The Story of Joe Salazar
Hello my name is Joe and I was born in good old Garden City, Kansas to Jesus and Nora Salazar. I grew up with 4 brothers and 2 sisters and all of our first names start with the letter "J" (my moms idea). My siblings and I were raised in the church which made us who we are today. We learned to respect our elders and treat everyone as we wanted to be treated. My siblings and I are all different and unique in our own ways. To this day, I don’t know how my parents did it with so many of us. We were quite a handful.
Besides the paper route growing up, my first job started when I was 15 working for Pioneer. I remember the hot summer days in a corn field cross pollinating all day. It was there I learned what hard work meant. My parents instilled in us a work ethic that I still believe in today.
Graduation: Believe it or not I had no clue what I was going to do after graduation. Like most of us, I told myself I would figure it out during the Summer time. I just figured I would get a part time job and enroll in college the following semester. My parents were understanding so my dad helped me get a job at the local beef plant known as IBP.
The story of Laci Salazar
Hello, my name is Laci. I was born and raised in Garden City, Kansas to Ron and Melissa (Ohl) Leiker. My parents had 3 children. I am the youngest and only girl. We are each 4 years apart. Growing up with older brothers was fun, but I always secretly wanted a little sister. Thankfully we had a neighborhood full of kids to play with. It wasn’t unusual to find us outside riding our bikes, playing Hot Box or Hide and Seek until the sun went down. Growing up, my family spent many weekends at the lake. If we weren’t at the lake, our weekends were spent at the race track. As their little sister, I just went with the flow. I was always their biggest cheerleader and my parents' baby girl.
Some other fond memories I have growing up are summers spent in Denver for 2 weeks with my paternal grandparents, (and aunt, uncle and cousins) attending family reunions, Friday night sleepovers with my maternal grandparents, playing softball in the summers and road trips with my mom. I had a great childhood and have many people that love me. I hope to be able to give that kind of childhood to my future child/children.