You’d see Alfonso Santillan wearing his Marine uniform in just about every parade or Veteran’s event in the Prescott area. From his work with the Young Marines to laying wreaths at the Veterans Cemetery, Alfonso was a visible supporter of men and women in uniform.
Alfonso joined the Marine Corps in 1965 when he was just 17 years old. He was promoted to Sergeant when he was only 21 years old. During his service in the Marines, Alfonso earned two Purple Hearts and two Presidential Unit Citations when he was injured in battle. In 2009, Alfonso was inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, the highest honor awarded by the Governor for contributions to fellow veterans and Arizona citizens.
Alfonso passed away on Sunday, October 2. It was his final wish to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, but the costs of the arrangements are more than his family can afford.
"If anybody deserves to be in Arlington, it would be Alfonso,” former Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall said. "He showed off being a Marine. He was a good friend of the City and of the veterans in our community.”