OBITUARY

Michael Ervin Santero

May 27, 1957June 3, 2020
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Michael Ervin Santero, “Big Mike”, passed away of a heart attack 6/3/2020 at his home in Belton, MO. He was 63. He was born in Kansas City, MO 5/27/1957 to parents Ervin Lee and Delores Catherine Santero. He was the “baby” of the family having two older sisters Judy Rodak and Cindy Santero.

He graduated from North Kansas City High School and still has many friends from his teenage years. He was married to the love of his life Jill Elmer on 3/26/83 at the Wornall House Museum.

He was Road Manager, lighting and pyro technician for the Band “Gran Max”. They toured with the likes of “Rush” and Ted Nugent to name a few. He and Jill moved to Hollywood, CA in 1985 where they lived for 20 years. He owned his own print shop “The Art Director” in Burbank, CA where he catered to the Entertainment Industry.

He loved to attend drag racing and he was an avid golfer. He was on a dart league and participated in many tournaments in the Los Angeles area British pubs. His home base was the “Cat & Fiddle” in Hollywood where he played darts with notables such as Jackie Lomax and “Iron Maiden”.

He is survived by his wife, sisters, brother-in-laws Frank Rodak and Dale Lewis, sister-in-law Jacque Lewis and his precious dogs Cricket, Trixie, Gina, Elmer and pigeon L.D.

He was predeceased by his parents, dogs Shanda, Sophia, Tony, Alice, Little Debbie, Norton, Astro and pigeon Den-Den.

Services will be Friday 6/12/2020 at St. Sabina Catholic Church, 700 Trevis Ave, Belton, MO 64012. Visitation at 10:00am and Mass at 11:00am. Masks and Social Distancing are required. Due to the COVID19 virus, attendance is by invitation only but the recorded funeral Mass will be available via e-mail upon request. Please contact Jill after June 13, 2020 for a link to the video. Mike's family would like to extend a special "Thanks" to the Belton Fire Department, their expert assistance allowed Mike to remain at home his last few years as he wished. Per Mike’s wishes, a fireworks send off of his ashes will be scheduled for a later date, for all to attend.

Mike would appreciate donations to: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

“Big Mike” Santero- Making us all laugh since 1957.

  • DONATIONS

  • St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, June 12, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, June 12, 2020

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Cliff and Patty Daniels

June 12, 2020

We came to know Mike when he married my high school girlfriend Jill years ago! It was obvious they were meant for each other and we came to love him because he obviously loved our Jill so much. He was a devoted husband and loved animals as much as Jill did. They were perfect for each other. We'll miss you big Mike. 💖

Patty Leavell

June 9, 2020

Mike was an amazing husband, brother and friend💕 he had an incredible sense of humor and always made me laugh!! He Wii be truly missed. Good bye my friend🙏💐

TIM MCCORKLE

June 9, 2020

JILL I AM EVER SO SORRY FOR MIKES PASSING.HE WAS A WONDERFUL MAN.YOU AND MIKE ALWAYS DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB FROM LIGHTING TO EVERYTHING ELSE WITH GRANMAX AND GREAT FRIENDS.WHEN WE DID OUR 2011 REUNION SHOW IN KC MIKE WAS THERE FOR US AND SO WERE YOU.WE COULDNT HAD DONE IT WITHOUT YOU GUYS.I HAVE SO MANY MEMORIES OF MIKE I CANT EVEN BEGIN WERE TO START.I AM SO SAD .I WILL NEVER FORGET MY FRIEND AND ROAD MANAGER =-BIG MIKE.

Lisa Moore - Scibetta

June 8, 2020

Jill - My deepest condolences on the loss of Big Mike. I have many many fond memories of him. He was such a sweetheart to everyone and a wonderful friend. He made me laugh. He would do anything for his friends. He will be missed by all that knew him. I'm so sorry. Lisa Moore