Domingo Cantu

January 1, 1922November 10, 2012

Domingo Cantu, aged 90, was called by the Lord on November 10, 2012, surrounded by his family. Mr. Cantu was a proud member of the 101st Airborne Division “Screaming Eagles” and fought proudly for our country during WWII. From Normandy on D-Day to the Battle of the Bulge, Domingo risked his life for our freedom and was awarded the Bronze Star medal and two Purple Heart medals among numerous other commendations. He also gave 20 years of loyal service to the Memorial Service Detachment Team at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. His love of God, patriotism, work ethic and devotion to family confer great honor and pride to his entire family. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rose; sister, Santos and son-in-law, Joe Franco. He is survived by his brother, Porfirio Cantu; his loving daughters, Julia Franco, Sylvia Mitchell and husband Douglas. He will be sadly missed by grandchildren: Leticia Rueb and husband Steven, Joe Franco and wife Deanne, Daniel Domingo Franco and wife Christie, Mandy Franco and partner Deena, Lisa Merwin and husband Tyler, Douglas John Mitchell and wife Theresa, and Jessica Mitchell. He will also be greatly missed by his great-grandchildren: Steven, Nicole, J.D., Tanya, Rose, Gabriel, Troy Daniel, Dylan, Isabella, James, Noah, Chava, and Tyler Jr. The family will receive friends at 3:00 p.m., Monday, November 19, 2012 at Funeraria Del Angel Roy Akers for a Rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m. A funeral procession will depart the funeral home at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 20, 2012 to celebrate at 10:00 a.m. Mass at St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. 101st Airborne Division Song “Rendezvous With Destiny” We have a rendezvous with destiny. Our strength and courage strike the spark that will always make men free. Jump right down through the skies of blue; keep your eyes on the job to be done. We’re the men of the hundred-first;we’ll fight til the battle’s won! “Airborne”


  • Visitation Monday, November 19, 2012
  • Vigil Service Monday, November 19, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, November 20, 2012
  • Interment Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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Senator Leticia Van de Putte

November 27, 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.

Carlos Trevino

November 22, 2012

My condolences to you and your family at this time. I will always remember being welcomed in the house off of Military and 90. When I go to Lackland I still think of the Cantus.

Maria Esparza

November 20, 2012

Julie and Sylvia,

We are praying that during this difficult time, you will feel the Lord presence and his loving embrace. May He fill you with peace that surpasses all understanding.

I will always remember your dad as a kind and loving man and he will be dearly missed.

From your cousin, Maria and Patricio Esparza (Porfirio's daughter)

Ed and Hope Fernandez

November 20, 2012

My wife, Hope, joins me in sending the warmest condolences to every Cantu family member. Trooper Domingo was also a member of the Alamo Silver Wings Airborne Association and as such, he was an active participant in almost every event. He stopped attending due to his illness but the members always remembered him and prayed for him and his family. He will be deeply missed. He was a great American who loved and served his country honorably and proudly. We pray that God may forever keep Trooper Cantu in the Fold of His Hands. Ed Fernandez, Chaplain, Alamo Silver Wings Airborne Association

Janie & Alma Cantu Montez

November 19, 2012

To the family of Mingo Cantu, our mother Juanita Cantu montez grew up with Mingo. She has very fond memories of their childhood and lives during the depression era.I remember him during his employment as a bus driver. My mother was always very proud as she would get us on the bus and see her cousin as the operator. Our deepest condolences to his family during this difficult time.

November 18, 2012

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My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow
I was deeply saddened by your loss
May God provide you enough strength to face these difficult times, although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer
I am sorry for your loss, words are not enough to express the grief we feel at the moment .... From Virginia Cantu and Family

The C.A.T Family

November 16, 2012

To my favorite cousin, I know he is with Kuneenee now. What type of greeting she gave him is debatable! I will always remember Domingo with hair white as snow and eyes that always seem to give a sweet smile to go with the wave hello. My prayers have always been with Mandy and Aunt Julia. I pray now that the love and support of family and friends eases the pain. We love you gals!

November 14, 2012


Yolanda Alaniz

November 14, 2012

Julie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of your loss. I am here for you anytime you need me--anytime. Your dad was a very special person and a dear friend to me and will be greatly missed.

Jo Anne Flores Embleton

November 14, 2012

You've always been remembered with great love, Tí­o: For your constant smile, your encouraging hugs and sweet words, but most especially for being such a wonderful, dedicated friend to my mother Victoria when she was in the nursing home. God love you ... and thank you for being our family's true blessing.