Yasser Andres Franco Salazar passed away on Sunday, June 26th, 2022, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the age of 41.
Andres was born on August 4th, 1980, in Chihuahua, Chihuahua to Jesus Felipe Franco Ruiz and Maria Guadalupe Salazar. His grandparents Giberto and Esperanza Franco (fraternal), and Jose and Dulce Salazar (maternal) were overjoyed to welcome him into the family. Andres’ early life was spent as the adored first grandson, surrounded by the love and care of his family, which included his eighteen aunts and uncles. Most of his childhood was spent in the United States, where his mother immigrated. However, in the short time that Andres lived in Chihuahua, his family recognized his happy fun nature and very strong character. From a young age Andres was brave, and he was always generous and kind, just as he was in adulthood.
Growing up in the United States, Andres learned several musical instruments including the piano and clarinet. He received a black belt in karate, and he enjoyed playing chess. He excelled at everything he attempted, and his hard work paid off when he attended a private school based on his advanced academic ability. As a young man Andres worked hard both academically and professionally. He began working at a young age, helping his family financially while completing his schooling. Andres graduated from Kansas City Kansas Community College in 1997. His strong work ethic was present throughout his life, and he always felt a strong sense of responsibility to serve and help his family however he could. Marisol and Gabriella, his sisters, can recall their brother caring for them and reminding them he was always there if they needed anything.
As a young adult Andres moved to the Santa Fe, NM to start his career. During that time, he met Christine Carrillo. They soon fell in love, and connected through their love of dancing. They were married, and started a family. The two spent 17 years together, as they raised their three daughters, working together to build a beautiful home. Andres could often be found cooking, working on home improvement projects, or showing off his smarts while teaching his daughters something new or giving fatherly advice. He had several hobbies, and he especially loved to sing to his daughters who loved him deeply and treasured those times. He made sure to enjoy every adventure, and he was always kidding around. Andres loved his family dearly and cared for them immensely.
Andres spent several years living in Albuquerque, NM. There he met Valerie Baca, and the two spent four years together in a loving and supportive relationship. Andres loved to travel, and Valerie was able to accompany him on vacations to Mexico to visit his family. He was also able to visit beaches in Mexico shortly before he passed. Andres was always a strong person, with a fighting spirit, and Valerie recalls a time when Andres showed great strength and bravery when he beat cancer and pushed through chemo therapy. His ability to love and persevere were always observed by those who loved him.
Andres worked as an electrician in Santa Fe and Albuquerque for over 20 years. He was known for his smile and charm. His intelligence, strength, and humor will be dearly missed. He worked hard to provide for his family and bring smiles to everyone. Andres is survived by his three daughters Kayla Carrillo, Krysta Salazar, and Kyra Salazar and their mother, his ex-wife, Christine Carrillo. He is also survived by his girlfriend, Valerie Baca, and his sisters Marisol Franco and Gabriella Martinez. He is preceded in death by his father, Jesus Felipe Franco Ruiz, and mother, Maria Guadalupe Salazar.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, July 28th commencing with praying of the rosary at 9:30 am, followed by A Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at Santa Maria De la Paz Catholic Parish, 11 College Ave, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508. Burial will proceed the mass at Rosario Cemetery, and the services will end with a meal, where guests are invited to join the family for a celebration of the departed’s beautiful life.
Please visit www.trujillofunerals.com to view the obituary and send condolences to the family. Condolence messages can be added at any time, and will remain up for the family to view forever. If desired, individuals may make memorial contributions at the following website https://gofund.me/f9c51dd4, or they can be sent to 2769 Willy Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507.
Arrangements entrusted to the caring professionals of:
TRUJILLO FAMILY FUNERAL HOME
110 Alvarado Drive SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108