Born: Manila on 13 December 1977

Passed away: West Covina on 04 September 2020

Aged: 42 years

Funeral Date: 29 September 2020

Service Details

Join us for a Memorial Mass celebrating Jon's life
Date: Friday, September 25, 2020
Time: 10am (Pacific Time)
Where: St. Lorenzo Ruiz Parish, Walnut, CA

Memorial mass will be live-streamed on the following:
SLR Sacramentos Facebook page:
Lorenzo Ruiz YouTube channel:

Private Internment will be held at Rose Hills on Tuesday, Sept 29.

Funeral Company

Rose Hills Memorial Park

The Story

New Yorker. Environmentalist. Writer. Activist. Foodie. Cat Dad. Funcle. Music Enthusiast. Beautiful Soul

Jonathan Kenneth Santos returned to his creator on Sept. 4, 2020. He was a loving son and best friend to his dad, Jose Ramon (Pitto) Santos.

Jon was born in Manila, Philippines on Dec. 13, 1977 where he spent his early childhood years surrounded by his extended family. In 1987, he and his family relocated to the U.S., where they started in California and eventually settled down on the east coast in NJ and NY.

Jon graduated from Rutgers University majoring in Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior. He worked in New York City as an Environmental Lab Technician and Research Scientist Associate at REAC, a Lockheed Martin contractor for the EPA, and as an Environmental Analyst at NYC Department of Transportation.

Jon was a very intelligent, fun and thoughtful son, brother, cousin, uncle, nephew, grandson, and friend. He was passionate about music of all genres, sports (Go Rutgers!), and movies - in fact, he never failed to reference his favorite movie quotes. He had a great fashion sense and a very sophisticated palate. He was kind-hearted, generous, and enjoyed being in the company of his family and friends. He supported important social causes, always remembered special occasions and cared a great deal for animals and the environment.

In his final years, he resided in West Covina, CA with family.

He will be sadly missed by his father, Pitto, his stepmoms, Maria & Eugenia, his sister, Celina, his 2 loving cats, Alison and Mersault, his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

May you rest in peace Jonathan…you will be missed and forever be in our hearts.

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In memory of Jonathan K. Santos, donations to help cover funeral expenses can be made through this money pool created by his Dad. All donations after funeral expenses will be donated to organizations that Jon supports including NARAL and an animal shelter. Go to link:

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Thank you for all the happy memories, Jon. I will always cherish those. May you rest in peace.

Pebbles Razon-Tabing


Dearest Jon,
My heart will always have room for you. Your being will remain an inspiration to me as it did since you were born and will forever be all through my lifetime. I would say more, but there are not enough words. Have peace, Jon. You will be missed.
With love,

Jose R Santos


I haven’t showed this picture to Joey yet because he’s still devastated, but I thought I should share it with all of you. This photo was taken on May 28th 2020 at Lynn CT. During those final few months, Jon was so happy and at peace. Him and Joey would play Play station 4 games for hours including poker. I would wake up out of my sleep at 2:00 am and still would see Jon and Joey playing the game, and laughing in the living room. If they weren’t in the living room, they were in the backyard laughing, playing poker, and listening to music. Jon was very compassionate. When my brother passed he made me his special Mac and Cheese dinner which I always enjoyed. And when I was sick because of morning sickness he would buy me ginger, lunch, and even at times monitor certain foods I ate. I think he was more excited about a new baby then I was. He enjoyed cooking and cooked for us a lot. Jon was a great cook, and I enjoyed his food. Our last day at Lynn CT Jon brought us all dinner and we all bonded together and shared stories. He helped us put our bags in the car and gave us both a big hug. We told him we would see him again, and bring the new baby by to see him. A few months after we found out he passed and it was devastating to hear. My condolences to the family and I will continue to pray for you all and for Jon.

Mia Moxey


May 28 2020 Jon and Joey

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Love this! Thanks for sharing this great moment.

Santos Family


Pitto & family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
May Jon's fond memories bring you comfort at this difficult time.
Sending our deepest condolences,
Ed, Luz, Melissa & Melvin

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Jon, the 80's rock!

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We met in college and our lives overlapped over the course of 20+ years. You're already missed, my friend.

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Being Jon's Tita, I have happy fond memories of taking care of him back in Manila, Philippines. My sisters and I were like baby sitters to him and his other cousins. He was a little bit hyper and always had a cute smile! When he visited us in Chicago later in his life in 2011, we truly enjoyed his company, filled with lots of cooking and outdoor barbecue, as well as seeing him play basketball and Monopoly with our two sons. Jon, we will miss you so much, Rest In Peace and we will always cherish our memories with you. Love you. Tita Meanne, Tito Sotero, Anton and Alex I dedicate this beautiful song to to you. I loved the 80's too.

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Jon, me, Rishi and Farrel at my wedding, 20 years into our friendship

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