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Harry Salvador - November 10, 2009


Harry J. Salvador died at his home, Nov. 10, 2009 at the age of 84. Harry was born at Wages April 7, 1925 to H.E. “Elgin” and Alice Sperber Salvador.

He attended Wages school near the family home, and went to Haxtun High School. While staying in town, boarding with family friends, he worked at a restaurant after school. Harry loved to tell the story of how many dishes he did before cooking for the evening supper rush. Harry farmed with his father for several years after high school.

Harry married Mary Reynolds of Haxtun in 1945. They lived in the Wages community. Later they moved several miles west to a farm in the Clarkville community. He continued to reside there until his death. Four children were born to the couple, Darrell, Lauretta, Steven and Barbara. Darrell died as an infant.

Farming was a career he loved and continued to do until his health kept him off the combine this wheat harvest. However, he was still at the field going for parts or helping move equipment from one place to another. He was happiest out in the field, baling, swathing, working summerfallow or harvesting a crop. Part of his field work included doing custom farming for family and neighbors.

Harry and Mary began spending part of each winter in Arizona in 1973, and at one point were spending half of the year there. Harry continued to go to Arizona after Mary, his wife of 58 years, died in 2003. The many Arizona friends became a huge part of his life. He loved to have Colorado friends and family stop in to show them the sights. The Casa Grande ruins and the sky divers were must-see places to tour with all who came to see him.

Harry was a 56-year member of the Masonic Lodge A.F.&A.M. He held many offices including Master. Harry belonged to the Colorado Consistory. The Masonic scholarship fund was dear to his heart, and he encouraged all to support it. Harry served as Worthy Patron of Haxtun and Holyoke Chapters of Order of Eastern Star. He was a Rainbow Dad and on the advisory board for Rainbow girls while his daughters were in Rainbow.

Harry was a 50+ year member of the Methodist Church. The Wages Fire Department was another of his passions. Later he became an Honorary Fireman. He appreciated the hard work and training they received in order to help when there was a fire. Because of their quick response, they saved his home from complete destruction in May of 2007.

Harry was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; parents, Elgin and Alice Salvador; son, Darrell; grandson, Lonnie Rueter; great-grandson, Jonathan Fugate; brother, Bill Salvador; sister-in-law, Jody Salvador; and son-in-law, Gary Gibbs.

He is survived by his daughter, Lauretta “Lauri” Gibbs; son, Steven and wife Pam; daughter, Barbara and husband Bill Holcomb; grandchildren, Tony and LeeAnn Thomas, Wade and Sharon Rueter, Kevin and Sherry Salvador, Cory and Bridget Holcomb, Robin and Jeff Fugate, Stacy Rueter, Mari and Jeremy Bredemeier, Chad and Marla Holcomb, Carisa and Ray Jorgensen and Colt Gibbs; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Frank and Janis (Jo) Salvador; aunt, Mary Newbanks; nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends.

Harry was dad and grandpa to many, many other people across Colorado and Arizona. His loving friendship enriched the lives of all he called family.

Services were held at the Haxtun Methodist Church Nov. 14. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home of Wray was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Harry J. Salvador Memorial Fund.