Saturnino (Satch) Tapangco passed away on December 2, 2019 in Valdez Alaska with his family at his side. After a 2 1/2 year battle with colon/liver/lung cancer his body succumbed to this ugly disease.
Satch was born on January 9, 1960 in Wahiawa Hawaii to Crispina and Saturnino Tapangco Sr. Satch was the only boy raised with 6 other sisters so as you can imagine he was a little spoiled. After graduating from Leilehua High School Class of 1978 in Wahiawa he attended St. Martin's College in Lacey, WA where he met his future wife Karen in 1979.
After moving to Anchorage Alaska in 1984 he worked as the Quality Control for Matanuska Maid Dairy until he moved to Valdez Alaska where he gained employment with Chugach North when eventually through the years he changed employment to Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. Satch was given the opportunity for employment with Intertek Alaska in 2010. Satch enjoyed working at the North Slope and most recently in Valdez as the Lab Manager with Intertek Alaska at the Valdez Petro Star Refinery.
Satch is survived by his wife of 34 years Karen Feero, sons Joseph of Anchorage, AK and Benjamin of Valdez, AK, Jordan (Mandy) and his precious grandson Harrison Tapangco of Boise, ID. Mother Crispina Tapangco of Wahiawa, HI; Gloria Kelly, Las Vegas, NV; Rose (Jesse) Cabello, Shirley Dahang, Wahiawa, HI; Priscilla Wagner, Soldotna, AK; Marilyn Javier, Wahiawa, HI; Frances (Moses) Tyrell, of Wahiawa, HI; brother in laws Rick Wagner, San Diego, CA; Mario Dahang, Honolulu, HI; and several nieces and nephews, extended family Debbie and Loni Vea family of Anchorage, AK.
Satch is preceded in death by his father Saturnino Tapangco, Sr., nephew Jaydon Dahang, brother in laws James Javier, and Hilary Kelly.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 25th at 4:00pm at Saint Xavier Catholic Church in Valdez with a Celebration of Life from 5-8pm at the Valdez Civic Center. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Friends of the Valdez Animal Shelter, PO Box 231, Valdez AK 99686 in his name.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Jan. 19, 2020.