He was born May 9, 1927, in Shiner, Texas, the son of Santiago S. Alaniz Sr., and Andrea Salinas Alaniz. He proudly served his country in the United States Army in WWII. He was a farmer and rancher and owner of the Pawnee Country Store. Mr. Alaniz was also a member of the Karnes City V.F.W.
Santiago is survived by his wife, Maria Rivas Alaniz; his six daughters, Guadalupe A. Velasquez and husband Raul, Margarita A. Camacho and husband Marcelo Jr., Adelita Camacho and husband Mariano, Palmira Alaniz, Maria Helen Alaniz, and Sally Jean Cruces; his three sons, Santiago Alaniz III, and wife Gloria, Alonzo Alaniz, and Martin Alaniz and wife Irma; his 29 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren. Mr. Alaniz was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Eva Ochoa; 3 sisters and 4 brothers.
Visitation was held Friday, November 23, 2012, in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel and a rosary will be recited that evening at 7:00 P.M. Funeral mass was celebrated at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church Saturday, November 24, 2012, at 10:30 A.M., with Rev. Norbert Herman officiating. Interment followed in De Ntra Sra De Guadalupe Cemetery in Pawnee, Texas.
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