Services: Have been held.
Salomon A. Tapia, 77, of El Paso, Texas, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2003, in El Paso.
He was born on July 5, 1926, in La Masa de los Cobs, to Jose Isabel and Rufina Aragon Tapia. He was raised in Moriarty where he attended school. He married Eloisa Gallegos on May 6, 1946, in Villa Nueva. They lived in several different places in New Mexico and in 1948 they moved to Portales. He worked on dairy farms most of his life. In 1968 he purchased his own dairy farm north of Fargo, Okla. He continued to run the farm until his retirement in 1978. He married Betty Cox on Sept. 22, 1989. They made their home in El Paso, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jimmy; a grandson, Lance Marc Riley; two brothers, Esdrio and Benny Tapia; four sisters, Antonia Chavez, Cleo Tapia, Aurelia Chavez and Mela Cordova.
He is survived by his wife; his children, Emilio Tapia (and wife, Rita) of Albuquerque, Lucy Bruce (James) of Shattuck, Okla., Bobby Tapia (Minnie) of Woodward, Okla., Dot Stump (Tim) of Mutual, Okla., Mary Ann Earp (Steve) of Guymon, Okla., Leroy Tapia (Sandy) of Phoenix, Willie Tapia of Woodward, Okla., Felix Tapia of Albuquerque and Leonard Tapia (Kim) of Oklahoma City; 23 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Esdrio Tapia (Pauline) of Grants, Moises Tapia (Sadie) of Portales, Gabriel Tapia (Angie) of Clovis and Johnny Tapia of Portales; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Billings Funeral Home, 1621 Downs Avenue, Woodward, Ok. 73801.
Arrangements are by Billings Funeral Home of Woodward, Okla.