Knight of the Month – February 2012

Frank Salazar

Work ethic has never been an issue with Frank Salazar, our Deputy Grand Knight and the council’s Knight of the Month for February. Frank owned an auto parts export company in Waxahachie for almost 20 years. The business drastically changed following 9/11, and the political climate in one country that was one of his major customers (Venezuela, under Hugo Chavez) didn’t help things, either. So Frank sold the business in 2003 and retired. As many council members could tell you, he has hardly been a man of leisure since. Frank and wife Lourdes moved from Dallas to DeSoto in 1975, and Frank’s first activity at Holy Spirit was cooking a traditional Cuban dinner in the little kitchen adjacent to the Narthex. Frank is a proud grand-daddy these days. Daughter Barbara, and her husband Brian Hill, live in Arlington with children Audrey, Olivia, Evelyn and Asa. His son, Frank J. Salazar, and wife Susan have a daughter, Alexis. They live in south Florida, Which is where Frank entered the United States from Cuba as a young teen in 1962 as part of the Operation Peter Pan program organized by Miami’s Msgr. Bryan Walsh. Lourdes is also from Cuba, but they met in Dallas in 1971. They were married at St. Cecilia in north Oak Cliff before heading to DeSoto. The Salazars now live in Grand Prairie.