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.