Rodney Michael Salm was born December 7, 1974 (most likely with a smile) to Rolf and Doris Salm of Salt Lake City. His life was taken away from us on June 4th, 2023.
Rodney was youngest of 5 siblings. He was fascinated with cars and started from a young age collecting every toy and model car he could. He transitioned to collecting vintage Porsches, Audis, Volkswagens and other vehicles in adulthood. Rodney was an avid member of the Porsche Club and Concord D’Elegance and he frequently chaired auto cross events.
Rodney fostered lifetime friendships throughout his school years being referred to as a magnet and a glue that held his friends together. He blossomed in high school as a social “scholar” and a jokester. He graduated from Cottonwood High School.
Rodney started at the family business in his teens also squeezing in college classes. He became the Quality Control expert mastering machines that ensured products met the tight tolerances required by the aerospace industry. Rodney’s passion for the business culminated with him becoming General Manager this past month.
Rodney became a father in 1999 welcoming his most treasured daughter Alyssa. He lived for his daughter and would do anything for her. Alyssa’s friends were also like his children and many thought of him as their second dad. Rodney shared his many passions with Alyssa including travel, concerts, art fests and animals. Even while working behind the scenes at FAN-X, he included Alyssa whenever possible. He beamed with pride over Alyssa and her artistic talents. He was devastated when losing her in 2019 but is one of those special people who walks in joy even when he’s in pain.
Rodney was still close to a large number of friends from High School. He cultivated new friends up until the day be passed away. As one friend said, “if you didn’t love Rodney, you didn’t know Rodney”. He will be remembered for his big smile and infectious laugh, his caring nature and his many pranks. When you were with him, he always made you feel important.
Rodney and his beloved girlfriend Misha Himmelberger Morgan became inseparable. They took many trips together with friends and family and always going on car rides in one of the many Rodney-mobiles. On that fateful day, Rodney and Misha were on a drive with a group of 20 other Porsches. A road rage incident on the other side of the road took both of them away from us in the blink of an eye.
Rodney was preceded in death by his mother Doris and his beautiful daughter Alyssa. He is survived by his father Rolf, stepmother Steffi, brothers Peter (Connie), Frank (Gail), Perry (Franny), sister Michelle and several nieces and nephews who adore him.
Please join us on June 17th, 1:00 PM at Memorial Mortuaries 5850 S 900 E, Murray, UT 84121 to celebrate the joy Rodney brought into our lives.Service Information
Celebration of Life
June 17, 2023 at 1:00pm
Memorial Murray Mortuary
5850 South 900 East Murray, Utah 84121