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William Cantu
January 27, 1929 - September 6, 2017
Resident of Cupertino
William "Bill" Cantu, is now resting in the arms of Christ.
Born in Roswell, NM, he was proud of his Apache Indian heritage, loved the Lord, his family, classic movies, dancing the jitterbug, New Mexico chili & the SJ Sharks!
Bill mentored his children in education, hunting, fishing & home repair & was a Scout leader & baseball coach.
Introduced to the electrical trade by his father, Bill became a top notch electrician. After 36 years, he retired as a journeyman. Though frequently asked to be foreman, Bill preferred to just do the work he loved and be "one of the guys." He was a proud member of the International Brotherhood Electrical Workers for 64 years.
A devoted member of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod in Cupertino and Las Cruces, NM, Bill volunteered his time & expertise for countless projects including helping to build the church school in Cupertino.
For many years Bill passionately & proudly led the Lutheran Braille Workers to distribute large print bibles in braille and Christian literature for those with visual disabilities. He sorely missed this work as his health declined.
Countless games of Mexican Train dominoes have been played & new sets purchased because Bill introduced it to his adult children. Whether it was 11 AM or PM, when they needed direction re: "the way dad taught us", Bill never hesitated with the answer.
Pre-deceased by his parents, his 4 siblings & his first born son, Billy Cantu; Bill will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Linda; his children, Cindy Ross (Jim), Donald Cantu (Susie), Cathy Vieira (Tony); his stepchildren; grandchildren; & great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 15 at 11 AM at The Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 5825 Bollinger Rd, Cupertino.
Donations may be made to the Lutheran Braille Workers, P.O. Box 5000, Yucaipa, CA 92399.


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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Sept. 13, 2017
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