Joe Salazar Lopez, age 66, was called home on Thursday, May 28, 2020.
Joe was born on June 30, 1953, in Taylor, to Juan and Juana Lopez. He was raised in Thorndale and was a proud Thorndale Bulldog. He loved to sing, dance and spend time with his friends and family. His heart was always full and happy while singing in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Choir.
He married the love of his life, Hope, on July 18, 1970. He would dedicate the song “My Girl” at every function he got the chance to sing it or dance to with her in his arms. Together, they raised three beautiful children, Joe Anthony, Sonia and Jason. His family grew along the years.
Joe was proceeded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Salvador Martinez.
He is survived by his wife, Hope, of 50 years; his children, Joe Anthony and his wife Elsa, Sonia Gonzales and husband Michael, and Jason and his fiancée Patricia; grandchildren, Mikie, Matthew, Seth, Mariah, Clarisa, Elisa, Marcus, Cynthia, Eric, John and Brandon; 11 great grandchildren; three sisters, Macaria (Andrew) Gonzales, Delia (Bugs) Torres and Estella (Raymond) Barrios; longtime friend “like a brother,” John Hernandez; mother-in-law, Pauline Diaz; brothers-in-law, Arthur (Vera) Martinez, Roger Martinez, Rudy (Emily) Martinez and Marty (Marlena) Martinez; sisters-in-law, Ory (Jeff) Boney, Sophie (Perk) Hernandez and Debbie (Jimmy) Moya; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends
Visitation will be held Monday, June 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Providence Funeral Home, with a rosary beginning at 7 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 2, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Taylor. Burial will follow at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Cemetery in Taylor.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there is a limit of 40 people allowed at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. If you are unable to attend, funeral services will be live streamed via Our Lady of Guadalupe YouTube Channel and you are also invited to sign the online guestbook.