Epifanio C. Salazar of Provo, Utah, passed away at his home on Monday, February 23, 1998 at 8:40 a.m. of complications following a stroke, he has been in ill health since moving to Utah, three and one half years ago.
"Epi" was born November 18, 1908 in Espinoza, Colorado, a small settlement near Manassa. He was the younger of two sons born to Virginia Valdez and Jose Pablo Salazar.His only daughter, Lillie Stokes of Preston, Idaho, preceded him in death in January of 1994. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife of 62 years, Esther Trujillo Salazar, and one son, Richard, a member of the faculty at BYU; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. An infant great-granddaughter also preceded "Epi" in death.
He started work as a stock boy in the grocery department of Sargent Mercantile in Antonito, Colorado and became its manager some years later. He was active in scouting and served in the Antonito town council. He was inducted into the Navy in 1944 and served his country in San Diego, Sampson, New York, and the Great Lake Naval Station until the war ended. The family moved to Dayton, Ohio, where he obtained employment as an illustrator for Wright Patterson Air Force Base, retiring as a member of the Quarter Century Club. He began a study of languages and became an accomplished linguist. "Epi" served for five years as secretary-treasurer of the French club, "Alliance Francais." His fluency served him well on several trips to Europe. He learned a little Portuguese and Italian, then concentrated on German the past few years.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 26, 1998 at 11 a.m. in the Edgemont Ward Chapel, 3500 North 180 East in Provo. Friends may call Thursday one hour prior to the services at the ward chapel. Interment will be in the Orem City Cemetery. Services under the direction of Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary.
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