Michael I. Salazar
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Michael I. Salazar
  • September 9, 1922 - May 23, 2017
  • Houston, Texas

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Michael Ismael Salazar born in San Antonio, Texas on September 9, 1922 passed away peacefully May 23, 2017 with his wife and family by his side.

Mike was part of America's greatest generation and a life long Texan. He was an Army Airforceman flying 32 missions over Germany. His first overseas travel was at the young age of 19 in the belly of a B-17 Flying Fortress during WWII. In addition to flying multiple bombing missions over Germany he took part in the very first day time bombing runs over Germany. He had an airman's good looks and the nerves of a Matador. Although in his more private moments he would tell you he was scared to death and prayed before each run to make it back to the shores of Britain safe. On one such run their plane was badly damaged and the pilot told the crew to jump to safety. Mike didn't budge and stayed with the pilot and plane. Ultimately their plane landed on the Straits of Dover on its belly with no landing gear to be found. He later recounted that "no way in hell was he jumping into the frigid cold waters of the English Channel".

After Mike's return from the war he made a life long career as the paint shop foreman for Chuck Davis Chevrolet of Houston. It wasn't until the year 1955 that Mike finally met the one true love of his life, Selma Amabelli Lopez, in Mexico City. After a very short letter writing campaign between Houston and Mexico City, Mike wasted no time and proposed and married Selma. That one fateful decision set the course for the Salazar/Lopez families to grow into the multi-generational loving family that exists today. Nothing made him prouder than his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to his infectious laugh and welcoming demeanor Mike was an accomplished golfer who won many Houston citywide golf tournaments. He could be found around town teeing off at the first sign of light and knew every head pro from Houston to the coast. Let's just say there were many complimentary rounds for his sons and son's in-law wherever he played.

Mike was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, proud WWII Veteran and friend to many. He is survived in death by his devoted wife of 60 years Selma, children, Fred Salazar and partner Linda Grasso; Anthony Salazar and wife Rebeca, Gigi Ragan and husband Tim; Monica Hamer and husband David, sister Annie Allison; and preceded in death by his loving son Michael Anthony, great-grand daughter Amelia, brothers Alfred and Victor . He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Deanna, Stephen, Amber, Beau, Jessica, Andrea, Michelle, Nicholas, Bianca, Michael, Jessi and great-grandchildren; Ethan, Eva, Beck, Landon, Audrey. Well done Mike on a life well lived! You have so much to be proud of and you are so loved!

John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have ever lasting life. We believe!

A visitation will be held Friday, May 26, 2017 beginning at 5:00pm, with a Rosary at 7:00 pm at St. Ambrose Catholic Church. A celebration mass of Mike's life will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, May 27, 2017 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church.