On Wednesday, April 29, 2020, Rudolph Langley Salindong Tamayo, loving husband and father of six children passed away in his home in Monument, Colorado, being comforted by his family. He was 95 years old.
Rudy, as he is known to his friends and family, was born on December 4, 1924, in Urdaneta, Pangasinan, Philippines, to Andres Layno, Sr., and Corazon Mendoza Villanueva Salingdong Tamayo. He enjoyed a happy childhood and graduated at 16 as Valedictorian of his high school. On December 8, 1941, four days after his 17th birthday, his hometown was bombed, which was the beginning of WWII in the Philippines.
During the war Rudy was a resistance fighter until June 1945, when he signed up to work on a U.S. Navy warship. After 2 ½ months on board, he was sworn into the United States Navy on August 5, 1945. He experienced “survival and self-preservation” as he stated in his memoirs during World War II in the Philippines. While stationed in Hawaii, Rudy met Crispina (Cris) Moranion. Cris and Rudy enjoyed the simple aspects of life and getting to know each other by having picnics at Ewa Beach in Hawaii or strolling and picnicking in Waikiki parks or driving to Diamond Head to enjoy the scenery of the Pacific Ocean. They married on December 25, 1948. They raised two sons, Rudolph, Jr., and Andrew, and four daughters, Estrella, Carmella, Laura, and Joni.
During the early years of their marriage, Rudy was on submarine patrols during the Korean War. They lived in San Diego before returning to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. His next duty station was the Pentagon near Washington, D.C. When he was stationed at the Pentagon from 1958-1962, he was the first Filipino to “have ever worked in the immediate offices of the White House and the Executive Navy Department offices”. For the remainder of his time in the Navy from 1962 to 1975, Rudy was stationed at Pearl Harbor at COMSUBPACFLT and later CINCPACFLT headquarters.
During his time in Hawaii, Rudy could be found on some afternoons baking for his family. His children would come home to the delightful aromas of homemade pastries just coming out of the oven. He was a wonderful cook as well.
Rudy and Cris always opened their home to nephews, nieces, and friends of their children during school breaks. Everyone was family to them and all were welcomed with open arms as long as their children and visitors knew that housework came first and the beaches and sightseeing second.
After his retirement from the U.S. Navy in 1975, Rudy went back to school and earned a graduate degree in Personnel Management at the University of Hawaii. He was a member of the State of Hawaii Governor’s Commission on Immigration and Naturalization in Honolulu. He also became an avid tennis player. Friends would see him on the courts at Pearl Harbor beating younger opponents.
In 1992, Rudy and Cris decided that it was time to leave Hawaii and live in Monument, Colorado. Rudy maintained his love of the Navy by becoming an active member of the U.S. Navy League. He served as President of the Colorado Springs Council, President of the Colorado State Council, President and National Director of the Rocky Mountain Region Navy League which included New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado. He was also a charter member of the Submarine Veterans of Wars and the American Legion. At his church, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Rudy and Cris loved traveling throughout the country to visit their children and grandchildren. They took a cruise to Alaska, overseas trips to New Zealand and the Philippines, and, attended family reunions in Hawaii, California, and Colorado.
Various churches and schools in Colorado and the Philippines requested that he be a guest speaker at their assemblies and/or conferences. Some of his subjects dealt with “Marriage and Family” and “Growing Old”. At the Navy League or Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, he spoke of the current military or Naval challenges of future military leaders.
Rudy lived a life that was also devoted to his family. He was a very doting, affectionate and wonderful husband, father, grandfather and uncle. He was a strict disciplinarian, yet self-sacrificing, encouraging, and understanding. He was a dignified man that was thoughtful, generous and respected by all of his family and friends throughout the United States and in the Philippines.
Rudolph was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Crispina (2005), and his son Andrew (1996), his father Andres, his mother, Corazon, and his brothers, Barlow and Andrew, sisters, Remedios, Ampie, Beatriz, and Patria.
Rudolph is survived by his children: Rudolph, Jr. (Mary), Estrella Tamayo-Brown (Rick), Carmella Tamayo Durbin (William), Laura Tamayo (Geoff Chase), Joni Tamayo-Wilson (Scott); and 14 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews in the United States and the Philippines. He is also survived by his sister, Violeta, and brother, Ruben (Gloria Calivo).
Private services were held, and he was surrounded by immediate family. There will be a Celebration of Life later this year. Please honor Rudolph L.S. Tamayo with a donation to either the American Heart Association and/or American Cancer Society.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith.
Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of
Righteousness, which the Lord,
The righteous judge,
Will award to me on that day,
And not only to me but also to all
Who have loved his appearing.
2 Timothy 4:7-8