Salvatore Santo

A Foothills resident for the past 58 years, Salvatore (“Sal”) Santo passed away Thursday, March 12, just two weeks shy of his 84th birthday.

Born to Rocco and Assunta Santarcangelo, Sal was raised with his three siblings (Frances, Marianna and Frank) in Medford, Mass.

After serving in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946, Sal graduated from MIT in 1951 with a degree in chemical engineering. He then moved to California and worked for a series of companies, including Standard Oil, before joining Ralph M. Parsons Corporation in Pasadena, where he was employed for 35 years until his retirement in 1994.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, the center of his life was his family; especially his wife of 45 years, Una. He is also survived by his four children Susan, Stephen, Matthew and Marianne.

Those who knew Sal profited from his sound logic and level-headedness, and quickly discovered that behind his quiet reserve was a remarkably intelligent and agile mind. Sal’s strength of character, wisdom, and his unwavering love and devotion as provider, protector, and guide will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 21, at St. Bede Catholic Church in La Cañada (217 Foothill Blvd.) at 10:30 a.m. Family and friends who wish to attend the viewing may do so from 6-8 tonight at Cabot and Son’s Mortuary, 27 Chestnut St., Pasadena. (626) 793-7159.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Sal’s memory to the American Cancer Society (, or to the Convalescent Aid Society of Pasadena (

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