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In Memory of

Santos Santiago Casarez

February 20, 1934 - September 13, 2017

Obituary


Santos Santiago Casarez, 83, of Greeley, Colorado passed away on September 13, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his beloved family. He was born on February 20, 1934 in San Angelo, Texas to Andres and Cruz Santiago Casarez.

In 1954, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, which is where he received the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. In 1956, he was honorably discharged as a First-Class Private.

In April 1963, he married the love of his life, Pearl Lopez. Both worked very hard to raise their family in Greeley....

Santos Santiago Casarez, 83, of Greeley, Colorado passed away on September 13, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his beloved family. He was born on February 20, 1934 in San Angelo, Texas to Andres and Cruz Santiago Casarez.

In 1954, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, which is where he received the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. In 1956, he was honorably discharged as a First-Class Private.

In April 1963, he married the love of his life, Pearl Lopez. Both worked very hard to raise their family in Greeley. They were very active members of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. No matter the struggle, he still found time to take care of and love all his children.

In 1963, Santos started working for the Goodell Bros. Construction Company where he met his lifelong friend, George Goodell. Between raising his family and working, he still found time to coach baseball and boxing at The Boys and Girls Club, The Greeley Police Department, and The Rodarte Center. One of his proud accomplishments was when he formed a baseball team for the underprivileged youth. They then went on to win the All City Championship. He was most known for his love of boxing. He wasn't just known in the community, he was known in the entire region and several mid-western states. Santos coached over 700 kids, and traveled to many states to attend tournaments. Some of his proudest moments were watching his fighters win national titles and Olympian starters. Some of his boxers even went pro. In 1993, Santos was given The Golden Rule Award for his hard work with the youth. This was a huge accomplishment for him, as only 10 people in Weld County were given this award. In 2002, Santos and his wife were the first couple to be appointed Grand Marshalls for the Greeley Fiesta. He was not only a coach; he was a father figure, mentor, and friend to all who crossed his path.

Santos is survived by his wife, Pearl of Greeley; children, Santos "Junior" Casarez (Mary) of Lubbock, Texas, Helen Romero (Jerry) of Greeley, Maryann Mosquera of Denver, Dorothy Perez (Richard) of Greeley, Lydia Smith (Phil)of Dallas, Texas, Kathy Mendoza of Greeley, Margaret Casarez of Denver, Caroline Martinez of Denver, Cindy Buentello (Baldamar) of Lubbock, Marcy Raggett (Raymond) of Beamont, Alfredo Casarez of Lubbock, Teresa Casarez (Robert) of Greeley, Johnny Ybarra (Brenda) of Greeley, Carlos Casarez (Isabelle) of Austin, Santos S. Casarez of Fort Collins, and Cheryl A. Casarez of Las Vegas, Nevada. He also survived by grandchildren he raised, Blanca Rodriguez of Greeley, Marcos Rodriguez (Crystal) of Greeley; sisters, Aurora Garcia of Greeley and Juana Casarez-White of Seattle, Washington; 52 grandchildren; 83 great-grandchildren and ten great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Angel Cazarez, two infant granddaughters, Petra and Alex Rai, one infant grandson, Christopher; three sisters, Tanislada and Conception and three brothers, Andres, Filomino and Epifino.

Visitation will be from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Stoddard Funeral Home. Recitation of the Rosary will be at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church with Interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens.