Lydia Pantoja Salazar, 52, of Sunnyside went to be in the arms of the Lord on Friday, April 28, 2006.

Lydia was born Nov. 18, 1953 in Pharr, Texas, the daughter of Fermin Pantoja of Alamo, Texas and Ramona (Roman) Gonzalez of Sunnyside. She was raised in Reynosa, Taualipas, where she fell in love with and married her husband, Leobardo R. Salazar. In 1975 they moved to Washington for employment and later settled in Sunnyside, residing here for the past 30 years.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Lydia enjoyed listening and dancing to Tejano music. She also loved cooking, gardening, knitting, family gatherings and vacationing in McAllen, Texas.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Leobardo R. Salazar; her parents; her five children, Leobardo Salazar Jr. (Cynthia) of Prosser, Lydia Veronica Pina (Demetrio) of Outlook, Arnold Salazar (Jennifer) of Milwaukie, Wis., Guellermo Salazar (Angelica) of Sunnyside, Claudia Liz Barajas (Miguel Jr.) of Grandview; six beloved grandchildren, Derek and Ashley Salazar, Anthony, Angelo and Nathanyel Pina and Lianna Salazar; her brothers and sisters, Juan Pantoja of Dallas, Texas, Jose Isabel Pantoja of Pharr, Ramiro Gonzalez (Delores) of Grandview, Guadalupe Fleener (Gordon) of Grandview, Artemio Gonzalez (Stella), Terri Bermudez (Michael), Sonia Pacheco (Martin), John Gonzalez (Elena) and Mary Gonzalez (Jose), all of Sunnyside; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Viewing will be held Monday, May 1, 2006, from noon to 7 p.m. with recitation of the Rosary at 7 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, May 2, 2006, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sunnyside. Interment will follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are under the direction of Valley Hills Funeral Home. Sign guest book online at


Kevin David Underwood, 44, a Grandview resident, died Thursday, April 27, 2006, a victim of a violent crime at his home.

Kevin was born Jan. 5, 1962 in Brewster, the son, of Wesley William and Gerry June (Wright) Underwood. He received his early education in Kennewick, and later graduated from West Valley High School in Spokane with the Class of 1980. Kevin studied information technology at YVCC, making the dean’s list. Kevin worked for Albrecht and Sunnyside Glass. He was a mechanic for Stadelman Fruit in Grandview. Kevin owned and operated a trucking company for several years. He also worked for Shonan USA Inc. in Grandview and drove truck for LTI. Kevin founded Computer Services, which he sold, and later established Wirelesss World Global Communications and Internet Services. Kevin worked for Thermal Forming of Yakima, and in his spare time worked on the family farm. He was a handy man and would do odd jobs around the valley.

He was baptized in the Yakima United Methodist Church and had attended the Grandview United Methodist Church.

He loved computers, working with his hands, motorcycles, wine tasting and cherished time spent with his children.

Kevin is survived by his daughter, BriAnn Nicole Underwood and one son, Timothy James (Schrank) Underwood, both of Grandview; parents, Gerry Reynolds (Tom) of Kennewick and Wes Underwood (Sue) of Grandview; one brother, Bradley Todd Underwood of Grandview; and one sister, Kathy Marie Hilton of Yakima; his former wife, Susan Underwood of Grandview;

numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is also survived by his animal companions, Bubbles and Socks.

Kevin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Sam and Ruby Underwood of Grandview and George and Agnes Wright of Malott; one nephew, Christopher Hilton; two uncles, David Underwood and Richard Underwood; and one aunt, Loretta Underwood.

Viewing and visitation will be held Wednesday, May 3, 2006, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 4, 2006, at 10 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, with burial to be held at West Hills Cemetery in Yakima.

Those wishing to honor Kevin’s memory may contribute to the Kevin David Underwood Children’s Educational Fund c/o US Bank in Grandview.


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