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Rogelio Salguero Mendoza

Rogelio Salguero Mendoza, age 63, of Hatfield, Arkansas, died Sunday, January 14, 2024, at CHI St. Vincent Medical Center in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was born on Monday, May 23, 1960, to Salvador Salguero Gutierrez and Maria Trinidad Mendoza Ceja in Zacapu, Michoacán, Mexico.

My father was a man who always seemed to walk with his dignity and pride on his shoulders. He always had a charisma about him, in every step he took! He was someone who could be as fierce as a tiger yet always, so welcoming with an open heart. He was never one to back down from a challenge, or fear what’s around the corner, he loved to explore the unknown. He loved getting out to see new places and faces, but nature was his true wonderland you could say. He used to share many stories just sitting around a nice woodburning stove, a nice drink in hand. Him and his dog would go for a run up the mountain to go quail hunting, or how he became the fastest swimmer on his swim team. As well as so many more memories about how he would help his mother and father around the small farm they had, truly family was what he cared most about.

I have thousands of great memories with him, like when I hid in the floorboard of the back seat of his car and waited till he was halfway to work to give him the perfect jump scare. After being scared and laughing it off he called his boss to let them know he was taking me back, and he would be on his way. His ability to make any situation into a good time was unlike any other, it was just a natural thing to make everyone smile. Its qualities like that, that make my father the amazing person he was with the amazing memories that he made for everyone to remember him by.

They say, “Death leaves heartache no one can heal, but love leaves a memory no one can steal.” For me that applies whole heartedly to my dad, he is someone everyone could love and make memories with so easily. My father could always make the best of times when he was around, he always wanted to see everyone with a smile.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and his loving wife, Letha Darlene Salguero.

Rogelio is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Rogelio and Tasha Salguero of Mena; one daughter-in-law Misty Richardson; four grandchildren, Zayden, Annalis and Myla Salguero and Anthony Beasley; one sister and four brothers, Maria Cruz Sagrario Salguero, Salvador Salguero Mendoza, Alejandro Salguero Mendoza, Hector Salguero Mendoza, and Martin Salguero Mendoza; numerous nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and good friends.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. at the Church of Christ in Smithville, OK. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

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