Proud husband, father and grandfather, Leonard Salazar, was called to his heavenly home on June 11, 2022.
He graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1980 and became a highly respected and successful salesman for 40 years throughout northern New Mexico. Member of the parish of Notre-Dame des Douleurs, he was mayor.
He had a robust, infectious laugh that filled the room and will be remembered by all who knew him forever. A true extrovert, he befriended everyone he met and lived his life to the fullest venturing into the outdoors as an avid skier, hunter, fisherman and golfer.
Born June 1, 1962 to accomplished entertainers Max ‘Wilfred’ and Guadalupe ‘Lupe’ Salazar (both deceased) in Las Vegas, NM Leonard married the love of his life, Loretta Griego, on February 14, 1981. He found his greatest joy when he was surrounded by his family, and he was blessed with three children and 10 grandchildren.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Loretta Salazar; children, Antoinette Dewhirst (Edwin), Amanda Salazar, Andrew Salazar (Leonor); grandchildren, Allen Vasquez, Ezra Dewhirst, Elias Dewhirst, Amaris Otero, Aliana Otero, Azzareya Otero, Adela Salazar, John Andrew Salazar II, Ulises Salazar and Ana Salazar; brother Roberto Salazar (Daniel Rubio); father and stepmother, Johnny and Martha Griego; brothers-in-law, Lucas Griego (Lisa) and Matt Griego (Vange); uncle Mike Gallegos (Roseanne); aunts, Margaret Fox, Cecilia Samaripa (Brian), Elizabeth Skeen (David) and Isabel Gallegos.
He is predeceased by his son-in-law Anthony Otero.
The family expresses their gratitude to Fresenius Kidney Care, Dialysis Center for their care and compassion, as well as Dr. Michael Lopez and staff.
The services will take place at the parish of Our Lady of Sorrows – Rosary: Monday, June 20, 2022 at 7 p.m., mass: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 9 a.m. with Father Rob Yaksich as celebrant.
Interment will follow at St. Anthonys Cemetery in Las Vegas, NM with the following pallbearers, Roberto Salazar Matt Griego Alejandro Salazar Michael Griego Victor Valdez Joseph Lucero Tony Cordova and Robbie Duran.
Honorary bearers, John Andrew Salazar II, Allen Vasquez, Ulises Salazar, Ezra Dewhirst and Elias Dewhirst.
Arrangements are entrusted to and in the custody of Rogers Mortuary, 600 Reynolds Ave., Las Vegas, NM 87701, 505-425-3511 or 1-800-479-3511.
Please visit our website online www.rogersmortuarynm.com to sign the online register.