Raymond "Gumbi" Salazar


The Salazar family has come together to ask for your help so we may lay our father Raymond Dennis "Gumbi" Salazar to rest.

Throughout his 71 years of life his accomplishments are unmatched.  Retired as a Parole officer for the Arizona Department of Corrections after 38 years of service, a member of the Governing Board at Chicanos Por La Causa, a member of the Knights of Columbus Organization through the Diocese of Phoenix. 

A part of the National Latinos Peace Officer Association Family. 

Known musically as Gumbi; he sang salsa, cumbia, old school, and other genres of music with some of the most well known bands including Blue Society, Gumbi and the Latin Image, Powerdrive, and Breaking Point just to name a few throughout his life.

He was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer in December 2019. He kept up with his doctor visits and even started treatment recently.  Then suddenly the COVID-19 pandemic spread like wildfire in our state and somehow he became infected.  He quickly deteriorated and ended up in the hospital.  He fought with everything he could, but the good Lord called him home on Saturday April 18th, 2020.  The same day he & his wife would have celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 40 years Alice, his children Raymond (Janet), Mark, and Angela (Joseph), his grandchildren Dominic, Julianna, Malia, Greyson, Mathyus, Samara & Nadia.

He will be deeply missed. Until we meet again to welcome us home.

If you have the means to help all donations will be accepted at:

Arizona Federal Credit Union
Account #10106153

If you prefer to send a check please make it out to:

Alice Salazar

7865 W. Krall St.
Glendale, AZ 85303

Our sincerest appreciation!

Due to COVID-19 restrictions immediate family will be placing Gumbi to rest. Please know at a later date. We will be having a celebration of Life in his memory for all to come when we are no longer under restrictions.

Thank you.

Arizona National Latino Peace Officers