Joel Salinas, 79, of Planada, California, died May 11, 2021 at his home surrounded by family. He was born on April 11, 1942 in Tamaulipas, Mexico. He is the son of the late Jose San Miguel and Lucinda Salinas San Miguel. He was the oldest of 6 siblings. He graduated with his associates degree in Automotive Technology from Merced College.
While he attended college, he supported his family by working as a farm laborer. After obtaining his degree, he worked as a mechanic at Rudy’s Mercedes Benz in Merced California for three years. Joel then purchased an auto repair shop which included a gas station. After many years of running that business, he purchased a local nightclub called Las Tres Palmas, which he owned and operated for eleven years. Joel ended his professional career by returning to the automotive industry and purchasing Planada Tires which was also an auto repair business. He retired at the age of sixty-one. He is survived by his wife Sylvia, son Joel Salinas, daughter and son-in-law Isabel and Douglas Gong, son and daughter-in-law Daniel and Jessica Salinas, and daughter and son-in-law Rosel Salinas and Jon Paul Ray, grandchildren, Pelin and Alaina Salinas, DJ, Bruce, and Sam Gong,
Prentice Salinas ,and Eden and Finley Ray. Joel was preceded in death by his siblings Socorro Fernandez, Obdulia Soto, Yolanda Lua, Palmira Torres, Jorge San Miguel, and Raymond San Miguel. Joel loved spending time with his family and friends, as well as listening to Mexican and Country Western music. He enjoyed being outside, gardening, and completing small home improvement projects. Joel loved baseball, he was a loyal fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was a doting “papa” to his eight grandchildren.
A service will be held on Wednesday June 2nd at Sacred Heart Church i n Planada, California. He will rest in eternal peace at Calvary Cemetery in Merced, California.
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