The Rev. Santiago Alvarado (1931 - 2017)

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The Rev. Santiago Alvarado passed away Aug. 3. He was born July 25, 1931, the son of Guillermo and Manuelita Alvarado. He married Maria De Jesus Gardea Sept. 21, 1953, and they were happily married for more than 63 years.
He had eight children; seven and their spouses are survivors .. David Alvarado, Abimael (Cyndi) Alvarado, Noemi (George McBane Gonzales), Ruth (Mark Denette), Santiago Jr. Alvarado, Eli (Velia) Alvarado, Elisabeth (Robert Castle) and Abigail (Jon Patterson). Other survivors include 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
During his 55-year ministry, he faithfully pastored 11 churches in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Illinois and Indiana. Through his ministry at least five servants arose to become ordained ministers, founding five new churches. He was a missionary to Mexico and founded the ministry of Semillas De Esperanza (Seeds of Hope) and directed this mission until 2005. That ministry continues to this day.
While pastoring in South Chicago, he officiated countless gang related funerals, taking every advantage to preach the message of hope and salvation to the lost and dying.
He enjoyed camping, being out in nature, fishing and spending time with his family. He was a loving father and a great example of a life dedicated to Christ. He enjoyed having conversations on any subject with family and friends. He was quick to smile and had a tremendous sense of humor. He was a wonderful musician and singer and was happy to teach others how to praise the Lord in song and worship. He was a man after God's own heart.
His wake was Aug. 8 at The Healing Place in Brighton. His funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Healing Place., 17801 E. 160th Ave. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Brighton.
Tabor-Rice Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
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Published in Fort Lupton Press on Aug. 9, 2017