Salomon Ramirez, 77, earned his wings on March 25, 2021. He is survived by his beloved wife: Mavy Ramirez; and his two children: Gabriel and Vanessa Ramirez.
Salomón was a Vietnam veteran, an Arizona State MBA, a proud American and Mexican immigrant - father, grandfather, brother, friend and padrino.
He embodied the border town of Nogales where he lived between Mexico and the United States – he was vibrant, spicy, and never scared to fight for what he believed in. Born in Nogales, Sonora Mexico to Salomón Ramirez and Angelica Acuña he immigrated to United States as a teenager. After graduating from Nogales High, Salomón ventured to Phoenix to attend Arizona State University and get a college degree on the persistent advice of a mentor of his in the lumbar yard where he worked.
A tireless worker Salomón would often tell stories of working in the mines in Superior while studying at ASU. He often reminisced with a debt of gratitude of the parents of friends in Phoenix who invited him over for warm meals as his daily college staples usually consisted of peanut butter and cold cuts.
Salomón worked hard for everything he had. Salomón built the house for his family with his own two hands. He grew up with an abundance of love as opposed to an abundance of money like many folks from his neighborhood. His son Gabriel recalled him telling a story of eating in the ASU cafeteria for the first time and seeing some cake out. He had asked one of the workers if it was their birthday today. The worker replied "no" and asked why. Salomón replied that his entire life had only ever seen cake at a birthday party.
Salomón's hard work paid off as he earned his BA in Construction Management and eventually a Masters in Business Administration from ASU.
On the campus of Arizona State he fell in love with and married Elisa Inez Rojas of Phoenix and together they had and raised two beautiful children - Gabriel and Vanessa.
After the passing of his beautiful wife, Salomon was fortunate to find love and laughter again in meeting Mavy Ramriez. They enjoyed the little things in life every day until his last breath.
Salomón'may your zest for life, and love for Mariachis and Bacanora forever live in our hearts. Our souls will meet again soon enough.