Akef Ishaq Salman

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Akef Ishaq Salman passed away Sunday, Sept. 11, at home, surrounded by family. He was 56 years old.

Akef was born Feb. 23, 1960, to Issaack Lutfiyya Salman and Azizeh Lutfiyya Salman in Jordan. He grew up in Isreal and came to the United States in 1979. Akef spent about four years in Nebraska and then settled in Albuquerque, N.M., where he married Sheila Smith; together they had two beautiful children, Isaac (18) and Ashley (20).

He married Carolyn Salman in April 2010 and, shortly after, moved to Pagosa Springs. In Pagosa, they own and operate Snips Hair Salon.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Salman; son and daughter Isaac and Ashley Salman; stepchildren: Andrew Dean, Charlotte Dean Avalos-Guerra, Levi Dean, Brennan Liming, Emily Martin and Audrey Martin; and his former spouse, Sheila.

Akef’s favorite things were betting on horse races, cooking amazing dishes, fishing and camping. He enjoyed the scenery and wildlife in Pagosa Springs and his dream was to own a thoroughbred race horse and a family restaurant.

Visitation was held at Hood Mortuary, Pagosa Springs Chapel, on Tuesday, Sept. 13. A funeral service was held Wednesday, Sept. 14, at CrossRoads Christian Fellowship, 1044 Park Ave., Pagosa Springs. Burial occurred at Hilltop Cemetery following services.