Henry Steven Salazar
May 11, 1928 - November 1, 2022
Henry was born in Allison, Colorado, and was one of 12 children of Manuel and Sinforosa Salazar. As a young boy, Henry moved with his parents around various communities in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Henry told many stories of fishing, hunting ice skating and riding the trains. His dad was a railroad foreman on the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, Chili Line, Durango - Silverton, the current Cumbres & Toltec Railroad. The Salazar family settled in Velarde, NM and Henry started high school and graduated from Espanola High. During that time, he developed a love for music and enjoyed playing various instruments, which landed him an opportunity to play at weddings, and funerals and other local events. As a teenager, he played trumpet and alto saxophone with Cippie Padilla and the Melody Kings. After graduating, Henry worked for Zia Company in Los Alamos and shortly after joined the Army. He was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. In 1951, he married his high school sweetheart June Martinez. After the service, Henry continued his education and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in accounting from the College of Santa Fe. His career in finance led him to working for the State of NM, Saint John’s College, the University of Albuquerque, Northern NM Community College, the office of NM Attorney General and the NM Department of Labor. After retirement he and June traveled the Country with their dogs exploring and making many friends across the US.
Henry is preceded in death by his wife June (Martinez), his parents, Manuel and Sinfarosa (Martinez) Salazar, his in-laws, Eli and Jennie (Pena) Martinez, his siblings Reyesita (Flavio Salazar) Salazar, Ruben (Rufina Roybal) Salazar , Joe (Celia Rael) Salazar, Adelaida Salazar, Alex (Stephie Duran) Salazar, Manuel II (Isabel Gutierrez)Salazar, Lyda (Joe Robert Byers), Gorgonio Salazar, Corrine (Johnny Gonzales).
Henry is survived by his daughters, Maye (Philip Rivera), Elizabeth (Mark Schlotfeldt). His brother Raymond (Evila Martinez) Salazar. Adopted brother Wayne Byers (Beatrice) Salazar, Grandchildren April (Brant Peterson), Denise (John Love) , Philip Eli Rivera, Lori (Rick Blair), Jenifer Schlotfeldt. His Great-Grandchildren Jaden, Erik and Sarah Love, Ava and Porter Peterson, Amber, Alan and Alex Blair. Many nieces and nephews including his godson Joe Nestor Salazar.
Thank you to Henry’s Caregivers, especially Xochitl, Geraldine, Jennifer, Arlene. The Sierra Vista Assisted Living Staff and Ambercare.
Rosary and Mass will be celebrated On November 23, 2022 starting at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Anne’s Church, 511 Alicia Street, Santa Fe, NM. Burial will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.