Santos Santiago Casarez
Feb. 20, 1934-Sept. 13, 2017
Santos Santiago Casarez, 83, of Greeley, Colo., passed away on Sept. 13, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his beloved family. He was born on Feb. 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 & Girls Clubs, 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 more than 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…
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