(Jan. 12, 2009)
Tammy Rae Saldana of Casa Grande, Ariz., died Jan. 12 at her home. She was 46.
She was born Oct. 2, 1962, in Powell to Joe and Ylaria Saldana. She owned and operated the Pita Pit, in Casa Grande for the past two years. She was an optimist and adventurer and treated people as she wanted to be treated. She always had a smile and was a great cook.
Tammy loved the outdoors, riding her motorcycle, camping and fishing, and was an avid New York Jets fan. She loved elephants, and her cat, Louie. She thought elephants brought her luck.
She is survived by a daughter, Marquita Koplitz, and a son, Zach Koplitz, both of Casa Grande; her parents, Joe and Ylaria of Powell; three sisters Laurie Ochoa of Thousand Palms, Calif.; Mickey Carillo of Layton, Utah; and Melanie Saldana of Casa Grande; and brothers Joe Saldana of Casa Grande and Mark Saldana of Powell.
Cremation has occurred and services were held Jan. 17 at Simes Mortuaries Casa Grande Chapel.