Santiago Tabino, Jr

Obituary of Santiago Tabino, Jr

Santiago Tabino, Jr., a long-time resident of Portland, Oregon, entered peacefully into the Kingdom of Heaven on November 19th, 2020 at the age of 79. Known as “Junior” within the family, his friends knew him simply as “Santi”.


Santi was born in the city of Pasig in the Philippines on the 28th of June 1941. He was the fourth child and first son of Guadalupe (nee Alfajardo) and Santiago Tabino- a soldier in the Philippine Scouts with the US Army. In May 1953, at the age of 11, the young Santi came to America with his mother and six siblings, joining their father at his Army post in Washington state. By July of 1953, the Tabinos had made their home in Portland, Oregon.


As a teen, Junior ran track and was active in his school’s Glee Club. Classmates shortened his given name and forever more he would be known as “Santi”. Soon after graduating from Portland’s Central Catholic High School in 1959, Santi enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He saw extensive combat in Vietnam, was honorably discharged after more than seven years of service, and remained a life-long, always-loyal advocate of the Marine Corps; “Semper Fidelis”. Santi spent several years traveling the country after leaving the military. He met and married Margery Jean “Margie” Smith in 1972. They started a family and had four children together before divorcing in the mid-1980s. Santi lived out the latter half of his life in Portland.


A caring friend, Santi was famous for gifting four-leaf clovers and for cooking traditional Filipino dishes in the Cebu-style taught to him by his grandmother as a child. He found joy in sharing laughs with his friends at the Horse Brass Pub, where his mastery of throwing darts and his infectious smile were legendary.


Santi was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by four children and ten grandchildren. In accordance with his wishes, his ashes will be returned to the Philippines.

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