Jose Antonio Santana

September 16, 1975 - December 2, 2020
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Jose Antonio Santana

September 16, 1975 – December 2, 2020

Jose Antonio Santana was born on September 16, 1975 to the union of Jacinto Santana and Maria Negron in Puerto Rico. And from a very young age, Jose Antonio developed a lifelong love for the game of baseball. This passion for baseball only grew and flourished in part to his uncle and second father figure, Jose Santana, who helped foster dedication for the sport. Eventually, in 1993, his love for the game earned Jose a baseball scholarship where he would serve as a pitcher and first baseman for the Laredo Community College Palominos. Jose Antonio was officially a Texan and a Laredoan.

After college, Jose found himself committed to the city of Laredo, and in hopes of helping out the community, he proudly chose to serve and protect his new home. In 2002, Jose A. Santana was sworn as a police officer for the Laredo Police Department. He valiantly patrolled the streets of Laredo keeping citizens safe until his calling directed him to border protection, and in 2008, Jose Santana began duty as a Customs and Border Protection officer and was assigned to the Laredo Field Office.

Aside from being a model citizen and an invaluable member of the Customs and Border Protection, Jose was also a loving husband and father. After several years of courtship, Jose and Marcella Chaires unified in holy matrimony in 2010. To this union was born his precious daughter, Melania Jiselle Santana.

In his spare time, Jose rooted and cheered for his Boston Red Sox. He was a lifelong Red Sox fan, and his favorite players were Mokie Detts, Yader Molina, David “Big Papi” Ortiz, and Roberto Clementes. During off duty, Jose was also a volunteer coach in local youth baseball and softball leagues. He enjoyed his time as travel team coach and being able to assist all the young athletes. He dedicated his time to sports not just because it was in his DNA but because it was also what brought him closer to his daughter, Melania. To Jose nothing brought him more joy than to watch her play in the field. Those were his favorite and proudest moments.

Jose A. Santana departed from his family and friends on Tuesday, December 2, 2020. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Jacinto Santana Lopez and Maximina Sierra Ortiz; and his maternal grandparents, Saturnino Benitez Negron and Carmen Colon Pantoja.

He leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, Marcella Chaires-Santana and daughter, Melania Jiselle Santana; parents Jacinto Santana and Maria Negron of Puerto Rico; brother Miguel Santana (Iris Geylis & Iza Marilys); sister Vanessa Santana (Vanessa Marie); Manuel & Maria Chaires; Manuel Chaires Jr. (Manuel III & Amber Nicole); Mauricio & Adriana Chaires (Camila, Ivanna, & Renata); Oscar & Mariella Alvarado (Oscar III & Octavio); and Marla Chaires of Laredo, Texas.

The family will be receiving guests on Thursday, December 17, 2020, at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A Holy Rosary will start at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 18, 2020, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Funeral mass will be at 10:00 am. Interment will follow to the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

In accordance with CDC Guidelines, visitors are asked to wear face masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to The proceeds from the GoFundMe will go to a scholarship fund for his daughter, Melania J. Santana.


We would like to offer our sincere thanks and gratitude to the amazing staff, providers, nurses and intensive care unit of Laredo Medical Center who gave such amazing care to Jose A. Santana: Dr. Benson Huang; Tammy Trevino, ACNP; Nana Fernanda Cantu, RN; Mario Galvan, RN;  Amber Hernandez, RN; Dr. Fernando Sanchez; and Camille Jude Saenz, FNP-BC.

A special word of thanks to the Customs and Border Protection Officers, United States Laredo Border Patrol Sector, Laredo Police Department Traffic and Patrol Divisions, and Texas DPS, for their kindness, respect, and your continued support during this difficult time.

We offer our heartfelt thanks to the many friends, neighbours, and well-wishers who have provided emotional and practical support for us.  For those who have telephoned, sent floral tributes, cards and messages of condolences, as well as those who made charitable donations, we are truly grateful.

To those who helped in any way, your contribution made our loss more bearable. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgement as an expression of our deepest gratitude.

Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr., Laredo, Texas 78041 (956) 723-3611. For your convenience, you may leave your condolences to the family online at

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, December 17, 2020

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

A Holy Rosary will begin at 7:00 pm

Service Information

Date: Friday, December 18, 2020

St. Patrick Catholic Church


555 Del Mar Blvd.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, December 18, 2020

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


3600 McPherson Ave.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Donation Information

Scholarship for Melania Santana

Jose “Big Papi” Santana was an amazing father, husband and friend. He was loved by all who knew him. He was the kind of guy whose presence filled a room and brought about laughter and joy to all who were present. He dedicated his life to public service, first as a policeman and later a federal law enforcement officer. His love for sports was only surpassed by his love of his wife and daughter. He made the ultimate sacrifice for his country as a first responder during this epidemic. To honor this larger than life man who always put duty and family first, we would like to raise a scholarship fund for his beloved daughter Melania. She was his whole world. Help us bless his family with love, prayers and support during this difficult time.

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Born: September 16, 1975
Died: December 2, 2020

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Analia Salazar posted on 12/21/20

A few weeks ago, I found out a very dear co-worker of mine from Laredo, TX sadly passed away. I had the great pleasure of being Santana’s #834 classmate at CBP’s FLETC Academy (Glynco, GA). A very fond memory our CBP classmates & I shared with Santana was the day he had his PT run test. Santana had a prior injury on his leg that did not allow for him to run in the required time to pass his test. We all kept on encouraging Santana by running with him daily after class(on our own time) until the much anticipated test date for his run. I was so determined to support my fellow classmate pass his run, that the day of the run I pleaded with our class instructor to allow me & the rest of my fellow classmates (the other half of our original #834 group) to get out 15 minutes early, so that we could make it to the track field where Santana & the rest of our group would be getting ready to run their much anticipated mile and a half. Our instructor said, “Of course, go support your fellow classmate Santana!” Our group immediately ran towards the track field and found the group had already began their run test. We all began cheering Santana on! You should have seen Santana’s look of surprise as we all called out his name & cheered him on with shouts & claps! ? Santana was so excited, he began to sprint the last 200 yards! For those of you that don’t know our Santana (a.k.a “Papi”), he is is not only big framed, but also huge at possessing a noble & kind heart! ? I wish you could have seen the amount of excitement & cheering that went on that day at that track field the last 200 yards! People who were passing by to their next classes stopped and joined in on the cheering too!!! A big crowd formed! Santana ended his test run that day as a true champion! Our hearts were full of overjoy to learn he passed his run well underneath the required time!! We all hugged him & cried with him!! ?? our instructor Mr. Farias later told us that Santana’s run became a legend on campus. They showed his video to later classes to show them how our group was the first to support each other in such a never seen way. We thank you for your service my fellow CBP classmate! Rest In Peace “Papi”! You will forever be our #834 class champion! ?? *** My most sincere condolences to Jose Santana’s wife, daughter, family & friends. Analia Salazar (CBP Officer at the Skagway Port of Entry in Alaska)***


James B. Boyd posted on 12/19/20

Condolences to the family of Jose Santana. I knew Jose from the time he came into the police academy and he was truly one of the “good guys.” He was kindhearted and was in effect a gentle giant. I remember like it was yesterday when he left to Glynco, Georgia to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in 2008 to become a U.S. Customs officer. Due to his large frame, he struggled with extreme difficulty during the final physical evaluations there, but was so beloved by his fellow classmates that they all came together and literally cheered him over the finish line. It was the thing of legend, and the video is still used at the FLETC as a motivational training tool. Jose’s tremendous determination and dedication to the task of passing the academy, no matter how difficult the physical training was, was paramount to him; he was absolutely determined to persevere so that he could become a Customs officer and represent the country he so much loved, and to support his wonderful family. He never gave up on his dream, and with the support of his FLETC classmates, he passed the academy and became a federal officer. I was fortunate to have traveled to Glynco, Georgia to see him graduate. He was so proud that he had made it, but was also very thankful that he had made it through the grueling process, and was also so very happy that after so many months away from his family he was going to finally return home to them. Although his body is gone now, his spirit and memory will live on in all those he knew and all those people who admired him not only for the man he was, but also for the inspiration he provided to many others around him. R.I.P. Jose, and I can’t stop thinking about your world-class finish at the FLETC academy so many years ago. Truly Legendary!


Rogelio S Gonzalez posted on 12/18/20

Jose... vivimos una experiencia increíble en el retiro de ACTS, nos hermanamos y nos estuvimos saludando casi a diario y luego... muy sorpresiva tu partida. Te doy un abrazo con la esperanza de estar con Dios algún día, esa es nuestra Fe. Un abrazo familia!


Garcia and Jaime Family posted on 12/18/20

I’m lighting a candle in your dear loved one’s honor. I know words can’t take away the hurt you’re feeling, but I want you to know how much we care. Sending you love and strength in this time of loss. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalms 34:18


Martinez posted on 12/18/20

My condolences to the family. ❤


Adriana Padilla posted on 12/18/20

My sincere condolences to you and your family. May you find comfort in knowing you are not alone and that you are surrounded by those who care for you.


ignacio herrera posted on 12/18/20

I am so sorry for your loss. But just remember that while he may be gone from this earth heaven has gained an angel. He will forever watch over all of us, especially his wife and daughter. Descanza en paz mi amigo. Algun dia nos veremos otra vez.


Rodrigo Ruiz. Lpd posted on 12/18/20

Jose. May your soul rest in eternal peace. We remain here to carry the torch brother. See you in heaven one of the days.


Maria Reyes posted on 12/17/20

To the family of Jose Santana: We offer our deepest condolences at this difficult time. May GOD guide you and Bless you . We are thinking of you and we offer our prayers. Sincerely from Mr. and Mrs. Esteban Reyes Jr. and Family


Ruben TENORIO posted on 12/17/20

Our most sincere condolences. May he rest in peace.


A.Gomez posted on 12/17/20

You left a deep impact on many lives since the day they met you. May God bring comfort to your families hearts and may you rest in peace. 'Till we meet again my dear friend.


Valerie Wawroski-Rodriguez and family posted on 12/17/20

Marcella my prayers are with you, your daughter and family. He was a great husband, father and son. May he Rest In Peace and look upon you as an Angel from Heaven. Anything you may need please let us know.


Jessica Acevedo posted on 12/17/20

My condolences to all the family. May he rest in peace and may God send you comfort.


Melisa Sepulveda Bernal posted on 12/17/20

My condolences to you & your family on the loss of a great husband & wonderful father. May he rest in peace. I am so sorry.


Kathleen Cheney posted on 12/15/20

My sincerest heartfelt sympathy in your loss. I did not know Officer Santana but he sounds like a wonderful man and I know you will miss him immensely. As part of the Customs family I share your loss and will keep you all in my prayers. Supervisory Import Specialist Kathleen Cheney


Andres Gerardo Zamudio posted on 12/14/20

In memory of José Antonio Santana, Andres Gerardo Zamudio lit a candle


Andres Gerardo Zamudio posted on 12/14/20

Familia de Jose, Lamento profundamente la perdida de Mi estimado compañero de mesa del retiro de ACTS de DIC/16. Afortunadamente nos escribiamos casi diario en nuestro grupo de WhatsApp y eso nos unio mucho, ademas de vernos con bastante frecuencia en los juegos de beibol de los Tecolotes aqui en Laredo TX y ocacionalmente en el puente al cruzar por el SENTRI... Definitivamente que lo recordare toda mi vida con su habitual sonrisa y su Don de gente, QDEP y para Ustedes mis oraciones para poder recibir BENDICONES y poder aceptar este dificil momento


Heriberto Avalos & Family posted on 12/14/20

Marcella, Our deepest condolences to you, Melania, and the rest of the family. Santana was a great man and a good friend. May he Rest In Peace. He will be missed dearly. Prayers for strength during this difficult time.


Judge Oscar Liendo posted on 12/14/20

My sincere condolences to the family. Officer Santana was a good man and always very polite and outgoing. May he R.I.P.


Andrés santos posted on 12/14/20

Mi más sinceras condolencias para toda la familia en paz descanse mi gran amigo baby Santana.


Juan C BArberena posted on 12/14/20

In memory of Jose Antonio Santana, Juan C BArberena lit a candle


Iruegas Family posted on 12/14/20

To the Santana-Chaires Family: Celebrating the life of a good man and mourning his passing with you. Please receive our deepest condolences during this difficult time. May the Grace and Love of God be with you. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. ~ Mathew 5:4 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God ~ Mathew 5:8


Itza Santana posted on 12/9/20

Itza Marielys segunda sobrina uffff como saber que ya no estas como quisiera que fuera un sueño & verte como eras siempre alegre & relajando Te ame & te amare x el resto de mii vida mii Tio Jose Papa Dios te llamo muy temprano pero aun q no lo entienda tu partida Dios es nuestra fortaleza I love u to the moon & back ????????????? Big Papi ? RIP MY LOVE mi Tio Jose ????


Marcelino Rangel posted on 12/9/20

With my sincere condolences to the Santana Chaires family. His presence will be missed at the Port of Laredo. Rest in Peace.


Lucien Campbell posted on 12/9/20

You were one of the officers in Laredo that I always looked forward to working with! You made my day by making me laugh at all the things you had seen. RIP Papi!


Vanessa Marie posted on 12/9/20

Mi tío ?soy su sobrina Vanessa Marie es como un sueño saber que ya no estarás con nosotros ?Te Amo y siempre Te amare mi tío ?


Itza Ramos posted on 12/8/20

Que descanse en paz allá en el cielo con nuestro Padre Celestial, que Dios de mucha fortaleza a toda su familia.


Eric M Vera posted on 12/8/20

My condolences to all your family, specially your wife and sweet daughter. Know that they are not alone. The CBP family will be there. To big papi. One of the original boricua OG from CBP Laredo. The 06, 07 group will miss your smile, sense of humor, ethics, advise, and everything you've done. You represented us with dignity and honor. Nuestra Bandera sigue en alto. Papi calienta ese brazo y sigue jugando en el cielo. Nos veremos en el field pronto mi hermano. Descansa en paz. El senor te tenga en su gloria.


Ricardo Rios posted on 12/8/20

R.I.P. my friend. Condolences to Mrs Santana and her daughter.


Gregory Alvarez posted on 12/8/20

On behalf of the San Juan Field Office, I express our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Santana-Chaires family. CBP Officer Santana was a dedicated officer who will be missed by his many friends in Texas and Puerto Rico.


Paul Schweitzer posted on 12/8/20

May God rest your soul.


Alexander Soler posted on 12/8/20

It’s so strange to speak of my brother In blue Santana in the past tense. He was taken so suddenly. One moment he was here joking around with me like always over a taco and some coffee and the next moment he is gone. It’s sad not to hear his loud and hilarious outbursts at work, or to see his eyes light up when talking about his daughter. He was so proud of Melania. He was her biggest fan, always supporting her 100%. Their bond was so evident. You could see that his wife and daughter meant everything to him. Ready and willing to adjust his schedule at work help his daughter with school so his wife could work. That’s who he was. A larger than life guy everyone loved to be around. He just made your day. It breaks my heart to know that this great man will no longer bless us with his presence but I am comforted knowing that he is with our Lord and Savior in heaven. We can all learn a little something from Big Papi. There is nothing more important than your family... there is no reason you can’t have fun at work... there is no reason you can’t have a tremendous impact on those around you just by being kind, and Being yourself. Love you BIG PAPI!! Till we meet again... -Soler


CBP/OFO Chaplain Ruben Tenorio posted on 12/8/20

My most sincere condolences to the Santana family. Big Papi was a wonderful CBP brother who I had the pleasure of working with and like the big man that he was, so was his humble heart. Hasta luego hermano.


edwin ramos posted on 12/8/20

Que en el cielo estés junto al Dios padre vuela alto ??


Roman posted on 12/7/20

Our deepest condolences to the Santana family. Jose Santana will always be remembered as a good person. May he rest in peace.


Jesus M Vaquera posted on 12/7/20

To Santana-Chaires family, my deepest condolences and sympathies to you on the passing of Jose Santana. He was a great friend and great police officer. He always had a great smile and was a always ready to help . He will always be " Big Papi" to me. May he rest in peace.


Cesar & Monika Garay & family posted on 12/7/20

On behalf of the Garay family, our deepest condolences go out to you Marcella, Melania and Santana/Chaires family. We will always remember Jose in our baseball family. May God grant you the strength to deal with this difficult time.


Gabriel E Martinez, Jr. posted on 12/7/20

To the Santana and Chaires family: I want to express my condolences on the passing of Jose. He was a proud member of the Sector III Patrol Command during his time with the LPD. He was respected and liked by everyone due to his big heart, kind personality and willingness to always help his fellow officers. He was a great police officer and always took pride in his work. He was a friend to many. May God grant you the strength to cope with his loss. May Jose rest in peace.


Irma Becera posted on 12/7/20

Family Chaires - Santana, Mr. Santana was a great person always with a smile. A wonderful Police Officer, father and husband. He was a really nice person you can talk too. Our deepest condolences in this time of sadness. We send you prayers and love through this time. He will be gone from our sight but never forgotten from our hearts. Blessings, may you find peace and comfort. Omar H. Moreno Jr. & family.


Benito Barragan posted on 12/6/20

My deepest condolences to the Santana family. May god bless the family and give them strength to heal on this difficult time. Santana will always be remembered as an outstanding and amazing person. May he rest in peace.


Gilbert Vazquez III posted on 12/6/20

On behalf of the Vazquez family, we wanted to send our heartfelt condolences to Marcella, Melania and the whole Santana-Chaires family. Today we reminisce about the days he was with us. He was such a good friend and fun to work with. And although one should never question God's reason in choosing to take him, take comfort in knowing that Jose will always be present in our memories and in our hearts. God bless you.


Eduardo Tellez III posted on 12/6/20

Santana was one of the first to reach out and welcome me to CBP when i was a rookie. I learned alot from him and for the past 6 years, i was honored to earn his friendship. I will never forget him cheering and clapping out of no where, out loud for officers to have a good shift, the constant joking and making fun of each other to get a good laugh at work and by phone, and knowing he had my back no matter what. I looked forward to working with him because the day always went by faster. I will truly miss you brother, rest in peace and I will see you again someday.


Suzanne Ramirez posted on 12/6/20

you will be sorely missed by me and my family. You brought so much joy to this world. God must have need a special Angel on the pitcher's mound. Rest in Peace.


Jose Moreno posted on 12/6/20

My condolences to the Santana Family. Santana, you were a dear friend to everyone. I’m going to miss you calling me “2Paaaac!” Every morning at work. You will be greatly missed by everyone. You had a very big heart.


Timothy Allen posted on 12/5/20

Great man. He was the first person who introduced himself to me when I arrived in Laredo. Always happy. Rest in Power brother.


ALAN GARZA posted on 12/5/20

Rest easy “Big Papi” we got it from here!


Cesar R. De Los Santos posted on 12/4/20

To the Chaires-Santana Family. I want to express my heartfelt condolences over the passing of Jose. I worked with Jose, when he graduated from CBP Academy at the bridges. He was a responsible, hardworking officer with a great sense of humor. His greatest pride enjoy was his family, daughter, and his origins, Puerto Rico ??. La isla del encanto! Until we meet again my friend, Rest In Peace!


Luis O. Mata Jr. posted on 12/4/20

Santana ....You were my first partner ever in pd from The very first day I was on my own in district 1, and you couldn’t have been more nicer and humble! You were a great cop and a better human being! A big man with an ever bigger heart! May you RIP Santana! To his family: please know that you are in my prayers!