Samuel Frescas Salinas Sep 25, 1954 — Jan 2, 2020
It is with great sadness we announce my husband Samuel (Sammy) Frescas Salinas has passed into the loving arms of our Lord on Jan 2, 2020. Sam was born on Sep 25, 1954 to Baudelio Salinas and Irene Frescas Salinas at Ventura County Hospital where it was he peacefully took his last breath.
Sam was a lifelong Oxnard resident and attended local schools. Growing up Sam was a great baseball player, playing on the Yankees Little League team with his brother Buddy making many homeruns and winning many trophies. The team photo has been immortalized in the "Mexican American Baseball in Ventura County" book and will be displayed in the Smithsonian Institute Museum and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown New York. In high school he ran track and played basketball, and continued to do so as an adult, running 10Ks with his brother Armando and playing basketball while employed with Northrop.
Sam was employed for Northrop in Newbury Park as an Autoclave Operator. He cured (as Sam says "cooked") the aircraft parts for the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, F-18 Tactical Fighter, and Boeing 747. Then he followed his lifelong love of music and became a DJ/KJ which he enjoyed most of all, meeting people who would become lifelong friends, entertaining people, enjoying his music, singing with the beautiful voice he was Blessed with, giving people large intros as he only knew how to do, and even introducing some couples that are together still.
There is a glorious celebration as Sam is welcomed by his loved ones who preceded him in death, his parents Baudelio and Irene Salinas, brother Alfonso Salinas, his sister Josie Salinas, and mother-in-law Mary Mizuno. Sam is survived to honor and celebrate his life by those who love him, his wife Betty Contreras Salinas, brothers Armando Sr (Mary) Salinas, Buddy (Mitzi) Salinas, Jimmy (Jeannette) Salinas, sisters Rosie (Louie) Lopez, Frances Berumen, his Brother from another Mother Mike (Norma) Bolish, brother in-laws Fred Berumen Sr, Kenneth (Kimberly Ann) Mizuno, Mark Mizuno, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends who he loved as family.
As a young child Sam was born with a love for music that would continue his entire life and a beautiful voice he would Bless so many with singing his favorite songs. He was a big personality who opened his heart up to people as if he had known them for years, had compliments for all, making him unforgettable. He was a kind loving man who honored and cared for his parents, and unselfishly helped me care for my Mother.
Sam and I were married on Dec 27, 1995 in Las Vegas and again in our Catholic faith on April 27, 1996 at Santa Clara Church in Oxnard. I was Blessed and honored to have Sam as my husband and soul mate, and the happiness we shared for 24 years. We loved each other, were devoted to each other, and enjoyed one another's company. As I write this obituary with blurred vision from my tears, I thank you my darling for your kindness, for always making me feel beautiful in your eyes, for making me laugh, for your serenades, and most of all, for always making me feel loved. On the morning you left your words comforted me when you said you'd be waiting for me. I will miss you, love you, and carry you in my heart and memories until we are united again. "Our hearts were knit together from the time that we first met, and memories were gathered that we will never forget. With many happy times gone by and others when we cried, I know that in this heart of mine, I'd marry you again."
You're welcome to wear Sam's favorite color turquoise to services. Flowers are not needed, there will not be a procession to the cemetery as Sam's wishes were to be cremated.
Tues Jan 14, 2020, 5pm-9pm, visitation and rosary at Perez Mortuary, 1347 Del Norte Road, Camarillo CA
Wed Jan 15, 2020, 10am, Mass at Santa Clara Church, 323 S. E Street, Oxnard CA