Menchaca, Santiago (Sam)

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April 5, 1949 - February 24, 2018

Menchaca, Santiago (Sam)

Sunrise April 5, 1949 – Sunset February 24, 2018

Santiago grew up in Laredo, Texas and joined the United States Army after high school. He enlisted with the 1st Infantry Division, where he bravely served in the Vietnam War from January 1969 to January 1970.

He spent the next nineteen years serving with the 902nd Military Intelligence Group and served his country honorably, carrying the rank of Sergeant First Class upon his retirement.

After his retirement from the Army, Santiago joined the U.S. Customs Service as a Customs Officer. He received many awards and promotions during his tenure with his Government Service.  He retired from Customs and Border Protection in April of 2011 as a Supervisory Mission Support Specialist.

Sam passed away on February 24, 2018 after an illness at the Heart Hospital in Plano, Texas surrounded by his beloved family.

He was a devoted husband to his wife Lilia (Lilo).

An amazing father to his children Melissa (Lance) Williams and Sammy (Jenny) Menchaca.

A loving grandfather (Papo) to Jasmine and Joaquin Menchaca.

He was the cherished brother of Frank (Carmen) Menchaca, Vicente (Natalia) Menchaca, Matias (Dora) Menchaca, and Arturo (Sylvia) Menchaca.

Sam was a thoughtful and caring uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.

Sam’s ashes will be interred at the Dallas National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway; Dallas, Texas on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 10:15AM with full honors.

Mrs. Lilia Menchaca and family would like to invite you to celebrate Sam’s life with a memorial at Aria Cremation and Funeral Home, 1820 North Beltline Road, Irving, Texas.

 

 

 

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Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
1820 N. Belt Line Road
Irving, Texas 75061
972-607-4400

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ana alicia menchaca

March 15, 2018 7:39PM

TIO CHAGO,

THERE ARE NO WORDS TO EXPRESS HOW MUCH I WILL MISS YOU.I KNOW TOMORROW THEY WILL HONOR A HERO , A FELLOW SOLIDER , A FRIEND , BUT TOMORROW I WILL SAY , "FAREWELL", UNTIL WE SEE EACH OTHER AGAIN. I FIND SOME COMFORT KNOWING YOU ARE NO LONGER SUFFERING AND THAT YOU WENT HOME TO GOD AND GRANDMA. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE MY BELOVED UNCLE.

LOVING YOU ALWAYS,

ANI


Billy Boland

March 11, 2018 7:15PM

I worked with Sam for 8 years in Laredo as a Customs Inspector. He was always somebody you hoped would be on your shift because of his joyful personality. My sincereest condolences to his family and friends.


Rommie Requena-Iruegas

March 08, 2018 8:33PM

Please receive my deepest condolences on your loss. I met Sam at the Port of Laredo. May the grace of God comfort you during this difficult times. May God's perfect love be with you all in the Mighty Name of Jesus.


Cesar R. De Los Santos

March 06, 2018 8:31AM

To the Menchaca Family, I would like express my heartfelt condolences for the passing of Sam.
Sam was my Field Training Officer when I arrived from the US Customs Academy in August 1996. I pray that you find comfort in our Lord Jesus Christ during these difficult times of grief.


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