Donald Salazar, 56, a Santa Fe attorney who was one
of four new members named to the UNM Board of Regents in January
by Gov. Bill Richardson, has died of cancer.
Salazar earned his law degree from the University of California
at Berkeley in 1972. He was a law clerk for the New Mexico Supreme
Court before he began his career specializing in administrative
and regulatory law.
He was active with the New Mexico Bar Association, and the
Hispanic Bar Association and was president of the 1st Judicial
Salazar served on numerous civic and cultural organizations,
including the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, Las Golondrinas
Museum, Santa Fe Economic Development, Inc., Santa Fe Chamber
of Commerce, United Way and the First National Bank of Santa
Fe Board of Directors.
“Serving on the Board of Regents was very important to him,
and it was very obvious from the beginning that he had a deep
love for the University. His counsel and effort will certainly
be missed,” said Larry Willard, President of the UNM Board of
Fellow Regent Jamie Koch, who was named to the UNM Board at
the same time as Salazar and who carpooled with him to meetings
of the Regents, said, “He was very excited to be a Regent. He
was very dedicated. If he said he was going to do something,
there was no doubt he would do it.”
Salazar is survived by his wife, Bergit; children, Auben and
Paul; mother, Carmelita Salazar; brothers, Michael Salazar and
Frank Salazar; sister, Barbara Jaynes and husband, Ron, brother,
Richard Salazar and wife, Eva Behrens, and brother David Salazar.
In lieu of flowers, the family asked that contributions be
made to Rancho de las Golondrinas Museum, La Cienega, NM.