Susan Cargal

Obituaries | Gillette, Wyoming

Susan “Sue” Cargal left this life to continue her journey with her husband and parents on July 11, 2020, at the Close to Home Hospice House in Gillette. Sue was born on February 27, 1945, in Troy, Alabama to Alice and Abe Salinas. During her childhood, Sue lived in multiple states traveling with her father’s job and graduated from high school in Gillette.

Sue welcomed her first-born son, Mike, in 1963. She worked doing secretarial and bookkeeping positions for the next several years.

In 1969, Sue married the love of her life, Donald Wayne Cargal. This is when her love for racing began. Donnie raced sprint cars and Sue’s passion for racing erupted. Not only did she help Donnie at the racetrack but also sat on the Wyoming State Auto Racing Association Board and volunteered at the track whenever needed.

In 1970, her second son, Dustin, was born. As Sue raised her family and worked, she continued to be active in racing and was also an avid bowler.

Sue next turned her attention to what would become her final and most important project of her life, spoiling her grandkids. On weekends, you could find her sitting in a lawn chair at soccer games or 3-on-3 basketball tournaments. Then came the bleachers at basketball games and tennis matches. Her life was consumed with following her grandkids and their activities and she loved it! She still found the time to help at Gillette Thunder Speedway, she was a constant at the pit gate for many years and there she met many lifelong friends.

Sue’s hobbies included card games, spending time with her grandkids, and watching Nascar and the Denver Broncos.

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Sue is survived by her sons, Mike (Karen) Cook and Dustin (Brenda) Cargal; five grandchildren, Michael and Paige Cook, Kayla Tonn, Bridget and Brooke Cargal; one great-granddaughter, Kylie Leair all of Gillette, Wyoming; and siblings, Alice Grace (Faustino) Dimas, Robert (Andree) Salinas and James (Irma) Salinas of Texas. She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald W. Cargal and her parents, Abel and Alice Salinas.

Memorials are suggested to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Close to Home Hospice House.

Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.gillettememorialchapel.


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