Joe Vincent Saladino passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at his home in Friendswood, Texas.
Joe was born on March 2, 1948 in Houston, Texas to Mary and Sam Saladino. He graduated from Mount Carmel High School in 1966 before being drafted into the U.S. Army. Joe served his country in the Vietnam War from 1968-1970.
With fond memories of his father and grandfather preparing barbeque in his family’s restaurant and a goal to own a restaurant of his own someday, Joe eventually opened his first restaurant in 1976 in Manvel, Texas. What started out as a small operation ultimately became the present-day Joe’s Barbeque Restaurant right down the road in Alvin, Texas. Joe continued to keep his restaurant a family tradition – the restaurant experience is served up in a family friendly environment and many of his own family members worked in the restaurant as a rite of passage through the years.
As his restaurant grew, Joe looked for ways to serve his community further. He was quick to lend a hand to support local public schools, community-based organizations, and his church. Many times, the restaurant stepped up to feed first responders and others in the wake of severe storms and emergency situations when most restaurants were closed for business.
If you visited Joe’s Barbecue during lunchtime, you could usually find Joe seated at a table in the center of the dining room telling stories of the good old days with his friends. When he was not at home or the restaurant, he often spent his days at his ranch in Fredericksburg, Texas, passing the time hunting, fishing, and riding his bulldozer.
A family man, Joe was married to his wife, Beverly Saladino, for 52 years and is survived by their children: Joe (Kacey) Saladino Jr. of Alvin, Sarah (Duane) Barham of Alvin, Jennifer (Mike) Parker of Friendswood, and Wesley (Erin) Saladino of Houston; their grandchildren: Kate Saladino, Jordan (Nicholas) Wat, Nicholas Taylor, Whitney Barham, Sam Barham, Dawson Parker, and Landon Parker; their two great-grandchildren: Henry and Hudson Wat; and his loving brother, Michael (Ginger) Saladino; sister-in-law, Julie Brake and husband Ronnie Wilson; and many nephews and nieces and cherished friends. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Sam Saladino; mother and father-in-law, Gwendolyn and Thomas Brake; and sister-in-law, Lois Brake.
Friends were cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Friday, May 5, 2023 at 10:00 A.M. with the funeral service that followed at 11:00 A.M. at The Harbor, 2821 W. Parkwood Ave., Friendswood, Texas 77546 with Pastor Steve Shelby and Pastor David Miller officiating. The burial was private.
Pallbearers included Michael Parker, Dawson Parker, Landon Parker, Duane Barham, Sam Barham and Nick Taylor.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Joe’s memory to Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org or The Foundation for Hope Village at www.hope-village.com or Sunrise Rotary Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of Joe Saladino to ACC Foundation, 3110 Mustang Rd., Alvin, Texas 77511 or www.alvincollege.edu.
Condolences may be sent to the Saladino family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com
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