Salvador Garcia Garcia, 92, a lifelong resident of Avondale and Litchfield Park, passed away at Hospice of the Valley-Coronado Home in Phoenix on December 5, 2011. Salvador was born in Miami, Arizona on November 9, 1919 to Salvador and Paula Garcia. He moved to Litchfield Park at an early age, where he lived and was raised by his Tia Martinita. In 1944, Salvador met Ms. Esperanza Salazar, and on January 13, 1945, he took her hand in marriage. Salavador and Esperanza enjoyed a union of 66 years of marriage together. Salvador was employed at the J.G. Boswell Cotton Mill. They later relocated to Avondale where he found employment as a maintenance technician for Maricopa County, until he reached his retirement.
Salvador had many passions in life. He enjoyed many sports but football was his favorite. In his years, one of his favorite past times was dancing to big band music, Glenn Miller, being his favorite. His favorite song was 'In the Mood'. Another favorite song of his was Corrido de Caballo, sung by Antonio Aguilar. Of his favorite foods, Salvador enjoyed menudo and cosido, while washing it down with "sodi water". Salvador did enjoy his ice cream, and it was not uncommon to find him out in front of the house on a hot summer day, stopping the "paleta man".
Salvador was a passionate member of his church, St. John Vianney. He was one of the founding builders of the church parish, where he was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and Cursillos. Salvador also enjoyed his Sunday trips to South Phoenix to visit the church, San Martin de Pobles, in honor of his most favorite saint.
Salvador had a humble responsibility of being the family member that understood the children so much that when troubled, they would stay with him until their issues were resolved. Salvador loved his family, and his favorite family past time was seeing his grandkids and serenading with "Deep in the Heart of Texas".
In the wee hours of December 5, surrounded by his loving family, Salvador went home to be with his Lord. He had lived a long life, and is assured a seat at the right hand of God, and as Salvador probably would have said, "I reckon' it's time".
Salvador is preceded in death by his parents, Salvador and Paula; and his brothers, Manuel and Lucio. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Esperanza; his daughters, Margie Morales, Brijida Villasana and Paula Garcia; his son, Salvador Garcia; his sister, Carmen Valdez Valdez; 11 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on December 9 from 9:00am-11:00am at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, with a rosary being recited at 10:30am. Funeral Mass will follow the visitation starting at 11:00am, with Father Paul Ybarra officiating. Committal service will be held at a later date at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale.
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