Robert Donald Salinovich born 08-11-33 in Marlboro, New York to Cecelia St. John and George Salinovich. Robert aka "Bob" was twice married, first to Jan Murphy and fathered six children,
David, Tim, Robert, Ruth, Cecelia and Michael. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Mary Ann M. Salinovich. They were married 9-18-82 in Aromas, California and together they raised Mary Ann's twin sons, Cory and Scott Buchanan, from age 6, he was known as "Uncle Bob" to the twins. They lived in Watsonville and Salinas until moving to Sacramento in 1991.
Bob served in the Marine Corps for 4 years and 2 years as a Reserve. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant, and served in the Korean Conflict. He received the National Service Medal and Exemplary Service Awards for his work as a Wireman in the field.
Bob attended Pine Plains High School and was a Star Athlete and Awards Winner for Basketball, Baseball and Football. He attended New Paltz State Teacher's College and majored in History.
Bob upon discharge went to work as an Installer for Pacific Telephone in San Diego as an Installer and then went to work for ITT at Vandenberg AFB as an Engineer and was elevated to the Civilian Equivalent of Colonel during the Bay of Pigs conflict and the Kennedy Assasination in the 1960's. He then went back to work for Pacific Telephone, subsequently called, Pacific Bell, Southwestern Bell, SBC and finally AT&T and AT&T Wireless. He was a Cable Maintenance Manager, Installation Manager and finally General Manager in Sacramento when he also worked for Metromedia, also bought out by SBC.
Bob belonged to many Service Organizations at one time or another including the Rotary Club, Lions Club, Elks Club, Knights of Columbus, SIRS and Marine Corps League of Folsom. He also served as an Associate Chaplain at Folsom State Prison with St. John the Baptist Church for 5 years until his respiratory issues forced him to stop.
He and Mary Ann were also active in YACO and sang with Harmonija in Watsonville, an all Croatian Singing Group in 1980's. They also bowled in several bowling leagues and volunteered and were active in Marriage Encounter, Retrouvaille and Lecturing and Eucharistic Ministers at both Madonna del Sasso Parish in Salinas and St. John's in Folsom.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, 6 children, 2 Stepchildren, 16 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren. He is also survived by 13 neices and nephews. He is predeceased by his 6 siblings, Lillian, Ellen, John, George, Donald and Margaret.
He was a proud, resourceful, passionate and proud man who loved God, his Country and his family and many friends. We will always remember his sense of humor, sometimes "sick" sense of humor, his opinionated discussions and creative "projects" he was always working towards.
Donations in his name should be made to: Vitas Innovative Hospice Care
3841 N. Freeway Blvd.