Longtime Alaska resident and beloved gourmet cook Chrisanto Ferman Salvador Sr. died Friday, June 6, 2003, at his home with family members present. He was 98.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Fellowship Church at Mile 8.5 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Pastor Rick Cupp will officiate. His cremated remains will be scattered on the Kenai River in a private ceremony.
Mr. Salvador was born in Aparri, Philippines, on June 25, 1904. He was a high school graduate. He came to the United States in 1930 and lived in Oregon in the 1940s and 1950s, where he was a farmer and restaurateur. He then moved to Seattle in 1951 where he worked as a chef at several restaurants.
In 1965, Mr. Salvador moved to Alaska where he worked on several platforms and several places, including the Captain Cook Hotel. He ran The Rig, Harborview and Larry's Club. His last place of employment was Paradisos Restaurant.
He also was affiliated with the Baha'is and was a member of the Moose Lodge.
Mr. Salvador loved cooking, fishing, gardening, hunting, clam digging, cards, bingo, boxing and wrestling.
"Family and friends will hold the dearest of memories of Chris. He was an extremely generous, kind-hearted man with a great sense of humor and lots of energy. He was also a hardworking man. He sincerely cared for others, always had a smile on his face and always made sure his guests had enough to eat. He was always willing to share a meal with others. Cooking up a big meal was a special time for family and friends to gather at the table as well as the chance to show off his gourmet cooking," his family said.
Mr. Salvador was preceded in death by sons, William and Maurice Salvador, and numerous relatives in the Philippines.
He is survived by sons and daughters, Timotea Salvador of the Philippines, Chris Jr. and Robert of Kenai, Len and Phil Salvador of Seattle, and Melody Morales of Seattle; numerous grandchildren; and many friends.
Memorial donations may be made to Kenai Fellowship Church, P.O. Box 538, Kenai, AK 99611 or flowers may be given in remembrance. Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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