Santiago B. Del Rio "Chagin"

December 5, 1929January 20, 2021

On Wednesday, the 20th of January 2021, our king left this earth. Santiago B. Del Rio, Husband of Mary Ellen Del Rio, Dad to Valeri, Michael, Rosie, Cynthia, Rachel, Laurie, Richard, and family dog, Faith Del Rio, Brother to Rudy Del Rio of Bend Oregon, Grandfather to 13 plus 1 grand dog, Great Grandfather to 26 and Uncle to many nieces and nephews who he loved as his own.

Dad was born on December 5th, 1929 (which became a national holiday for his family) to the union of Santiago Del Rio and Conception Becerra. Dad enlisted and served in the United States Army and upon his return met our mom. He worked 40 years at Port Hueneme Naval Base and after retiring worked part-time at K-Mart. Dad lived his life as a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather.

He was a man of many trades. Dad could fix anything, but will never be able to fix our broken hearts. Dad enjoyed going to Popeyes, Burger King (for his ice cream cones), and any place that had a simple, delicious meal. He also enjoyed watching Wheel of Fortune every night, Dateline (where his grandson Jeff Del Rio would call and remind him it was on), and he especially loved his Bonzais. He had a sense of humor, always laughing and getting everyone to laugh with him (which would annoy Mom). Dad's life was a wonderful life and it will be carried in our hearts forever. He will now be joined with many family members who have gone before him.


  • Mary Ellen Del Rio, Wife
  • Valeri, Child
  • Michael, Child
  • Rosie, Child
  • Cynthia, Child
  • Rachel, Child
  • Laurie, Child
  • Richard, Child
  • Faith Del Rio, Family Dog
  • Rudy Del Rio, Brother
  • Grandfather to 13 plus 1 grand dog, Great Grandfather to 26, and Uncle to many nieces and nephews who he loved as his own.


  • Viewing

    Thursday, February 11, 2021

  • Rosary

    Thursday, February 11, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, February 11, 2021


Santiago B. Del Rio "Chagin"

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Anita Perez

February 11, 2021

Sorry Nena, I was never told about any services otherwise would have gone to the cemetery. He lived a long life with a lot of memories. Especially when we were going to have a party & he would make the meat in the hole. I'm glad you & him along with other family members attended our 50th anniversary. It will always be a special memory in our hearts. Stay strong & God bless the family.
Love, Tony & Anita Perez

Sandy Del Rio

February 10, 2021

Sending lots of love to Aunt Mary and my So Cal family. My funny Uncle is someone to never forget. He's still making me laugh remembering some of the things he used to say. Wherever I went in the world, coming to his house always felt like home. I'll miss him. I hope to pay my respects as soon as it's safe to do so.

Robert Escareno Jr

February 7, 2021

I'm so sorry for your loss, I always known him as Jimmy DelRio, my dad Esky worked with him at the Base for many years, I remember as a kid he would come to our house and help my dad fix water leaks and many other broken things around our house, he was always happy and telling jokes no matter how hard or big the job him and my dad were working on.. and later on as I was getting older I remember DelRio bringing my dad homemade Menudo, my dad would be so happy, he loved it !! the world lost a Great Man RIP Del Rio.. my Condolences to the family...

Pauline Lovato

January 30, 2021

To The Wonderful Del Rio Family
So sorry for this huge loss. Lots of good memories of his laughter.
Hugs and prayers
Pauline and Family

Nati Marquez

January 29, 2021

Tia Mary and all my Del Rio Cousins,
I am so sorry to hear the passing of my Tio Jimmy. He will be missed. My heart felt prayers to you all. My thoughts of him are happy and funny and that is how I will remember him. I love you all!!! Xoxo, Nati

Kayla Del Rio

January 29, 2021

To my great grandpa, You are the coolest person i have ever met. Thank you for always making the room brighter and full of love. I will always cherish the laughs and advise that you gave me. The world will definitely be a lot less exciting and fun. I will miss you forever

Steve Luna

January 29, 2021

Our condolences to Nena and the entire family. Chagin was always such easy going fun living part of our family get-togethers. I can close my eyes and hear his voice and laughter even now, and it brings a happy smile and a warm feeling to my heart. Rest in peace Uncle.
Steve and Brenda Luna