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Family talks on life, legacy of late Judge Kaliste Saloom

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Lafayette, LA -

The family of a well-known Acadiana judge and historian is determined to make sure what has become a household name in Lafayette lives on.

Retired Judge Kaliste Saloom Jr. passed away over the weekend. He was 99 years-old.

He's remembered by friends and relatives as a courageous World War II veteran and a pillar of the community.

"He and his wife Yvonne are just fixtures in this town," said Ed Abell, a friend of Judge Saloom.

Saloom is also recognized as a loving family man.

"The thing that always impressed me the most about Judge Saloom was his strong family ties," said Lane Roy, another family friend.

The retired judge's family backs up the claims.

"He leaves a wife, my grandmother. She's a woman who was always by his side. She took pride in being Mrs. Kaliste Saloom Jr," said Saloom's granddaughter Leslie Saloom.

"Going to his house and him not being there. Saying, 'Hey dad!' And then him saying, 'Hey Greg.' You know, that's going to be the biggest adjustment," said Saloom's youngest son Gregory Saloom.

But lasting reminders of the husband, father, grand and great-grandfather can be found all throughout the city.

"I can't tell you how many times that walking around the campus, I just see him everywhere. I see his brick from the very early days at SLI. To walk around and these buildings that have names you might not know the faces too, but my grandfather knew those people. He went to school with some of them. He was involved in the community with them," said Leslie Saloom.

"He left an indelible mark on this community and our family. I cherish that very much. 50 years from now when someone's interviewing my kids, maybe they're saying the same thing, and if they are that would be an honor to me and a tribute to him," said the judge's oldest son Kaliste Saloom III.

It's all a tribute to Saloom's work as Lafayette's city attorney, city judge, fundraiser for UL, Mardi Gras king and countless other contributions to the city he loved. In addition to his accolades and accomplishments, Saloom will always be remembered as one-of-a-kind.

"I saw him when other people weren't watching and he was the same man. He really was," said Gregory Saloom. 

"We can't do any better than we did with Kaliste Saloom," said Roy.

Funeral services will be held this Saturday at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church.
Visitation will take place Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Martin and Castille's downtown location.

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