George Salazar, 77, passed away on October 2, 2020, after complications from a massive stroke. George was born on November 15, 1942, in Garland, Utah to Leonardo and Gertrude Salazar of Garland, Utah. George's parents passed away when he was a teenager. Unfortunately, George learned the reality of being homeless at a very young age. George's life story epitomizes the "American Dream". George worked numerous jobs in order to make ends meet and survive. He worked at Bradshaw's Auto Parts store, trimmed bushes, and did yard work, and any other job that he could find. After several years of hard work and persistence, George earned his high school diploma. George's fortunes turned when he met a 4 Star General at the University of Utah that motivated him to attend college.
George earned his Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of Utah. Shortly after graduating, George took a job as a youth counselor for the State of Utah. Immediately, George touched and changed the lives of so many young people. For George, counseling the youth included a complete commitment to them. He worked seven days a week or whatever it took to make a difference. Later in life, George decided to leave the counseling world and he was hired by the Salt Lake County Assessor's Office. George worked as a Real Property Specialist and was an outstanding employee for the Assessor's Office for 25 years.
George was a "True Christian" living the life every day. George was never too busy to help a neighbor, the elderly, or anyone that needed help. George had a heart of gold. He also loved animals. He took care of sheep, his dogs, and even the stray cats in the neighborhood that needed a home. George's work ethic was so evident. In fact, George was maintaining his very large yard as well as moving irrigation sprinklers until the day he died. George also loved gardening and he always grew the best produce in the neighborhood. George was a very proud fan of the University of Utah. Before he retired, George often attended the University of Utah football and basketball games.
George is survived by his siblings Pauline and Leonard as well as many nieces, nephews, and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters Petra, Lola, Suzanne, and Helen.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 10:00 AM Friday, October 9, 2020, at the Fairview Cemetery, Fairview, (Preston) Idaho under the direction of the Franklin County Funeral Home, Preston, Idaho.
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"I thought the world of George.I worked with him for years at Wal-Mart. He was one of the kindest, sweetest and most caring people I know. His work ethic was second to none. I feel blessed to have known him and happy to call him my friend. May he Rest In Peace."
"From the day I met him, George was a friend. He always showed kindness towards myself and the others around me. George will be greatly missed. May George Rest In Peace."
"I worked with George at the North Logan Walmart for the passed 8 years. He always had a smile on his face and was always willing to lend a helping hand to his fellow coworkers and the customers. May George rest in Peace. George you will be greatly missed."
"Prayers for the family, He was a gentle soul and a caring friend. I worked at Walmart for seven years. He always beat me at saying hello. When time allowed, we would have fun chats. He had my respect.RIP my friend. God bless.??????"
"George was a very close friend with my oldest son Chris. He worked with him at the Salt Lake County Assessors for many years. Chris and George stayed friends even after George retired. He will be missed by the entire Stavros family. May his memory be everlasting."
"So unexpected and still hard to believe uncle George. I will forever be thankful for our time spent together through the many years. We had some great talks but more importantly, some fun laughs. Rest in love uncle George....you will never be forgotten and I'm sure going to miss you. GodSpeed...."
"Oh uncle George how I will miss you and your laugh and sad to know I will never see you again. I will also miss your sweet Xmas cards you sent every year without a doubt. You will be truly missed. Hope you are with the angels your sisters and having a wonderful time in heaven. Love your niece Chris"
"My heart is heavy with sadness with the sudden passing of my uncle George. I will miss coming out to see you in Preston so that we can all catch up on each other's lives, eating at the chuck-o-Rama or wherever else sounded good. I will miss calling you and your phone never being on, so it would take a few days to get hold of you. I will forever cherish all the great memories and miss my yearly Christmas card from you.
May you Rest In Peace uncle ?
"I worked with George at Walmart. He was an incredibly hard worker and had the most wonderful smile! I always loved the opportunity to make him laugh! You will be missed George! "
"George was so good! He was kind and sweet and always lifting others. I appreciated his positive outlook and concern for others. What a wonderful example to the rest of us!"
"I worked with George at Walmart and he was a very energetic and hard worker. He would push himself to the limit. He was very outgoing and now me and George will never be able to take out trip out to Wendover, Nevada. I enjoyed his friendship and will miss him."