Francisco “Frank” Santos

March 1, 2024
Francisco “Frank” Santos

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Francisco Babauta Santos, MSgt, USAF (Retired) of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed away peacefully on March 1, 2024 with his wife Margaret by his side.

Known to those close to him as “Frank”, he was born on Guam on the first of August 1963, to Antonia and Francisco Santos, and was the eldest of seven children.  Growing up he attended Father Duenas Memorial High School in Mangilao, and after graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force. His first stop on what would become a long and illustrious career in aircraft maintenance was Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, after which the Air Force took Frank and his family to many duty stations across the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Oman.

Frank Retired after 26 distinguished years of service to his country having proudly served in combat during the Gulf War and Operation Enduring Freedom. During his service he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense service medal with 1 service star, and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

After retiring, he began a career with Northrop Grumman as a Project Manager on a major international Air Force Program. After many years of distinguished service, Frank retired to the Blue Ridge Mountains with his beloved wife where he enjoyed hiking with his dogs, fishing, and exploring the region’s many wineries and breweries.

Frank, known to some as ‘The Bourbon Whisperer’, was an avid Bourbon collector and was the local authority on historical distilleries and bourbon releases.

He was passionate about global and local issues and believed in helping others, showing his love for his community through volunteering at the Nelson County Food Bank, using his life experience to assist countless young people with setting goals, and providing encouragement, mentorship, and friendship for young military members.

A lifelong learner, Frank earned his Bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University, and his Master’s in Business Administration from Colorado State University.  Frank believed that education was the key to success and that a commitment to learning demonstrated discipline, organization, and critical thinking.

Frank was a devoted husband to Margaret Sobey, with whom he shared a true love match. He was a devoted father to his children Francisco “Frankie” Santos, Jared Santos, Matthew Sobey, Michael Sobey, Alysha and her husband Nicholas Sanchez, Bryanna-Marie Santos, and Catherine Baldwin (Gary), through which he leaves behind a legacy of love and commitment. He is also survived by his mother, Antonia, his siblings Tony (Lisa), John (Velma), Paul (Winnie), Margaret (John), Raymond (Joanne), and Rosita, as well as grandchildren Dominic, Sumahi, and Matua.

Services to honor Frank’s life will be held at Bucktrout Funeral Home, with visitation on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM with a Rosary service to start at 4:00 PM, and a service with full military honors on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Tunnel to Towers in Francisco’s name. May his memory live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

Funeral Service

Thursday, March 7, 2024
11:00 AM

Bucktrout Funeral Home - Directions
4124 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Visiting Hours

Bucktrout Funeral Home
  • Wednesday, March 6, 2024
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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  • March 06, 2024
    Vincent Leon Guerrero says:
    Condolences to Margaret, children and grandchildren, and to Tonit and Frank’s brothers, sisters and their families, as you mourn Frank’s passing to eternal life. Rest in Peace, Frank.

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