor) Moralez, Theresa (Alfred) Garcia, Mary (Nick) Moralez, and sister-in-law Ruth, all of Delta, Walter (Juanita) Salazar of Farmington, N.M.; and extended family.
He was preceded in death by two granddaughters, Aubrey Cockroft and Jada Espinoza; a sister, Mela and her husband Norman; a brother, Benny; two brothers-in-law, Frank and Orlando; and a sister-in-law, Corine.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m. at Jubilee Family Church, 483 30 Road in Grand Junction followed by a committal service at 1 p.m. at the Veterans Cemetery in Grand Junction.