Salvador Delos Santos, Jr

Feb 2, 1968 – Oct 30, 2017

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Obituary

Salvador Delos Santos, Jr, 49, unexpectedly passed away in his sleep at home in Granite Falls, WA on October 30, 2017. 

He was born on February 2, 1968, in Seattle, WA.  He grew up in the Hillman City neighborhood, attended Saint Edward’s School and graduated from O’Dea High School.  He left Seattle for Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and the 82nd Airborne Division.  He was a proud combat veteran who served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He became a licensed Professional Land Surveyor and worked in both the private and public sector for two decades most recently with Snohomish County Planning and Development Services. He truly loved his vocation and was respected by many in his profession.   

He was an avid angler. He fished with flies and gear, in the sound and ocean. He was most at home in the amazing Washington State river system where he spent many hours with fellow fisherman, family, and friends.

 He was very kind and loving and always made others feel comfortable and included. He loved to laugh and had a playfully mischievous quick wit. Many would describe him as creative, articulate and insightful.  He was very proud of his heritage and made his first trip to Cebu, the Philippines with his mother and a sister last fall. He enjoyed meeting relatives for the first time.  He loved the Philippines, despite the heat and humidity and planned to return with family next year.

 One of the most extraordinary qualities about Salvador was that he never lost his sense of childish wonder and awe at the world. He was extremely curious and intelligent and would pursue a path without wavering. He was fiercely loyal and quietly generous. He encouraged, supported and coached coworkers, family, and friends to be their best selves and to push their own boundaries. He reveled and celebrated others’ success.

 He is survived by his wife Catherine Delos Santos, three children Derek Delos Santos, step-children Jackie Cyr and Zachary Cyr, his mother Gloria Mojica and sisters Consuelo Delos Santos (niece Jessica) and Cecilia Shigaya (brother in law Kevin, niece Christina, nephew Brendan).  He was preceded in death by his father, Salvador Delos Santos

Guestbook

Jeff Long
Tacoma, WA
Nov 10, 2017

My brother Undo,

Where to begin. Probably from the picture that Michael shared with me last year…that was our family growing up. Michael, Greg (Jiggy), Rick (Rod) Ronnie me and my brother Kenny; the original neighborhood crew. So many memories, I can’t begin to list them all.

How many days, evenings, summers did we spend playing every imaginable sport, falling down the rockery, playing hide & seek, catching spiders, playing roller skating derby in your driveway. The many times you and I would emulate the Cincinnati Reds starting line-up, pitching to one another in front of your moms house hoping we didn’t break someones window with our wiffle bat and tennis balls. The hours we spent at Tower Records, then your house, practicing mixing records on your first mixer (you got really good at it and I still have one of your tapes). The lasting memory of hearing your mom call your name when it was time for dinner at the same time my mom was calling mine. Our childhood had endless memories that I will always cherish.

I know I’m not alone saying how much I miss you and can’t say goodbye to you, because your spirit will always be with me. I love you brother.

Joel Larkins
Houston, TX
Nov 9, 2017

Sal,

You were the first person I met when I transferred to St. Edwards in the 5th grade, and you have been my best friend ever since. There is something about a childhood best friend that makes him irreplaceable.

I have hundreds of cherished memories of the time we spent together. Taking the bus downtown in the 5th grade and exploring. Watching you pop lock - I never had any rhythm myself. Piling you and the crew in my '76 Ford Granada everyday to go to O'Dea H.S. Riding in your '72 Z-car and fearing for my life from your crazy driving. Making homemade pipe bombs.

You had a love for living life and it was infectious. Most of all, I remember how you cared for me as a friend. You always looked out for me. I love you my brother.

I offer my most heartfelt condolences to the family. I am so sorry that I cannot attend the services. My father passed away last week and I will be in Cleveland attending his funeral. Please know that my heart is with you at this difficult time.

Jim Coan
Renton, Wa
Nov 7, 2017

I was proud to have him as a student, and a fellow Land Surveyor. Also a brother veteran. I shall miss him.

Andrew Valenzuela
Yakima, WA
Nov 7, 2017

Delos Santos family and friends...

Heavy hearted, many prayers. Your son, brother, uncle, nephew was a very blessed man. His foundation was builted with your love and respect you all have of him. Meeting Sal many years ago thru cousin Cathy. He took a strong young lady and made her into a greater women. I've valued family as my only thing in life we protect... We don"t get to pick are brothers or sisters but Sal was one of those men everyone would have loved to have as a brother. "Your family was blessed and i thank you for sharing" I to will miss him. We've talked of many rivers and fishing hole we needed to fish with each other. Knowing he will be looking over my shoulder waiting for me to leave that fishing hole will give me peace. I know he will catch that fish i couldn't find....Thanks Cathy your choice of Sal compleated you..

Christina Shigaya
Bothell, WA
Nov 6, 2017

Uncle Ondo,

This past week has been so difficult for all of us. We lost an uncle, a cousin, a friend, a husband, a father, a son, and so much more. I still can’t believe you’re gone. It doesn’t feel real. I keep imagining you walking through the front door, or hanging out on the back porch. I can hear your laugh and see your smile. Sometimes, I imagine the jokes you crack and it makes me chuckle through my tears. I always knew I would be in good hands because my Uncle Ondo would be there to protect me. Now I know you’ll be watching me from above. Somehow, we will have to find a new “normal,” because our family will not be the same without you here. It breaks my heart that we have to say goodbye so soon, and so suddenly. We all were not ready. Thank you for all the memories and for simply being you. I miss you so much already. I love you, Uncle. Rest In Peace.

Love always,

Christina-beena

Betty Harris
Seattle , Wa
Nov 5, 2017

May God give y'all comfort in y'all many happy memories. My condolences and prayers are with his family and friends.

Cecilia Shigaya
Bothell, WA
Nov 5, 2017

On,

I miss you so terribly and I just can’t believe you’re gone. I miss everything about you. I will forever miss your smile, your laugher and just the words “Hey Inday, what’s up?” Even though you were my “little” brother, I went to you for so much guidance. You were always there for me and I feel so lost without you. I weep every day for you On and my heart is absolutely broken. Our family will never be the same without you and neither will I.

I am so thankful for that trip we took last year to the PI with Mom. You and I were seeing the Philippines for the first time together. You were so in awe of the beauty and culture of the country and felt a true connection there. Looking back now, I see what a gift that was for me. We shared so much time together. We met every single morning for breakfast waiting for Mom and the PI relatives to pick us up for the day. We both couldn’t believe we had finally taken this trip.

I hope you know how much I loved you. You were the BEST brother a sister could ever have. Thank you for always being there for me. I always felt so protected by you. I am so blessed to have had you in my life and even though you were taken too soon, you will always live on in our hearts. I know you are with Dad now and watching us from above. I promise to take care of the family, especially Mom. I love you so much. RIP my little brother.

Kevin Shigaya
Bothell, WA
Nov 4, 2017

Sal, I'm not the best at expressing my feelings so saying good bye to you is very difficult.

I'm so fortunate to have married your sister Cecilia and have you as my brother-in-law. You left us too early and there's nothing that can prepare us for anything like this. It's especially difficult for me to see your sister's pain because she loved you dearly. We'll now have to go forward with our lives and cherish the memories you left us from the past.

I will miss the times we shared together and miss hearing the stories you had to tell. Things will never be the same without you. If only you can see all the heartfelt love you left behind with your family and friends, you'll realize how much you touched everyone's lives.

I know you are in a better place right now so that helps ease some of our pain. You're going to be truly missed. Till we meet again, I'll say good bye for now. Rest in peace my beloved brother-in-law.

Vicki Wieser (Henson)
Yucca Valley, Ca
Nov 2, 2017

The ties that bound us together in our formative years never fade. Godspeed to your family, your love will for them will never fade from their hearts.

Kristin Reddy (Kirkby)
Caldwell, ID
Nov 2, 2017

I remember Sal vividly from when we met at DEA Associates. I was the survey Dept assistant when he started as a chainman/crew chief then came into the office to draft. He had a great personality, easy laugh and fun to be around. We lost touch after Ganesh and I were laid off, but kept in touch via Facebook (okay when he was tagged in thing) ;-). He will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to the family.

Daniel G Falcon
Blair, NE
Nov 2, 2017

My old friend Sal. Still remember you 2 years ago at your reunion and the memorial dedication. Really a squared away Paratrooper . We will all miss you brother. Rest in enternal peace my brother. You keep them all squared away in heaven. RIP Airborne

Michael Irwin
Denton, TX
Nov 2, 2017

RIP brother. D company 3/73 was a rag tag bunch from everywhere and you’ll always be a part of it.

Rest easy, see you later.

Mike Irwin

Adriane Ferguson (Coleman )
Renton , Wa
Nov 2, 2017

I want to send out a prayer to your family. I would also like to send out a prayer to my St Edward"s family. RIP

my old school friend

Stacey Malaspino
Tacoma, WA
Nov 2, 2017

Man.....I don't even know if I can find the words right now. I haven't seen you since our St. Edwards days, but was Blessed to be able to catch up with you in the past few years because of Social Media. You were such an important part of my life when we were kids....you helped me get through so many struggles...I carried your support and love with me into my adulthood. Hearing of your passing absolutely broke my heart. Reading the tributes from your friends and family reminds me of what an amazing, loving person you have always been. You have touched countless lives and your legacy will continue on in your loved ones. My condolences to your wife, children and family. May God provide strength and understanding to them all. Salvadore Delos Santos, Thank you for making an impression on my life. You will be greatly missed by so many. Rest in Love Always.

Collyn G. Lorimer Jr (SPC) retired
Nrwport, VT
Nov 2, 2017

I will not say goodbye, but rather see you later when we will all stand together again in formation in front of our God. Until then rest peacefully brother. You will be and already are missed. Airborne All The Way!!!!!

Marcos Gulin
Peralta , NM
Nov 2, 2017

Sal & his Family,

Sal was one of my first friends at O'Dea High School, he was such a good friend and mentor. He will be missed by many. He was a hero, a patriot, and just a great man. As Sal would do, I found a positive in this situation, I have been blessed to have made acquaintance with his son Derek.

Goodbye my friend, we all know you are fishing and smiling down on us, right now!

Joseph D. Wulczynski
Chewelah, WA
Nov 1, 2017

When D-32 rolled across the Iraqi border in February of 1991, there may have been over a quarter of a million service members involved, but for us; the reality was just the four of us. We had come together months earlier, pretty much strangers. We spent a lot of time in that confined space, the Sheridan tank we were given. We trained, slept, ate, laughed, bullshitted, and wondered how it would all come down. As the tank commander, I was real lucky to have Santos as my gunner. He was a great shot; but he was also a great guy. I knew I could trust him, and luckily, he trusted me. He was always upbeat and he always had that smile; you know; like it’s all going to be okay-we’ve got this. In the span of things, it was really just a short time. Sal made it bearable, we had fun. Seems strange. We did. I have a lot of fond memories from that period; a lot of them involve Santos. Using MRE boxes to slide down a sand dune. Serious conversations of what was going to happen. Gunneries and Santos working to ensure he did not let us down as our primary defense and, yes, tool of war. Santos and I were Spade champions as we waited at King Fahd airport to move up north. Once again, I was lucky to have Santos on my team. Unassing the C-130 after landing up north, Santos at the ready. His quickness grabbing his combat life-saver bag when D-31 did its flying trick and his preparedness and eagerness to jump out and help however he could. I did not hear fear from him when we were told an Iraqi tank was in our area, and Santos scanned the area looking for the target. A cool professional. His excitement when we were told to destroy equipment, but he wanted to pop out of his hole to look at the weapons’ cache we were about to run over. The three lock safe and the mission to retrieve it. (Yeah, we didn’t find it) And of course, the time it was all over and we snuck out of the base into the small Saudi town and were almost the catalyst of a new war. Yeah, Santos was there. I don’t regret not making it over the mountains last summer and possibly seeing Santos, having a beer with him. Talking about that time so long ago. I wished I had, but that’s how things happen. I am glad to have met Salvador Delos Santos, Jr. and honored to have served with him. Rest easy, Sal. Gunner Heat Tank, Brother

Love,

SFC SKI Chewelah, WA

Andrea Rene "Andi Andi" Allen
Renton, WA
Nov 1, 2017

Undo we were 3mo apart. I'm so torn up. I'm cryin like automatically & it won't stop, can't sleep & wen I do u come 2me & I can't tell wat r memories & wats real. Ur rite Tom NO1 can understand our friendships/family unless u were there. I miss u coming over 2my parents house 2breakdance/bop, all the 1sts we all had 2gether. Birthday parties, parties period lol. Just EVERYTHING bro. I'm so confused why r sum scum still here & ur gone. Theres 2much 2say, the perfect gentleman has left the building. U r in St. Edwards arms as we will ALL B SO I HAVE NO FEAR! I WILL C U AGAIN. The memories r MANY & wen we hugged r friendship needed no explanation. U already knew the real me. I will ALWAYZ love u! Numero UNDO BORN OF THE SAINTS! My heart hurts so bad. I'm in a daze...the good go while sleeping, it's wen we're closest 2the Father...

Tom Butler
Lake Stevens, Wa
Nov 1, 2017

Undo, I just saw you after 20 + years a little while ago. It was as if time had never passed. The bond we had from St. Edwards and O'Dea cannot be broken. You were full of life, had a fire within you and looked so good. I promised to hook up with you but I didn't want it to be this way. God speed to you my friend..till we meet again

Jackie Cyr
Seattle , WA
Nov 1, 2017

You were the best Step Father a girl could have asked for. Thank you for never giving up on me. I miss you already. Thank you for always being there for me.

Rich smith
Cornelius, Or
Nov 1, 2017

Sal my very best friend I had in the army. I will truly miss you brother. Rest in peace.

Aymdoggydog Flomer
Kent, Wa
Nov 1, 2017

It's going to be say hard to say goodbye dippy-dip.

Love you

Dom Giampietro
Oregon Coast Range, OR
Nov 1, 2017

Sal will always be temembeted; a fine man.

Sherry Vetter
Yakima, Wa
Nov 1, 2017

My prayers are with you Cathy and all of the rest of your families. Love, Sherry.

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