Ladislado "Layo" B. SalazarJune 27, 1932 ~ May 22, 2017 (age 84)
Our beloved father Ladislado “Layo” B. Salazar was welcomed into the kingdom of Heaven to be reunited with the lord and his beloved wife on Monday, May 22, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Layo was born on June 27, 1932 in Edinburg, TX the son of Florentina (Badillo) and Jose Pascual Salazar. As a young boy he grew up in el barrio, El Tulé "Tully Town", where he met the love of his life, Teresa "Tere" De Jesus Alvarez. They were married on March 10, 1950 in Texas.
Layo and Tere started their family in Texas. The Salazar family traveled back and forth between Texas and Washington until they finally settled in Crewport, a small migrant settlement near Granger, WA in 1960. Shortly after, the Salazar family moved from Crewport into a small house, "La Casita" on E. B St. in Granger. In 1970, Layo built their home on West Blvd where they raised their family and he resided until his passing. Layo worked as a migrant farm laborer helping local farmers harvest their crops. In addition, he was a truck driver for his father's trucking company, J.P. Salazar Trucking. Lastly, Layo was co-owner of El Tampico, in Toppenish, WA, for 25 years.
As a proud Tejano, Layo enjoyed listening to Tex-Mex music, wearing his cowboy boots and hat, and bolo tie. His Tejano pride and outgoing personality was the reason for his involvement in many local community clubs. Layo was a prominent member of the Mutualista Club in Granger, WA and Fraternal Order of Eagles in Toppenish, WA.
Some of Layo's favorite hobbies included taking care of his home, his cars and his dogs. He also enjoyed sitting in his favorite recliner watching TV. Layo took significant pride in his home and maintaining it. He was always fixing something, whether it be a door, a window, or just keeping his home nice and tidy. He was also very insistent on having his grandsons mow his lawn weekly and watered it daily to keep it luscious and green.
Layo was a dog lover, especially to his dog Cindy Lou. She became his companion after the passing of his beloved wife. He enjoyed her company immensely. She followed him around everywhere. He took really good care of her and always made sure she was warm, fed and routinely groomed.
He had a passion for cars. One of his most cherished treasures was his red 1964 Chevrolet Bel Air wagon. He loved taking time to wash and detail it. His car was always immaculate. The reason his wagon was so special to him was because he got to spend time working on it and driving it with his sons and grandsons. Everyone in the community knew where Layo was at, whether parked at the post office, under a tree or at Conoco by the wagons he drove. Layo was a very friendly man and enjoyed roaming around town socializing with members of the community.
Towards the end Layo enjoyed sitting in his favorite recliner watching classic Western movies and shows along with rooting for his favorite sports teams, the Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees. He also enjoyed watching his favorite basketball players Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
Above all, his most prized possession was his family. His love was evident in how he always lent out a helping hand to a family member in need. His family could always rely on him. Most importantly he was always eager to take part in family celebrations because he loved to see how his family grew over the years. He was loved and adored by his beautiful family and will be dearly missed always and forever.
Layo was survived by his children Delia (Manuel) Garza, Ladislado Jr. (Lupe) Salazar, Rosalinda Torres, Juanita (Ramon) Rodriguez, Flora (Augustin) Rodriguez, Virginia Dominguez, Alfredo Salazar, Ervy Salazar, Elva Miranda, Art (Angie) Salazar, Cynthia (Rene) Garza, Anselmo Jr. (Dolores) Cantu, and Terri (Sean) Golob. Twenty nine grandchildren, sixty six great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren. Three sisters, Margarita Garcia of Granger, Enedina Castilleja of Texas, Refugia Botello of Yakima. Four brothers, Art Salazar of Seattle, Frank Salazar of Walla Walla, Jose Salazar of Kennewick, and Ricardo Salazar of Israel. He was preceded in death by his parents, Florentina and Jose Salazar; wife Teresa De Jesus Salazar; brothers Indalecio Salazar and Pepe Salazar; sisters Beatriz Cantu and Aurora Salazar.
Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, May 29, 2017 from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. with recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Sunnyside, WA. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Granger, WA with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, WA. Those wishing to sign Layo’s online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Smith Funeral Homes in care of arrangements.