SGM Armando A. Canales

January 27, 1939October 30, 2012

Special Forces Sergeant Major Armando “Mando” A. Canales went to be with our Lord when he died of a heart attack in his home at the age of 73 in San Antonio, TX on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. He was born in Uvalde, Texas and is survived by his siblings, Ernesto Canales, Queta Young, Raul Canales, and Delfina Estrada, and brother-in-law, Dan Apolinar. Married to his high school sweetheart, Angie for 53 years, he is survived by: his children, Frank, Monica, Natalie, Etta and Gentry; grandchildren Matthew, Alex, Christine, Eric and Justin; great-granddaughter Makenzie, and a robust family of loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and devoted friends. A true and noble warrior, Mando prominently served his country for 25 years from 1958 to his retirement in 1983, serving in Okinawa, the Dominican Republic, Vietnam and Europe. After retirement, he taught Junior ROTC at Burbank High School for 15 years. The Sergeant Major took the helm as President of the Special Forces Association Green Beret Chapter 15 in San Antonio, where he continued to serve for over 30 years. A firm believer in God and country, he was known for his quiet strength, compassionate helping hand, and constant and consistent devotion to his family, he left this world respected, much loved and revered — confident that his love was felt by all who came into contact with him. A Gathering of family and friends will take place on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 6-9 pm with a Rosary to be recited at 6:30 pm at Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, Texas, 78218. A Graveside Service will take place at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 11:30 am.


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 7, 2012
  • Rosary Service Wednesday, November 7, 2012
  • Graveside Service Thursday, November 8, 2012

SGM Armando A. Canales

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November 27, 2012

Dad, Soldier, Comrade, Friend, Granfather, Uncle, Patriot, my Father, forever! Frank

November 20, 2012

Friends, Relatives, Comrades, and all students, neighbors and acquaintances also: from the bottom of my heart and on the behalf of my entire family, thank you so very very much for the kind words of sympathy and prayers and memories, concern for my dear father's heavenly soul. He was a great person in so many different ways to all who knew him. God bless us all, Frank E.Canales

Maria Tinajero

November 18, 2012

To the family of Mr.Canales, I belong to the Special forces VFW. I only knew Mr. Canales~Mando for a short time, however, my prayers are with the family! Mr. Canales was a gentle soul, he will be deeply missed by all!! God's Blessings, Maria Tinajero

November 14, 2012

Dear Angie and Family,

The loss of our dear Mando leaves a void that will never be filled again. He was a sweet, kind, and loving man who always took care of, not only his immediate family, but his extended family, as well. Angie, he loved you most of all!

What a great example of kindness, gentleness, and forgiveness he leaves behind to his children, grandchildren, and now his great grandchild, Makenzie, as well as to his remaining siblings. Mando loved his fellow men and we will follow his example.

We know that Mando is in heaven in the arms of Our Lord, with his Mom & Dad; his siblings; and Debbie, Dundy, Ana, and Albert, as well as with his fellow soldiers.

Mando was not only my brother but a wonderful mentor, confidant, and friend! Eddie and I will miss him till we meet him again on the other side.

We four always had such a great time together, especially when you came to Arizona so that Angie could see eveything he wanted her to see. We even walked "the rim" at the Grand Canyon, as that was something that he really wanted to do.

Angie, may Our Lord give you all the strength to carry on during this most difficult time. We're here for you and your family, always.
Rest in everlasting peace, dear Mando.

We love all you so much,

Sis and Brother-in-law,
Fina & Eddie Estrada

November 10, 2012

Loving Father, devoted soldier, may God continue to bless your sweet memory in the minds of all the many you touched with your honored conviction, morale courage, service to our nation, and high esteem and love you garner from friends, comrades, and students. You richly deserve all effusive memories. your loving son, Frank

Christina Fuentes

November 9, 2012

May god bless the family of Sergeant Major Canales. I was one of his students in ROTC at Burbank High School. He knew my brother as well. N i believe he went 2 school with my dad. My deepest condolences goes to his family and friends. He was a great teacher and pretty sure a great husband, father, uncle, grandfather. May god bless everyone!

Carolyn Taylor

November 8, 2012

Dear Angie and family. I am so sad to learn of SGM Canales passing. I remember him when he served with the ROTC unit here at what is now Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He was always such a kind and gentle man. He also had a great sense of humor. I have thought of him often since he left here and moved to San Antonio. I kept up with him through former cadets and LTC Melendez now and then. My prayers are with you and your family during this time.

Senator Leticia Van de Putte

November 8, 2012

Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved. There are never any right words to express how deeply sad I am for the pain your family is enduring at this difficult time.

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations, I am sincerely thankful for his valiant service in defense of our rights and freedom.

His commitment to family, friends, our community, and to serving our great nation leaves a wonderful legacy. May the love and the wonderful memories you shared with him help you when you need it most. He will never be forgotten, and your family will be remembered in my prayers.

Jerry Pesina

November 8, 2012

I remember knocking at the door to your office and saluting you to gain entry. I now knock on you memory and salute you for everything you had ever taught me and the deep respect i have for you. Rest in Peace warrior of God, you have earned it and much more.

Estella De La Fuente

November 7, 2012

Rest in Peace Armando, you were a great, giving person. I will never forget all of your help in obtaining my brothers information and for help in receiving all of his medals while he was in Viet Nam. You were going tp pin them on my brothers uniform. God bless you great soldier.