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Mr Rex Lumagbas Santacera

April 28, 1977 ~ March 5, 2019 (age 41)
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Rex touched many lives throughout his time here on Earth. He was unlike any other. Behind that tough exterior, he was a kind, sweet, thoughtful, and loving man. He loved his friends and family unconditionally. 

Rex lived life to its’ fullest traveling the world, trying new foods and resturants, discovering new wineries and breweries, and spending time at the ballparks across the US. 

Rex loved to travel. Along with his wife Elaine, they’ve ventured to Asia, South America, the Carribean, and all over the US. But, he loved Hawaii the most, especially Maui and the Big Island. They visited every year.  For someone who couldn’t swim, he wanted to be in the ocean or close to it. After every Hawaii trip, he talked about moving there. 

Besides traveling, Rex loved food. He enjoyed trying new foods, recipes, food trucks and restaurants. He appreciated good food from any where, it didn’t have to be a Michelin Star Resturant. Rex and Elaine ate at many memorable Resturants around the US. Resturant August in New Orleans where Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman sat behind him. Chicago Cut in Chicago where he would tell you he was jealous of the ribeye steak his wife ordered. The French Laundry was the one meal he enjoyed the most and wanted to go again. 

The two of them also had a palate for tasting fine wines, whiskeys, and beers. They introduced many friends and family members to those same adventures. He loved to go wine tasting in Napa, Paso Robles and Livermore. Also Rex enjoyed discovering new beers and breweries. Although complaining about the long drives to some of these places, he got his hands on the last tastes of 2019 Pliny the Younger and Big Chicken. Lately he’s gained a palate for whiskeys and bourbons. Amassing a huge collection of rare bottles waiting to share with friends.  

He was a huge San Francisco Giants and Warriors fan. He loved going to games and spending time at the ballpark with his wife. Following them to Wrigley Field in 2017 for his wife’s 40th birthday. He knew how much she wanted to visit Wrigley teasing her about her love of the cubs. Both of them tried their first Chicago hotdog and of course the giants won.  They had planned on visiting all the ballparks. 

Besides baseball, Rex loved basketball. He followed the Golden State Warriors regularly. Recently he had an opportunity to watch them at Oracle stadium with friends. Usually he’s at home watching  the warriors on TV and scaring their two dogs, Kilo and Dash when he yells at the TV. They would run and hide by their moms side. 

Everyone who has had the opportunity to know Rex understands that it is an honor to be his friend and part of his family. He left a huge impression on those he’s met once to those he has known forever.  Knowing him is something we will all cherish forever. 

Rex will live on through all of us and he will be watching over his parents, Lone and Rosalina, siblings, Lyn and Roland, wife, Elaine, their dogs Kilo and Dash, and all his family and friends. Please share your Rex story for years to come with all of us. 

He will be saving a seat at the bar in Heaven for all of us and will make sure that we are all together again one day.

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