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Salvador J. Acuna

May 24, 1937 ~ December 29, 2018 (age 81)

Salvador J. Acuna, 81, passed away Dec. 29, 2018. A lifetime Puebloan he was born May 24, 1937 to the union of Jose A. and Dolores M. (Cortez) Acuna who precede him in death along with sister Domitila Acuna Montez. He served in the US Marine Corp. Sal was a hard- working and proud father, brother, uncle, grandfather and a tremendously loyal, loving and caring son. He retired from the CF & I after 31 years of service and sold insurance throughout Southern Colorado. Most knew him as a fiercely proud Marine and standout baseball and softball player for over 25 years. His exploits on the baseball field began as the catcher for Pueblo Central High School in 1954/55, then playing for the Jones Mortuary Semi-Pro Baseball organization during the 60’s and the Sal Acuna Angels in 1970. Of the many awards he received he was most proud of being named All District Semi -Pro catcher in State of Colorado in 1960, 64, and 65, his induction into the Southern Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1985, and his time with the Chicago White Sox Organization in 1959. Sal enjoyed teaching, and coaching his children, grandchildren and family friends and especially watching his children, grandchildren in their endeavors in their professional careers and of course on the baseball and softball field in Pueblo and throughout the country. He also loved to travel to Mexico to visit his family and religious pilgrimages to France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Mexico and Medjugorie, and Bosnia. He will be greatly missed but his spirit remains…! He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 57 years Dora M. (Jimenez) Acuna; children, Salvador J. Acuna, Alexander J. Acuna, Lisa M. Acuna, Edward ( Monica Gallegos) Acuna, Daniel A. (Iskra Merino) Acuna, Jesus J. ( Koralia DeLara) Acuna; grandchildren, Arriana ( Derion) Ibarra, Andres M. Acuna, Gali Y. Acuna , Aili Y. Acuna , Alexander J. Acuna Jr, Andrea Acuna, Aziel S. Acuna, Soraya J. Acuna; siblings, Senorina Gonzales and Eleanor Palomar, Rose Giron; former daughter-in-law, Aurora Martinez; other relatives and friends who will miss him dearly. Rosary 6 p.m. Wednesday, Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Thursday; both at St. Leander Catholic Church. Family will receive friends at Zaragoza Hall following the Mass. Inurnment Pikes Peak National Cemetery, Friday.

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