Santos, Julian M
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67 of Tempe, Arizona. Passed away on June 22nd, 2014. He leaves behind his wife of 48 years, Gloria Santos, his daughter, Michelle M. Santos-Lopez, husband Michael Lopez,His son Daniel J. Santos; girlfriend Juanita Bonilla, and son Timothy J. Santos, and wife Heidi Santos, Grandchildren: Samantha, Jake and Sofia Santos Julian was born and raised in Casa Grande, Az. The son of the late Julian and Eva Santos, the brother of: Adelina Duran, David Santos, Frank Santos, Margie Sanchez, Vincent Santos, the late Margie Martinez In his early years, Julian was a drum major for the Casa Grande High School Band, he also played saxaphone in the high school band, as well as his own band called "The Lonely One's" While in high school he enlisted in the Navy, and soon after he met his high school sweetheart Gloria. They became engaged after he completed boot camp and were married in March of 1967. Soon after he was stationed in Long Beach, California for secret communications training, after which he was deployed to Guam Philippines where he served for two years. Julian graduated from the University of Arizona with his Bachelor's Degree in spanish literature. However, he was a die hard fan of Arizona State University. Go SUN DEVILS! He enjoyed his ASU Sun Devil Football Season Tickets, Tailgating with his family, and making new friends of fellow tailgaters and cheering for the Sun Devils until he lost his voice. Julian had his own Spanish Court Interpreting Service and was one of few simultaneous spanish court interpreters. He was also a minister who performed wedding ceremonies in conjunction with his wife who was a florist. Julian was the type of man who could be described as never having met a stranger. He loved people and loved to meet new people. His favorite subjects were football and people who served in the military. Recently someone who heard of his passing shared with his wife Gloria that Julian was the kind of man who just made you feel good for having spoken to you. He had a fabulous sense of humor, a welcoming smile, a kind or inspirational word for all. He walked as if he could hear music in his head and he played his steering wheel as a set of drums while driving his truck down the road. He truly enjoyed his wife's cooking, and his favorite traditions were found in helping her prepare and cook each year's Thanksgiving Turkey, Christmas Tamales (Red Beef and Green Corn) and Menudo for New Year's. He also dearly loved dancing with his wife and could be found doing just that with her in his arms on any Sunday morning in the kitchen, as Little Joe Y La Familia or "My Girl" played in the background. If you get the impression that this was a man who loved life then you are halfway to understanding the passion with which he lived and loved. Julian was the recipient of a transplanted kidney, a gift of life
from his son Julian Daniel and that kidney allowed his family to enjoy an extra fourteen years of life with them. A gift that allowed him to see al three of his grandchildren come into the world, who were his pride and joy. Loving Husband, Treasured Dad, Proud Tata, Dedicated Brother, Caring Relative, Genuine Friend and Life of the Party. You will be forever missed. Nobody could ever replace the sparkle in your eyes, the joy in your laughter, or that smile that could light up a room. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday - July 2nd at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Roman Catholic Church-2121 South Rural Road - Tempe, Az. 85282 at 11:00 a.m., followed by services at Advantage Mortuary-6901 W. Indian School Rd. Phoenix. Az. 85033 at 1:00 p.m., Rosary at 2:00 p.m. Graveside Services will he held on Thursday-July 3rd at the National Memorial Cemetary-23029 N. Cave Creek Rd. Phoenix, Az. 85024 at 9:30 a.m.
Published in The Arizona Republic on June 29, 2014