Jose Santana

Violinist, singer, father of guitarist Carlos Santana

Jose Santana, a violinist and singer who was the father of guitarist Carlos Santana, died Saturday in Danville, Calif. He was 84.

Santana, known for playing mariachi and other Mexican music at the Cantina restaurant in Mill Valley, died at his home after a long period of failing health. He had suffered a stroke in 1983 and retired from playing two years ago.

His son, however, remembered his father in his prime.

“Everywhere he went, he was the center of attention,” Carlos Santana said. “He made a lot of friends. My father was the darling. Everyone adored him.”

The elder Santana played for one of his son’s albums, “Havana Moon,” in 1983, specifically the song “Vereda Tropical.”

In addition to son Carlos, Santana is survived by his wife, Josefina, four daughters, two other sons and several grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for Friday in Walnut Creek.

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