Retired U.S. Navy Petty Officer Dennis Herbert Santos, beloved husband and father, deployed for the last time Monday, March 25, 2019.
Dennis was born in Tamuning, Guam, in 1947. He joined the U.S. Navy at the height of the Vietnam War. He saw the world aboard some of the Navy’s most celebrated aircraft carriers. His stories inspired his own son to join, and eventually retire from, the Navy, and his daughter to widely travel overseas.
Dennis retired from the U.S. Navy after 21 years of honorable service. He also retired from a second career with the City of Virginia Beach, Department of Public Utilities.
Dennis was a laid-back guy who enjoyed watching movies and telling the occasional off-color joke. There were only two seasons — football and not football. His lawn was the nicest in the neighborhood; it was like plush, deep-green carpet. Dennis was the family grill master, a true expert in charring a lesser cut of meat to juicy perfection.
During warmer months, Dennis spent his days surf fishing or napping on the beach at Dam Neck Naval Base. He had an endearing habit of gifting handle after handle of liquor to his adult children and friends, always hoping they would have fun and be happy. Dennis enjoyed country music, especially on road trips.
Most of all, Dennis deeply loved his family. Melchora, his wife of 49 years, was his heart and soul. Together, they forged a life in the United States, far from their families and native lands. Their adventure included living in Japan, California, Arizona and Virginia. Their enduring love for one another was what we all hope for in a lifelong relationship.
Dennis was proud of his son Herb and his daughter Liz. He treasured his grandchildren Drew and Grey and constantly delighted in how smart and funny they were. Family gatherings featured massive amounts of food, questionable stories and laughing out loud for hours.
For the rest of our earthly days until we see you again, we hold you dearly in our hearts. Fair winds and following seas, Dad. Hu guiaya hao.
A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, March 30, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Lynnhaven Chapel.
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