Salvador B. Mercado

Salvador (Sal) B. Mercado passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home in Leadville. Mercado was born in Chandler on May 14, 1938, son of the late Manuel Mercado, Sr. and Ana (Valdez) Mercado.

Mercado grew up in Oak Creek and graduated from Oak Creek Union High School on May 20, 1958, today known as Soroco High School.  According to his family, Mercado was an excellent star athlete, quarterback of the football team a starter on the basketball team.

Mercado met and fell in love with the love of his life, Pearl Borroel while in school. They wed on April 10, 1960, and eventually settled in Leadville to build their family and home and to raise their three children, Peggy, David and Stephen.

After landing a job at the Climax Mine, Mercado would remain in Leadville for 23 years. Mercado subsequently worked at the Asarco Black Cloud Mine for several years before giving up his hard-rock mining career, eventually taking a job working for the Lake County Courthouse before retiring.

Mercado loved and enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, boating, playing horseshoes, the casinos, listening to his “Oldies” music and spending quality time with his family. Mercado loved to share his stories and jokes with friends and family. According to his family, Mercado was well loved in the community and by those who had the blessing of knowing him; he had a large heart and loved sharing it.

Mercado is survived by his daughter, Peggy (Ty) Wilson of Craig; two sons, Steve Mercado of Leadville and David (Tammy) Mercado of Florence; one sister, Virginia, and two half-sisters, Louisa and Ernestina of El Paso Texas; three grandchildren: Matthew (Amanda) Mercado, Stacy (Chad) Cown, Bryce Ponikvar (Brenda Stratemeyer); two step-grandchildren, Justin (Jaime) and Stephanie Alvidrez; two great-grandchildren: Carson and Brynnlee; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mercado is preceded in death by his parents, wife and several siblings.

Services will be held at the Oak Creek Cemetery in Oak Creek on August 15 at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow at the Oak Creek Park. Mercado will be laid to rest next to the love of his life, his wife Pearl.