Arturo Salazar Rodriguez

Arturo Salazar Rodriguez

August 28, 1928 ~ June 27, 2021

Arturo was born in General Teran, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on August 28, 1928.  He was one of eight children, six boys and two girls.  He was the last of this large family.  In 1954 Arturo immigrated to the United States with his wife, Aida Lea Gonzalez Rodriguez, and their two young daughters, Esthela and Mary.  They lived in Lodi for 18 years, where their two sons were born, Mario and James.  In 1974 the family moved to Turlock where Arturo has lived  for 48 years.  He worked and retired in 1993 from the Hershey Chocolate Company in Oakdale, California.

Arturo was a very proud man and worked tirelessly to support his family and pursue “The  American Dream”.  One of his proudest moments was becoming a US Citizen in 1987.  He always displayed the American flag proudly.

He was predeceased in death by his wife, Aida Lea Gonzalez Rodriguez, and one granddaughter, Heidi D. McGarvey and survived by daughters, Esthela R. Guillen of Santa Rosa (Jose), Mary Frazer of Folsom (Stan), sons, Mario A. Rodriguez of Carmichael, and James A. Rodriguez of Granite Bay.

Arturo leaves behind 11 grandchildren: Wendi Dozler, Kandice Jessup, Jennifer Arntz, Kenneth Arntz, Eric Frazer, Lindsay VanLaningham, Michael Frazer,  Danielle Rodriguez, Nikki Rodriguez,  Kristina Rodriguez, and Mackenzie Rodriguez. He was also very proud of his 17 great grandchildren: Andrew, Christian, Micah, Hannah, Rachel Dozler; Maya, Max, Leia Vanlaningham; Maverick, Beau, Luke, Ella, Olivia Frazer; Henry, Charlotte Frazer; and Emelia and Ezra Hall.

Arturo loved cowboy hats, fancy boots and had a large collection of sunglasses and watches. He also loved his cars and ranchera music, especially the Alegres De Teran.  As one of our nephews said “grandpa was a legend” and he will be missed by all of his family and friends.

Rest in peace dad!

Visitation will be held at Allen Mortuary on Wednesday, July 7th from 5:00-7:00p.m. A small family service will also be at Allen Mortuary on Thursday, July 8th with interment to follow at Turlock Memorial Park. 

To view the livestream of the funeral on Thursday you may click the link below :

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  • Joseph Mirza July 4, 2021 9:29 pm

    May Arturo rest in peace he’ll be missed but not forgotten

    • Esthela July 7, 2021 5:09 pm

      Thank you Joe for being a nice helpful friend to dad. He always appreciated your knowledge and friendship.

  • Diana Hernandez July 7, 2021 5:05 am

    Arturo will always be remembered, may his soul be at peace, my condolences.

    • Esthela July 7, 2021 5:11 pm

      Thank you so much Diana!💕

  • Mario Rodriguez July 7, 2021 5:33 am

    Mi Papi

    My Daddy, Mi Papi

    Un Mexicano, An American

    My Provider, Muy Trabajador

    Inglés, Español

    Drove Cars, Monto Caballos

    Muchos relojes, Lots of hats

    Taste of wine, Cerveza fría,

    Muchos Tacos, Chinese food with hot peppers

    Earned dollars, Guardo su Plata

    Muchos perros, Muchos burros

    Amigos in Turlock, Familia en California y México

    Trabajo en los campos, Made Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

    Doble neumonía enero 2020, Double pneumonia June 2021.

    Adiós mi Papi y vaya con Dios


    • Esthela July 7, 2021 4:34 pm

      Love it💕

      • Mary Frazer July 7, 2021 10:04 pm

        My Papi was my rock! Brought us to America and did whatever work he had was offered to support our family. Always persevered, always positive, looking ahead, never complained, never gave up! I will miss our weekly shopping trips. Dinner dates & our daily phone calls! Keep on dancing to your Alegres de Teran music! Lo quiero mucho Papi Vaya con dioz! Carmina

    • Wendi July 7, 2021 4:57 pm

      So perfectly written Mario. Thank you for putting this into words. This Illustrates the grandfather I knew so well. I Love him and will miss him and all the ways he communicated with me over my lifetime. The joys of laughter and memories remain. I’m So blessed by all he and grandma did to give us the privileged lives we have been able to embark on in this great nation! He pursued and lived out the true American dream. I’m grateful and miss him. Your poem makes me smile and cry each time I read it! What a great hard working man he was! I speak of him and his personality often to my five. Dad speaks of him often and tells me stories of him and his life that i had never heard. He respected grandpa and loved him. I Love you Grandpa!! 💕.

    • Julie Sward Puryear July 9, 2021 5:37 pm

      Mario, I’m sure you don’t remember me but I was a friend of Mary’s in Lodi. I just wanted to tell you that your tribute is so wonderful and gives so much color to your Dad’s life. Heartfelt condolences to the family.

      • Mario Rodriguez July 10, 2021 3:33 am

        Hi Julie
        I very much remember you. Thank you for your kind words.

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