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Leavitt's Mortuary
Tuesday September 8th, 2020
5:00pm - 7:30pm

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Tuesday September 8th, 2020

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Wednesday September 9th, 2020

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Santiago C. Sandoval Jr.

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Santiago C. Sandoval, Jr. (Santi) on Sunday, August 30, 2020. He passed away unexpectedly in the early morning hours in his sleep at home. Although it leaves a void in our hearts, we know that he is reunited with his angel mother, whom he dearly missed since the day she earned her angel wings.

Santiago was born to Jim and Elaine Sandoval in Ogden at St. Benedict’s Hospital. He was born with Spina Bifida and was not expected to survive the night. As he liked to announce every birthday, that was the first of MANY times that he would defy all the odds. Over the years, the medical field was unable to explain why he would get sick or what was making him better. Family was told that they must be a “family of faith” because there was no medical explanation. This faith helped him succeed in 43 years of life.

Despite Santiago’s many challenges, he was extremely happy to be able to live a very independent, fulfilling, and blessed life. One of his earliest community recognitions was in 1984 when he was selected for the poster child for the United Way of Northern Utah. He has always had an infectious smile, laugh, and personality.

Santiago attended school in the Ogden City School District where he developed special relationships with his teaching and supportive staff and his classmates. He graduated from Ogden High School in 1996 where his father was able to present him with his high school diploma. While he was attending high school, one of his greatest accomplishments was being selected as Manager on the Varsity basketball team. He briefly attended Weber State where he thrived in the social side of college education.

Santiago never met a stranger and developed many “family” groups whom he loved, and they loved him back. One of which was at Fanzz Sports Apparel in the Ogden City Mall where he started as a volunteer greeter shortly after high school. He was eventually hired by the company and was employed for over 10 years. Bout Time Pub and Grub became his next frequented spot in the Newgate Mall and was eventually offered a job as an ID checker where he was paid to watch his favorite sports all day long. After his employment ended, he continued to spend time with his Bout Time family at both the Ogden and Layton pub. He was a staple at both the Newgate and Layton City Malls and he treasured everyone he met and got to spend time with there.

Santiago was a devout Raiders, Dodgers, and Utah Jazz fan (unless they lost, then they were EVERYONE else’s teams). If those were NOT your teams, you DEFINITELY heard about it. His love for the LA Dodgers extended to the Ogden Raptors. He was a season ticket holder, and this is where he developed his Raptors family. For anyone that may not have been able to see his apartment, it was decorated like a sports memorabilia shrine with all the above teams.  One of his greatest joys was showing off his sports pride. RN4L!

Santiago enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family and friends; attending sports events with his “favorite” brother-in-law, Meo; and attending concerts and listening to music, especially music from Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Rogers, and the Oakridge Boys. He also loved hosting watch parties for WWF/WWE and attending live events when they came into town. He whole-heartedly enjoyed helping look after his two nephews, Jordan and Austin.

Santiago was an active member of the Catholic faith and attended the Holy Family Catholic Church as his parish.

Santiago is survived by his father, Jim Sandoval (Krista Hyer); siblings Maria Sandoval, Melinda (Emiliano) Rocha, and Antonio (Tifani) Sandoval; nephews, Emiliano Jr. and DeAngelo Rocha, Jordan and Austin Sandoval; grandparents, Dan and Ramona Valdez; godparents, Rick and Marianna Sandoval; godchildren, Edriena and Edison Ochoa; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and many special friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Elaine; grandparents, Fillie and Stella Sandoval; his beloved chihuahua, Raider; his nephew doggie, Pugsley; and many other loved ones.

The family would like to send their deepest gratitude to all the doctors and nurses from Primary Children’s Hospital, Ogden Regional Medical Center, and all the drivers and staff from his Paratransit family. Also, a special thank you to Dr. Stephen Bruce for his treatment and compassion for Santiago.

Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. with a Rosary from 7:30-8:00 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, UT.  Due to COVID, masks are required to attend.

 In honor of Santiago, the family would love if you dressed up in any of his favorite sports gear or team colors.

A private mass will be held for immediate family.

Graveside Services will be held on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at 11:15 am at Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Primary Children’s Hospital in his name.

In his memory, live life to the fullest and have a super day!!!

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A candle was lit in memory of Santiago Sandoval Jr.

Michele Sparks Sep 10 2020 12:00 AM

I am so sadden by Santiago's passing. I have had many conversations with Jim about Santiago and I know you were so proud of him. Jim, I just want you and your family to know I am praying for all of you and wishing peace and comfort in your hearts.

Michele Sparks Sep 10 2020 12:00 AM

Julie and I were sadden by the news of Santiagos passing. I just remember him as a teenager and how positive he was with everyone. He would always brighten up a room with his smile and laugh. Our prayers and love are with Jim and all of the family. Julie and Marshal Garrett

Marshal and Julie Garrett Sep 9 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Santiago Sandoval Jr.

Kenny & Rosie Fraga Sep 9 2020 12:00 AM

Melinda & Millo - We are saddened to hear of your loss. Our hearts go out to you and the entire Sandoval family. Santiago is in good hands and is back again with his mama. May our Dear Lord surround you all and bless you with compassion and love and help mend your broken hearts so that with the help from each other, you call can heal. God Bless you all !

Kenny & Rosie Fraga Sep 9 2020 12:00 AM

Santiago was an amazing young man. I loved to sneak up on him and give him a kiss on his cheek. Hed get so mad at me! He loved to tease me endlessly when I saw him. I know Elaine met him with open arms.

Julieann Benyo Cherry Sep 9 2020 12:00 AM

Loved cheering on the Ogden Raptors with Santi! What a guy! Everyone enjoyed his stories and humor. Lots of memories of Santi. I was the Gummy Bear Gal and I had to make sure he got some gummies each night, or I was in big trouble and had to double the amount the next night

I have been missing live baseball this year and have often thought of the fans--Santi crossed my mind often. Missing ya buddy! Run, jump, and dance up there in heaven!

Chris Hicks Sep 8 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Jim and Cathy,
Santiago will always hold a special place in my heart. He was such a tease and lived life fully. Elaine Im sure met him with opened arms. I loved him dearly and loved to sneak up on him and give him a kiss. Hed get so mad at me! He was truly a blessing.

Julieann Benyo Cherry Sep 8 2020 12:00 AM

Of the many memories I have of Santiago, the one that stands out most in my mind is the very cold, blustery, winter day He ended upside down in a snowbank, next to an outdoor trash can, at Ogden High School. The how, where, and why of how Santiago arrived in this temporary predicament is quintessentially, Pure Santiago Style. Propelled out the door by his 3 Greatest loves in those days: Dr. Pepper, Socializing, and Sports (Not necessarily in that order), He had been hobnobbing with his cronies on the latest Jazz Stats. Not wanting to litter, he attempted to score a 3 point shot with his empty Dr. Pepper can. The rest is history.

Mary Anna Gajewsky Clay Sep 8 2020 12:00 AM

So thankful that I had the honor to know Santiago- he rode the paratransit bus- I was his driver just Friday before. He always threatened to buy me a Dodgers hat- I told him I couldnt wear that- I am a giants fan !!RIP my friend

Danny Draper Sep 8 2020 12:00 AM

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