In Memoriam – Salvador “Sal” Romo, Jr., EA

CSEA is sad to inform you that long-time Member and CSEA Past President Salvador “Sal” Romo, Jr., EA passed away on September 30. In 1989 he retired from the United States Coast Guard at the rank of Commander, became an Enrolled Agent, and joined the Society.  Sal began his career as an Enrolled Agent after serving more than 25 years on active duty in the Coast Guard.

Sal was deeply committed to the Society. In addition to serving as President of the East Bay Association of Enrolled Agents (EBAEA) in 1996-1997, Sal helped to strengthen the influence of the EA designation through partnerships with state and federal tax agencies. Just to name two examples, he was a member of the San Francisco IRS District Director’s Practitioner Advisory Panel from 1992-1995, and represented EBAEA as a founding member of the CTEC Board of Directors from January 1997 through November 1998.

Sal also served on many state-level committees, including as Chair of the Political Action Committee, Vice Chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee, and Supporting Member of the Bylaws Committee. He became CSEA’s 22nd President for the 2000-2001 governance year. In his first President’s Message, he praised the skill, knowledge and experience of Enrolled Agents, recommending, “Don’t sell yourself short. You bring extraordinary value to the American taxpayer!”

Like many CSEA Presidents before and after him, Sal acknowledged the work and dedication of past CSEA Members. “The history of the Society, from its inception in 1977, is replete with stories of individual and collective efforts to protect our right to practice … It is important that we are aware of the rich traditions of our Society and to pay tribute to those who have left us the legacy we enjoy today.” Sal, we pay tribute to you, and will miss you.

Condolences and remembrances may be shared on an online legacy page, which can be found here.  The following information is provided for those who wish to attend services for Sal Romo:

On Monday, October 7 from 5-8 p.m., there will be a viewing, with the Rosary at 6:30 or 7 p.m., at the Jess C. Spencer Mortuary in Castro Valley.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, October 8, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church in Castro Valley, with a reception to follow.

The burial will take place at 2 p.m. at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.

In lieu of flowers, the family has designated Coast Guard Mutual Assistance for memorial contributions.