Luis Salazar


Luis Salazar


Luis Salazar

Luis Salazar- Ibarria, 63, of Billings, passed away Thursday, Nov. 10, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospital.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church (Church of Little Flower), 3411 Third Ave. S., Billings MT, 59101. Father Jose will be officiating.

Luis was born Aug. 19, 1954, in San Martin De Bolanos Jalisco, Mexico, to Odulio and Victoria Salazar. When Luis was 15, he decided to come to the United States by himself. He worked his way through the California fields until he moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where his passion for cooking took hold. Luis had many ups and downs in the restaurant business, but his determination and strong work ethic enabled him to fulfill his lifelong dream of owning his own restaurant and making people happy with his special creations. Don Luis restaurant was one of his biggest joys in life, as well as the dance floor downstairs in his building, where he could hold Mexican dance parties and dance the night away with his wife and daughters. He loved to host parties for everyone that he knew and always made sure everyone was having a good time. Luis always had an open seat at his Thanksgiving Day feasts, where everyone was welcome.

Luis is survived by his wife, Carmen Guerrero-Salazar; six daughters, four stepchildren and 16 grandchildren; and his father, Obdulio Salazar. He has many sisters and brothers who loved him deeply, as well as several nieces and nephew. He was preceded in death by his mother, Victoria Salazar- Ibarria, in 1987.

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18 thoughts on “Luis Salazar”

  1. Luis enriched the life of everyone he met. We are all better for having known him. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. You will be missed. Buena Suerte Amigo!

  2. Esther & Will Miller

    We will never forget the beautiful wedding of Luis and Carmen. Discovered his wonderful cooking many years ago next to Casy’s. So excited when we heard of Don Luis opening! May God comfort his loved ones left behind and fill you all with His peace. My heart breaks for you sweet Carmen…XO Will and Esther Miller

  3. Ms. Carmen and family: my thoughts and my prayers are for you and your family. I’m so sorry for your loss. My son/grandson, Tremaine, worked for you and Luis for a short time and I am thankful you offered him that opportunity (as you do other teens as well, which is great). May his joy and passion for his restaurant, family, special recipes and serving others always bring a smile to the family. Gods peace and comfort for you all, and may He be your strength. Condolences, Nancy

  4. Debra & Mike Dusenbury

    Oh, what a shock to open the paper tonight and see this unexpected news. Carmen and family we are so sad to learn of this…Our prayers are with you as you go through grieving the loss of Luis. May you be comforted by your many wonderful memories and the love God has for you. Look forward to giving you big hugs Tuesday. Love from Debra…and Mike, too

  5. Angela & Hugo Galle

    Dear Carmen and Family,
    We are so sadden by the sudden loss of Luis. He was such a wonderful man and it was always a pleasure running into him at the restaurant or around town. My God rest his hands on your shoulders and guide you through this devastating time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We love and miss all of you.

  6. Dear Carmen ,

    Don Luis was an inspiration in my life. He was like a brother to me . We had so many
    great times together . Me and my family will miss him very much we will always treasure
    deep in our hearts Don Luis his spirit will live within us forever..

    The gates of heaven have opened for a great man of god.

    Love Always

    Tomas Trujillo
    your brother.

  7. Don Luis Salazar – His dedication to family, friends and this community deserves great respect and admiration. My thoughts and prayers to Carmen and the family.

  8. Jan (cocktail waitress at VFW)
    There are no words to tell you how sorry I am for this sad news. My heart goes out to you and your family! I will always remember the two of you dancing and so enjoyed waiting on you both! Many prayers and thoughts for you today.

  9. Carmen, I’m so sorry to hear about Luis…I’m very sorry for your loss. You and your family have my prayers and condolences.

  10. We want the family of Don Luis to know that his restaurant is, and always will be, our most favorite in all of Billings. This is very sad news and we are heart broken for Carmen and their family. God bless you all in this very difficult time.

  11. Carmen and family – We are so sorry for your loss. It’s been a privilege to have known Luis and to have enjoyed his passion for great food all these years. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  12. To Lou’s family and friends. Prayers and warm thoughts are being sent your way! I worked with Lou at Cactus Creek when I was pregnant with my oldest son. Lou made the world’s best breakfast burrito and only a select few we’re lucky to get one. I of course got one every time, because Lou believed the pregnant lady was more deserving than any one else. His kindness, amazing cooking abilities and always smile will be greatly missed!

  13. Annita a I are very sorry to hear the news. We were glad to get to see you this last summer during our trip back from Arizona. Luis was a great contributor to his culture and profession. We are sorry for your loss.

  14. I have been away for a few months and tonight I just learned of luis. Very sorry to hear this news. I’m a fine connoisseur of mexican food and his was the best I ever had. God bless you carmen and the girls. He will be greatly missed

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