It is with heavy hearts we as a family announce the passing of our son, our brother, our father and our grandfather, Javier Jaime Santana, 51, of Yakima, who succumbed to disease on Sunday, June 14, 2009. He was welcomed into the arms of God after a brief battle with cancer.

He was born July 24, 1957.

He was called J.J. by everyone who knew him. He was a character of sorts. He lived fast and answered to no one, but was always willing to give you the shirt off his back, literally. There was goodness in his heart, you just had to know how to look for it.

One trait that he possessed was the ability to outwork all of us. No matter what the job, you could count on J.J. to pull more than his load and leave the rest of us behind.

He had a ready laugh and crazy sense of humor. J.J. was a man of many talents and a quick study when it came to learning something new.

His early years were spent in California and Texas. Eventually the family settled in Prosser.

During his lifetime, J.J. was a mechanic, a carpenter, a cook, a forklift driver and a machine operator.

His hobbies included fishing and hunting. He was also a most excellent pool player.

In his younger years J.J. also played softball on weekends in tournaments around the Valley.

J.J. is survived by his mother and stepfather, Paula and Salvador Balderas of Grandview; a brother, Ismael Angel Santana (Lisa) of Bellingham; two sisters, Norma Camacho (Juan) of Grandview and Alma Santana of Yakima; three children, Javier Jaime Santana Jr. (Selena) of Prosser, Francisco Luis Santana and fiancé Amanda Herndon of Yakima and Amanda Santana and fiancé Jacoby Horton of Richland; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. All of his children are from a previous marriage to Betty Mendez.

He will be missed. But he will live in our hearts.

Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday, June 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, June 19, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grandview with burial to follow at East Prosser Cemetery.

Those wishing to sign J.J.'s online memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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