Santos D. Zavala
January 19, 2018

Santos D. Zavala

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Darling--Mouser Funeral Home
945 Palm Blvd.
Brownsville, TX  78520
Sunday, January 21, 2018
3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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Recitation of the Holy Rosary
Darling--Mouser Funeral Home in the East Chapel
945 Palm Blvd.
Brownsville, TX  78520
Sunday, January 21, 2018
7:00 p.m.
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Funeral Mass
San Pedro Catholic Church
7602 Old Military Road
San Pedro, TX  78520
Monday, January 22, 2018
10:00 a.m.
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Alejandro Garza Cemetery
10276 US Highway 281
Brownsville, TX  78520
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Santos D. Zavala, 79, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle entered into the glory of his eternal life on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at Valley Regional Medical Center with his family by his side.

Santos, who was born in Bishop, Texas, was a longtime resident of Brownsville. Santos worked with TX DoT for 41 years where he worked in several capacities. At TX DoT he was considered a “Jack of All Trades”. At the time of his retirement, Santos was working in Payroll/Bookkeeping for TX DoT.

Santos was an avid Dallas Cowboys Fan. On Sundays during football season, Santos was cheering on ‘Da Boys”. He truly bled Blue and Silver. Santos was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed not only by his family and friends but by all those fortunate to have known him.

Santos is preceded in death by parents, Julia and Marcos Zavala; a sister, Teresa and 3 brothers: Elpidio, Eusebio, and Alberto.

Left behind to eternally treasure their memories of Santos is his loving and devoted wife of 59 years: Maria Alicia Garza Zavala; his son, Alejandro (Susie) Zavala and his daughter, Belinda (Jose) Garza; the 5 grandchildren that were the apple of his eye: Jeremy, Justin, Jennifer, Ana, and Jonathan; and the 10 great-grandchildren that further added to his joy. Santos will also be missed by his siblings: Irene (Sergio) Rodriguez, Francisco, Marcos (Ida), and Arturo (Martha) along with numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and extended family members.

Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, and continue through 9:00 p.m. with the recitation of the holy rosary scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening in the East Chapel at Darling-Mouser. The Funeral Mass is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 22, 2018, at San Pedro Catholic Church in San Pedro, Texas. Committal services will follow at Alejandro Garza Cemetery, 10276 US Hwy 281.

Since Santos was such an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, the family asks those attending either service to please wear anything that is Dallas Cowboys related: t-shirts, jerseys, caps etc.


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  1. SN
    Waco, TX

    Please accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of your loved one.
    At a sad time as this, the Bible gives us comfort at Revelation 21:3&4 where God promises to eliminate sickness, sorrow and death in the future.
    I hope this scripture gives you some consolation.

  2. Leonel and Bonnie Diminguez
    Lyford, TX

    Mr. Zavala, you leave behind many many heavy hearts. You will remain in our lives with your words of wisdom, little sayings and your sense of humor that is one of a kind. Our prayers and love to to the families of this good man.

  3. Christine Mares
    Burleson, TX

    Too Santos was like a second father to me and my sisters. He taught us how to swim by throwing us in the deep end of the pool and watching us from the edge of the pool. He would take us to the movies and tell us to "cover our eyes" during a PG scene. These will be the fond memories that I will always cherish and keep close to my heart. Although, I am unable to be there at this difficult time.,know he is in my thoughts and prayers.

    Tia Litcha, Alex and Belinda, I pray that God keeps you close during this difficult time and that you find peace knowing that he is in a better place watching over you. We have another Angel watching over all of us and keeping us safe. He was a great man and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

    Love you guys!

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