Michael Anthony Saldaña

September 4, 1957 - August 13, 2021

Michael Anthony Saldaña, 63, of Nederland, died, Friday, August 13, 2021, at Christus Southeast Texas – St. Elizabeth, Beaumont. He was born September 4, 1957, in Alexandria, Louisiana, to Juanita Lopez Saldaña and Louis Martin Saldaña.

Michael grew up in Nederland and graduated from Nederland High School in 1975. He joined Port Arthur Gulf Refinery in 1977 and continued at the refinery as an operator through numerous ownership and name changes. When the refinery later became Valero, he became a shift supervisor for the 843 Delayed Coking Unit/147 Atmospheric Vacuum Unit. Michael retired as a shift supervisor in 2017 after forty years of service.

In 1978, Michael married his high school sweetheart, Wendy, also known as “Nanny”. They were inseparable through nearly forty-three years of marriage. They shared a passion for all things cooking and were known for making chorizo and baking cookies to cooking the traditional Mexican dishes of mole and enchiladas, often served with Michael’s special recipe sangria wine. More recently, Michael became a beer aficionado, seeking out the region’s best craft beers. They were also avid animal lovers. They raised and adopted a menagerie of pet species from dogs, including Sheeba, Sally, Layla, and Bubby; birds, including Tweet, J, and K; and too many fish to count.

Michael was also an avid reader, game player, movie buff, and music lover. He became a Tolkien expert and enjoyed movies of all eras and genres from Star Wars; westerns, especially John Wayne films; and cinema classics like Ben Hur, The Ten Commandments, Godzilla, Planet of the Apes, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein. Michael also had an affinity for classic television series like The Andy Griffith Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Star Trek. When it came to music, he loved all genres going back to the 8-track and vinyl era. Different artists represented the passing phases of his life. He loved Elton John, cranking up Yellow Brick Road on 8-track in a 1972 Subaru. Michael shared his musical tastes with his siblings and the successive generations, tying in life’s lessons through classics like the Eagles’ Tequila Sunrise, Jerry Jeff Walker’s Pissin’ in the Wind, or Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. More recently, that tradition continued with his granddaughter, Katelin, every morning on the way to school through The Do Da Song by Toots and the Maytals and Cheeseburger in Paradise by Jimmy Buffett.

Throughout Michael and Wendy’s marriage they took care of numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. They were instrumental in laying the foundation for their success.

Michael was a devoted father and grandfather that tirelessly traveled across the region and country to attend dance recitals and events for his daughter, Amanda; dance, sports, and cheer events for his granddaughter, Katelin; and baseball games for his grandson, Jackson. He served as a key male role model for his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Wendy Ann Saldaña; daughter, Amanda Saldaña -Nichols, both of Nederland; grandchildren, Jackson and Katelin Nichols and Jasmine French; great-grandson, Jameson Nichols; siblings, Theresa Falcon and husband, Michael, of New Caney; Margarite R. Saldaña, of Houston; Martha Russell and husband, Billy, of Lufkin; Mark Saldaña and wife, Cindy, of Lufkin; Thomas Saldaña and wife, Chandra, of Houston; John Saldaña and partner, Marcel Vargas, of San Antonio; and Stephen Saldaña and fiancé, Jessie Mata, of Katy; brothers-in-law, Morris Montalvo and wife, Rene, of Groves and Fred Montalvo and wife, Jan, of Kansas; and sister-in-law, Lisa Bellow and husband, Danny, of Nederland.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Juanita and Louis Saldaña; and grandparents, Francisco and Basilia López and Antonio and Louisa Saldaña.

A gathering of Mr. Saldaña’s family and friends will be from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., Saturday, September 4, 2021, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland with his funeral service 10:00 a.m., at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 211 Hardy Avenue, Nederland. His interment will follow at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County. The family request for any attendees to please wear a mask.

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Nederland
  • 505, North 12th Street, Nederland, Texas, 77627,
  • September 4, 2021
  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Mass of Christian Burial

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
  • 211, Hardy Ave, Nederland, TX, 77627,
  • September 4, 2021
  • 10:00 am

Interment

Memory Gardens of Jefferson County
  • 3098, Highway 69 N, Nederland, TX, 77627,

Comments (8)

    Terry Smith says:

    Mike and I worked together for years, he was a blessing in my life as he was with every person he was around, I will miss our phone conversations that we have had since retirement. Wendy, Patti and I hope and pray you get better soon….

    George Sparks says:

    My deepest sympathies to the family of
    Michael, we were co-workers for years.
    Mostly we were friends, Michael was like
    a son to me I truly miss him! Sadly for me this day is one year anniversary of my wife’s death! My heart is with you all!!! May God Bless you ♥️

    Terry Smith says:

    I worked with Mike for most of 40 years, he was always a friend that I could talk to and I will miss our phone conversations we have had since retirement

    Peggy Macatangay says:

    My sincere condolences to the entire family. May the many happy memories and funny stories that I know this tight knit family has help you through this difficult time.

    Sara Cronin says:

    My condolences to the Saldana family. A beautiful and loving family! I’m honored to have had the opportunity to meet Michael. May the family find peace in knowing his life was well lived, and has left a legacy that will be cherished and honored through family and friends.

    Martha Santos says:

    I loved my cousin Michael as another brother. He was always my connection to all my family in Texas. He also was my free therapist when I needed to vent. I will miss our conversations & texts. We shared our love for our families and he was so proud of his. He was a great man! Love & will forever miss you!

    Dale Barras says:

    Mike I considered you a good friend you will be missed. My condolences and prayers to all the family at this difficult time.

    Yvonne Trahan says:

    I’d worked with Mike some 30 plus years, at Gulf-Valero, always a hard working, good listener and a friend, that I could count on. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family in this very difficult time.

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