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Craig Salter, 71

September 13, 1948 – March 23, 2020

 Craig Salter grew up in West Covina, California. He was the eldest of 6. He served in the US Navy on the USS Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam war and was a proud veteran and patriot. 

After the war he settled down in Escondido, and worked for Bekins Moving Company with his brother Bill. In the early 1970’s he married Elaine and they were blessed with two children, Justin and Meagan. In the late 1970’s they started the first pawn shop in the area, Collateraloan of Escondido, which he owned and operated for 41 years. 

Mr. Salter had a tremendous love of classic cars and motorcycles. He often spoke fondly of his 1955 Chevy Bel Air hard top. He also had an extensive knowledge of Classic Rock music and collected thousands of albums and CDs. He could often “name that tune” and correctly pinpoint the year a song was released. 

In the 1980’s and 90’s he was an avid San Diego Chargers fan. His love for football resurfaced while spending Sundays visiting his grandchildren and watching football with his son-in-law Clayton. Mr. Salter devoted much of his time to his business and customers, many of who consider him a good friend and would visit him to chat for hours at a time.  

Mr. Salter was proceeded in death by his sister Christine, who passed at a young age, and his mother and father, Barbara and Bill. He is survived by his children Justin and Meagan McHale (Clayton), his grandchildren Kayla (6) and Kellan (2), his brother Bill and sisters Gwen, Sue and Sheila, his 9 nieces and nephews, Gencie, Jordan, Chelsea, Rachel, Camille, Emily, Olivia, Isabella, and Juliana.

2 responses to “Craig Salter, 71”

  1. mark bidwell says:

    craig,was a great person ,i got to know him ,and he gave me odd jobs,carpentry,and patching pot holes,in the parking lot,i woukd trade him for tools,he will forever be a escondido icon, he had a wood duck collection ,always fair, I salute him n his family for his military service, and friendship, im so glad to have reconnected with him n lori,at the pawn shop,before his sudden passing,cant wait to see his big smile when we reunite on golden streets,Thank you Mr salter ,youll never be forgotten ❤

  2. Patrick Brady says:

    I came across this posting by accident as I was sitting quietly in my home just going over some old memories and places and people I’ve met. Craig and I first met and hit it off back in 1981. I was an avid guitar collector and many a great guitar passed between our hands as I’d sell to buy and he’d buy to sell.
    We’d talk rock trivia and concerts we’d been to. He sure loved LITTLE FEAT and I’d make a point of dropping in and sit for an hour or two with him.
    We kind of drifted apart in the mid 90’s but picked right up where we’d left off when I’d surprise visit with him these past 21 years.
    Last time we saw each other had the same smiling and laughter as always…to learn of his passing hurts and numbs me. Makes me realize how helpless we are in the paths each of us are on.
    I will always proudly speak well of him and consider him a brother, a patriot and someone to look up to.
    Rest In Peace my friend , I’ll catch up with you soon and we can put this experience on our conversations then.

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