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Chino couple remains Valentines for 42 years
Chino couple finds formula for a strong marriage

Rudy and Margo Salazar in 2016. (Diane DeHamer/Review)

Rudy and Margo Salazar in 2016. (Diane DeHamer/Review)

Like the words say in the old song, "love's more wonderful the second time around." That certainly applies to Rudy and Margo Salazar of Chino Valley.

When they met in 1972, Margo was a single mom working hard to raise her five children.

"The day we met I was at my sisters working on my car (I always did my own work)," Margo Salazar said.

"When I saw her and another little boy messing with the car, I thought she was one of the kids, (she is only 4-foot-11) and told them they had better get away from that car or their dad would be mad." Rudy Salazar said.

On their first date they double dated with Margo's sister and her husband.

"I thought Rudy was very good looking, but what I really liked was his great personality. I couldn't believe he was interested in someone like me with five kids," Margo said.

"My first impression was that I thought she was a little doll, but I thought she was kind of snooty. Although, after a couple of weeks I started falling for her," Rudy Salazar said.

A year and a half later they were married.

"He raised my children like they were his own and they all consider him their father. What really helped was that we both agreed on how children should be raised regarding discipline, etc." Margo Salazar said.

When asked what they thought made a marriage last, Rudy said "to have a marriage last, I think the most important things are trust, loyalty and tolerance, of each other. Having faith in the Lord takes care of all your problems," he said.

Margo and Rudy said that having the Lord Jesus in their lives is what has made their marriage good and why it has lasted 42 years.

"Grinning, Rudy said, "When we have a spat I go out to my shop to cool off and then when I come back in, I say to Margo, OK I accept your apology. She smiles and says 'idiot', and everything is fine."

"One of the main things we always had in our marriage is laughter and still do to this day," Margo Salazar said.

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