Joseph (Joe) M. Salas, Sr. was born on March 19, 1955, in Calexico to Patricia and Simon Salas and passed away peacefully at his home on June 1, 2021, at the age of 66.
Joe is survived by his wife, Leila (Keller) Salas; five children, Joseph (Nikole) Salas, Jr., Jason Salas (Celeste Lopez), Coresta (Joe) Angelo, Joshua Salas (Mariana Gomez), Jeremy (Monique) Salas; eight grandchildren and four step-grandchildren: Charlotte, Axxle, Sydnee, Rhett, J’lynn, Ava, Elizabeth, Parker, Callie, Jeremy, Orion and Skylor-Phoenix; and his siblings, Jesse Salas (Ed Stoll), Georgia Salas, and Sam (Olga) Salas. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Johnny Salas.
Joe was a pure soul, who was endlessly loving, caring, and kindhearted. He greeted everyone with his infectious spirit and kind smile. He met every life challenge with a positive outlook and calm demeanor. He grew up in Watsonville and graduated in 1973 from Watsonville High School. Quickly following high school, he married his high school sweetheart – Leila Keller, and started a family. Joe is known by many as the butcher in town. He worked for Lucky’s Store and took pride in his trade until he retired in 2007. Prior to retirement, they opened the doors of Tri-County Trophy and Engraving. This local business allowed Joe to continue to work with the community and enjoy one of his favorite hobbies: working with his hands. When he wasn’t at the shop, he spent hours in his garage working on projects, helping others with their "fix-it" lists, and gave back to his community by volunteering with local youth organizations.
Joe was a loyal husband, father, and friend. His generous demeanor will be forever remembered and greatly missed by all who knew him. Rest in Paradise Joe! We love you, and you will not be forgotten.
Viewing will be held June 9th from 3 pm-9 pm at Mehl’s Colonial Chapel with a service at 7 pm. Graveside services and burial will Thursday, June 10th at 1 pm at Valley Public Cemetery, 2445 E. Lake Ave.
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