Norberto Santana of Temple, 67, lovingly called “Santana” by family and friends, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2022 at his residence.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, May 2, 2022 at Crotty Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Belton. A visitation will be one hour prior to services. His burial will follow at 3:00 P.M. following services at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
Santana was born on September 20, 1954 in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico to Norberto and Ramona Santana Perez. He attended Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico in Hato Rey for 3 years (1972-1975). He served in the U.S. Army from 1976 until his retirement in 1996. After his military career, he worked for Walmart Distribution for over fifteen years. He married Sylvia Garcia on May 19, 1979 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Temple. Santana loved to paint, draw landscapes, and even portraits of his family. He was very passionate about music, and was an expert salsa dancer. Santana enjoyed golf, boxing, baseball, football, cooking, and grilling at barbecues for family and friends.
Santana was preceded in death by his father, Norberto Santana Diaz.
He is survived by his mother, Ramona Santana Perez of San Juan, Puerto Rico; his wife Sylvia Santana of Temple; three daughters, Michelle Pereira and husband Richard of Nolanville; Stacey Elkins and husband Chris of Temple and Melissa Green and husband Cornel of Parkland, Fl.; one brother, Noel Santana and wife, Rosaura of San Juan, Puerto Rico; one sister, Eunice Damaris Rodriguez and husband Jose of San Juan, Puerto, Rico; and eight grandchildren.
Arrangements are entrusted to Crotty Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Belton.