JOSE M. SALINAS
MARCH 12, 1948 – AUGUST 11, 2020
On August 11, 2020, Jose M. Salinas, lovingly known as “Pepe,” was drafted to serve in Heaven at the age of 72. Whether he was deployed in South Vietnam, taking care of his dying mother, or going on road trips, there was always another mission for this soldier until the time came when he earned his wings and was honorably discharged from this world.
Even after he left the military, Pepe continued to serve others as he volunteered for Christ the King Church, and helped local veterans through bucket brigades, and steak plate sales.
Always wearing a Vietnam Veteran or Dallas Cowboys hat, the most important cap Pepe wore was that of caregiver as he helped his family by listening to heartaches, fixing their homes and cars, or buying meat for carne asadas.
He did not marry or have children, but Pepe was a father figure to many nieces and nephews. He enjoyed adventures with them such as road trips to Michigan, California, Tyler, and Saginaw. Though he attended Paul McCartney and George Strait concerts, and saw the Dallas Cowboys in person multiple times, quiet moments at home with his trusty little ice chest were just as meaningful as his grand journeys because Pepe was surrounded by the people he loved.
Whether speaking to veterans, relatives, or neighbors, it was impossible for Pepe not to mention how proud he was of his beloved “children of the corn” Amy and Joey.
Meeting him at the gates of Heaven were his mother Melchora M. Salinas, father Juan C. Salinas, maternal grandfather Alonso Martinez, maternal grandmother Bonifacia Martinez, paternal grandfather Jose Salinas, and paternal grandmother Christina Salinas.
A carpenter by trade, the most meaningful thing Pepe built was the lasting impact he had on his loved ones. Left behind to continue the mission of spreading Pepe’s kindness and cheering for the Dallas Cowboys are his aunt Paula Peña, uncle Alfredo Peña, siblings Juan Salinas, Graciela Treviño, Christina Molina, sister-in-law Irma Salinas, brother-in-law Eduardo Treviño, and numerous nieces and nephews: Jose Roel Salinas, Sandra Salinas, Dahlia Salinas, Priscilla Chapa, Oliver Chapa Sr., Joanna Salinas, Omar Garcia, Eduardo Treviño Jr., Erika Reyna, Crystal Gonzalez, Joe Molina, Amy Molina, and so many more.
The family will be receiving condolences on Monday evening, August 24, 2020 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Joe Jackson Heights Funeral Chapels & Cremation Services, 719 Loring at Cortez; where a Vigil for the Deceased and Rosary will commence at 7 p.m.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday morning, August 25, 2020 departing at 9:40 a.m. from Joe Jackson Heights Funeral Chapels to Christ the King Catholic Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m.
Pallbearers will be: Joe Molina, Oliver Chapa Jr., Ricky Ramirez Jr., Daniel Mays, Omar Garcia, and Bryan Nunn.
Honorary Pallbearers are Juan Salinas, Eddie Treviño Sr., and Ruben Salinas.
Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at the Laredo City Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by Fort Sam Houston U.S. Army and the Local Post 59.
You may express your condolences, share your favorite memories, and sign the guestbook online at: www.joejacksonfuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of the funeral service professionals at Joe Jackson Heights Funeral Chapels & Cremation Services, 719 Loring at Cortez, Laredo, Texas 78040; (956)722-0001.