Carlos Armando Hidalgo, Sr.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Carlos Hidalgo (“LOS”), our beloved Dad, Brother, Grandfather, Uncle, passed away on Jan. 13, 2022 at age 62.

Los always lived life his way. He gave so much of his heart until it needed to rest. Those who knew him will remember that infectious smile.

Carlos was born in Santa Barbara and was a lifelong Santa Barbaran. He graduated from Santa Barbaa High School in 1978, where he was a star football player “22” for the Dons. He worked as a shipping clerk at Jostens; QAD ,where he was able to travel to many of their marketing events; and the Tiberon, although this was more his hangout.

Carlos’ passion was softball, whether being a star player, coaching, umpiring, or just being a fan. He shared his excellence in sports with his sons Carlos Jr. and Anthony.

He loved to celebrate everything life gave him: hanging out with family and friends, barbecuing, and enjoying Fiesta since his early days where our mom, Cuca, dressed him up as bullfighter to riding horseback in the parade with our Dad, Richard. He enjoyed making tamales to share at Xmas.

Carlos Armando Hidalgo, Sr.

He loved to show off the love of his life, his granddaughter Lily, and his dog buddy Modelo. 

Some of the many tributes on social media: “He was a fun & generous soul;” “provided endless memories;” “one of a kind dude always would give you his wisdom about his thoughts on just the common sense of life.” “He was a satellite patient I would count on to inspire others.”

“MIJO” is preceded in death by his parents, Richard, who taught him the art of making tripas, and Cuca Hidalgo, who fed all his friends. He leaves behind his mom Rafaela Hernandez; sons Carlos Jr. and Anthony; granddaughter Lily; sisters Araceli “Cheli” and Maria “Nena;” nieces Wendi, Ivonne and Laurie; and great nieces and nephews who adored him.

A celebration of Carlos’ life will be held on Sunday, Feb. 20. Email cheli.hidalgo2@gmail.com for details.

In lieu of flowers, you can donate in Carlos’ name to a Hidalgo tradition, Old Spanish Days Fiesta www.Sbfiesta.org/support, or the Westside Neighborhood Clinic https://sbclinics.org/donate/.

May the angels surround you with love!