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11/12/1946 — 12/14/2022
From West Richland, WA
Rosary and Visitation
Richland, WA 99352
George Martin Salazar Sr. was a caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He left this world suddenly on December 14, 2022 at age 76.
He was born in Sunnyside, Washington on November 12, 1946 to Ramona and Rafael Salazar. Although George grew up in Granger, Washington, he enjoyed hanging out and cruising around the neighboring Lower Valley towns with friends and family. It was during one of these trips to Sunnyside, with his friends in tow, where he met the love of his life, Guadalupe Partida.
George and Lupe celebrated their commitment to each other by marrying on June 3, 1967. They soon moved to Seattle, Washington where George worked at The Boeing Company. In 1968 their son, George Martin Salazar Jr., was born. A few years later George, Lupe and their son relocated to Kennewick, Washington where George would begin his 40 year career with Battelle Pacific Northwest Labs and Hanford in Metallography and Ceramography. Soon they were joined by their daughter, Criselda Celine Salazar, who was born in 1972.
George’s interests ran long over the course of his life. He enjoyed drawing, cooking, collecting antiques, watching CNN and historical documentaries, reading comic books, hosting holiday celebrations with family, taking long drives in the countryside, wine tasting, and spending time working outdoors to create a beautifully landscaped yard for his family to enjoy.
However, George was most passionate about his family that he loved with all his being. He always gave his unconditional love to his wife, children, son-in-law, and grandchildren. He had a kind heart and was generous to a fault to those who crossed paths with him. George’s kind hearted nature also extended to his pets that he loved dearly and often called them his babies.
George truly was a living example of love, joy, and generosity. There are not enough words to express how deeply he will be missed by those who loved him or called him their friend.
George was predeceased by his father, Rafael Salazar, his mother, Ramona Salazar and his brother, Benjamin Salazar. He is survived by his wife, Guadalupe Salazar; his son, George Salazar Jr.; his two grandchildren, Sindri and Stella Salazar; his daughter, Criselda Salazar Headley (husband Gary); his brother, Ray (wife Janice) Salazar; his sisters, Natalia Salazar, Viola (husband Ramon) Mata, Alma (husband Alfredo) Garza, and Patricia (husband Armando) Plata.
Visitation will be held for George on December 21, 2022 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at Einan’s Sunset Gardens Event Center in Richland, Washington. A Rosary will also be performed during the visitation from 3:30 to 4:30 PM.
A Funeral Mass will be held for George on December 22, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Christ The King Catholic Church in Richland, Washington.
A reception will follow the Mass at the family’s home in West Richland, Washington.
My deepest sympathies to the Salazar family. George was a amazing man and friend. He will be greatly missed at the family gatherings. Treasure all the wonderful memories you have of him.
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To my aunt Lupe and cousins George and Crissy, I am sorry for your loss. Uncle George was a great person and uncle. I have many fond memories of him. I’ll never forget the day when uncle George gave Andy and I our very first comic book collection (we still have the comics!). I remember being so excited that day. Many years have passed, and that is a day I‘ll never forget. Uncle George will be missed.
My Uncle will be missed. I will always have my memories as a teen always spending so much time with him and the love of his life my Aunt Lupe. He left us too soon. I send my love and prayers always to the family.
So sorry to hear of George’s passing. I found him to be a kind and caring person who clearly loved you.
To the family of George Salazar, Sorry to hear about your loss. The world lost a good guy. I knew George through my brother Domingo. I always enjoyed visiting with George at family events and enjoyed his good nature and kind spirit. George sold me my first car, 1963 Chevy Impala, which always came up in are conversations, much appreciated George. RIP George