1998 Inductee - Salvador Torres


1998 Inductee - Salvador Torres

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998

One of the purposes of this Hall of Fame is to provide role models. It would be difficult to find a better role model than the late Salvador Torres. Sal, as he was called, was a successful businessman, instrumental in local politics, worked hard for his church, helped the needy, and was supportive of education and his culture.

Sal supported numerous politicians. He often walked the streets of South Stockton, helping get the vote out for Hispanic candidates. In recent years he was treasurer for two of Jose Bernardo’s runs for the Stockton Unified School District Board of Trustees. He was also a member of the San Joaquin Development Council. As president of the Latin American Club in 1977, he helped LULAC start a community nutritional program. “If Sal had not gotten the nutritional program going, chances are that it would have never come to fruition,” claims Octaviano Estrada.

For St. George’s Church, he must have seemed to be an angel. He was a tremendous help at annual bazaars. “One could always find Sal working on a variety of jobs from selling food in booths to cleaning up after the functions were over. He was the entertainment chairperson and helped to organize dances, music, raffles and a variety of other activities to raise funds for the school and the church,” remembers Gracie Madrid.

“He was a hardworking, honest, caring person who had a very good sense of humor, recalls his friend, Art Madrid. Sal was a member of the Diocese school board, the church council and the PTA president. Sal was also on the board for UOP’s Community Involvement Program, which has helped hundreds of Stockton’s minority students get into and graduate from UOP.

One of Sal’s greatest joys was golf. According to his wife, Esperanza, Sal would disappear to the golf course after work and at five o’clock in the morning on weekends. He found golf relaxing after a hard week at the job at Empire State Jewelry and Loan, which he bought in 1979 after working there for 31 years. He became president of the Pajaritos Golf Club. He was also the first commander and one of the first founders of the Quinones/Becerra Post No. 402.

Salvador died of cancer on November 3, 1994.