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Santiago Jim Silva


December 30,1932 – October 28, 2017 On Saturday, October 28, 2017, Santiago Jim Silva died peacefully at his family home in Silver Spring, MD. His family celebrated his life at a mass at his church, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

The eldest son of Benigno Silva and Amalia (Garcia) Silva, Silva was a native of San Antonio, Texas and a graduate of San Antonio’s Central Catholic High School, St. Mary’s College, and Our Lady of the Lake College. He was a teacher, coach, and athletic director at St. Gerard’s and Holy Cross high schools. He was also one of the original planners of the San Antonio Neighborhood Youth Organization (SANYO), and an active leader and lifelong member of San Antonio’s League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Silva moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the U.S. Department of Labor, where he served as a manpower development specialist, special assistant for Latin American affairs, and a member of the U.S./Mexican Commission for Border Development. He was married to Mary (Mackelmann) Silva and had two daughters.

He is survived by both of his daughters, Cristina Silva and Elena Silva, his son-in-law Brian Woodward, his grandchildren Riley Hinton, Elian Woodward, and Gabriela Woodward, and a host of other dear family and friends in the Maryland-DC area and in San Antonio.

He is buried at the Maryland Veteran’s Cemetery in Crownsville, MD, and will be remembered and dearly missed by all who loved him.


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