In Loving Memory

Dr. Marino Santulan Tulao

October 30, 1948 - January 31, 2024


Dr. Marino Santulan Tulao, a native of Cavite, Philippines, and resident of Fairhope, Alabama, passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2024.

Marino graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines with a medical degree in 1972. He completed a General Psychiatry Residency at University of Tennessee-Memphis. After residency, he completed a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Tennessee-Memphis. During Marino’s training in Memphis, he volunteered psychiatric services to the pediatric patients of St. Jude Children’s Hospital. He was a member of the American Psychiatric Association. Prior to his retirement, Marino worked throughout the Southeast, and ultimately finished his extensive career at the Baldwin County Mental Health Center (AltaPointe).

Dr. Tulao was an avid runner, participating and competing in numerous half and full marathons. He was an excellent cook, and loved to share his passion for food with those around him. Marino was a parishioner of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, where he volunteered his time cleaning the church, as well as volunteering with Vacation Bible School. He loved his morning walks along Mobile Bay and enjoyed spending his free time always surrounded by family and friends. Above all, his generosity and quiet kindness were felt by everyone around him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Juanito and Concepcion Tulao, and brother, Felicito Tulao.

Marino will be loved and held in the heart of his wife of fifty years, Emma Farrales Tulao; daughter, Vanessa Pacheco (Antonio) of Mobile, Alabama; granddaughter, Kate Elyss Tulao Pacheco; siblings, Norberto Tulao, Rodelia Quiling, Segundina Cayetano, Wilfredo Tulao, and Virgilio Tulao.

The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to all of the caregivers of Dr. Tulao: Jodi Bautista, Leila Mayfield, Charlene Clarida, Jhounita Burden, and Geta Sayler.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church on 370 S. Section St., Fairhope, Alabama at 10:00 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 AM. Interment is at St. Lawrence Catholic Church Columbarium at 12:00 noon.

Expressions of condolences for the family may be made at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Victor and Merly

    Recollecting the good times we shared with Marino and Emma in Memphis where we all started our American dream, and our early married life. Mar is a fun loving person and a good friend. He made us laugh, cooked delicious Filipino dishes: palabok, okoy and chicken backs sinigang.. He favored us to be the godfather of our oldest son.
    Your memories will be treasured. Your long suffering….perseverance
    is redemptive and valued! It is for God’s great glory! Rest in peace.

    Comfort, strength and peace to Emma and Vanessa and family.
    Our sincere condolences,
    🙏✝️💐 The Gorospes

  2. Mariles Flores Quiseng

    Emma and Vanessa,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May Marino Rest In Peace.

  3. The de los Reyes family

    To my kumare Emma, to dear Vanessa, Tony, Kate Elyss and family,

    Our prayers for peace, comfort and strength for all of you. Marino is now celebrating in heaven with all the angels and with all his Pare from Tuscaloosa. Praying for you all during this difficult time. God loves you all. May he Rest In Peace. ♥️🙏🙏🙏♥️

  4. Roy

    Kuya Marin is the perfect definition of “Kuya,” a loving, caring and generous person. Always ready to help others just like how he helped us in making our lives better ever since we met him and ate Emma.

    Rest in Peace kuya Marin.
    We love you and we will miss you, and we will never forget what you and ate Emma have done to our family.

    ❤️🙏🏻 Roy, Emma, Emj,
    Emary, & Emily


    Oh, “Marin” as we lovingly address him….you and Emma have been an integral part of our Americas dream, that started at UST, your wedding in Florida, Bolivar, Tennessee, travel and many more. Fondest of all was your sense of humor, even in challenging times and during Oliver’s baptism when you and Jim got a pig, loaded it in your brand new car….without much hesitation because you were the ninong, hosted the celebration and because of your kindness and can do attitude.

    We will miss you but the Lord has the best place for you. We will be praying for you and please pray for all of us too. Rest in peace now…we love you, Emma and Vanessa, Kate and Tony.. Jim and Dory Soria

  6. Geta Sayler

    I am one of the caregiver (Geta Sayler)for Mr. Marino, enjoyed taking care of him .As a patient he was nice and kind and say thank you to me when I was feeding him especially .I felt appreciated by him and his wonderful wife Emma .I was looking foward to come to take care of him and find it easy because he was quite a nice patient .One day I had him outside on a porch in his wheelchair and while he was there he was listening Amazing Grace and all of a sudden started to sing too the beautiful song Amazing Grace .I am glad God gave me the opportunity to meet Mr.Marino and take care of him ,enjoyed taking care of him ,I will miss his smiles and beautiful voice singing !Condolences for his family ,praying for his wife Emma to remained strong I know she loved him dearly offered him the best care ,his daughter Vanessa ,Toni and Kate .God bless all his family and give you the strength you need ,I know he will be missed by his family ,friends ,neighbors ….and all he touched with his kind heart !Prayers and hugs for the family !Rest in peace my friend Mr.Marino T.

  7. Mandy and Aimee Quizon, Gadsden, AL

    During the special times Marin and Emma and we, Mandy and Aimee, got together, it had always been filled with laughter first and then food next. We soon found out that Marin and Mandy both graduated from UST College of Medicine, that they’re originally from Cavite and Oriental Mindoro, respectively; that Emma and Aimee are both Ilocanas and soon, they became gym-buddies. Marin and Ems (how we call them) were the first Filipinos we met when we moved to Gadsden. Everyone will have the same stories of the “welcome” we experienced from them: warmth, generosity, kindness. They opened their home unconditionally. We met long-term friends just hanging out at their parties. We have kept in touch through the years, in sickness and in health.

    We are truly sad knowing he is gone forever but he remains in our hearts. We pray that Emma, Vanessa, Kate and Tony continue to have the strength one needs during and after this sad moment. Marin’s legacy is the fact that everyone has a beautiful story to tell about him. Rest now, Marin. The suffering is over. Know that you are truly loved, respected, and it is our huge pleasure to have shared laughter with you.

  8. Leila Reyes Malicoat

    Emma I never met him since we never crossed path after graduation from nursing school. Have heard about him and I am truly sorry for your loss. If you ever need to talk, I’m here to listen.

  9. Teresita Vasquez

    We knew Marino way back when we were in Memphis. He was very nice and a good conversationalist. We remembered during one of our Class’ ‘71 reunions we talked and reminisced the good old days.
    Rest in peace Marino. Condolences to Emma and the whole family. You will be in our prayers.

  10. Tess Corcuera

    Marino- a great guy with a sense of humor and ready smile.
    So glad to have known you even for a short time.
    We had wonderful times-College reunions with Emma, cruising in Alaska, etc

    How do we say goodbye to those fun memories? We are grateful you have touched our lives.

    May God grant Marin eternal rest 🙏🙏🙏

  11. Dhel Baltazar , Allexis and Family

    TIta Emma , Vanessa Tony and Kate Elyss ( Pacheco) and Tulao Family . Our prayers and deepest sympathy . May God provide comfort and strength to you at this time . Cherishing the wonderful life , the love and the remembrance of the joyful moments with Tito Marino . We send you our Love From Miles Away !!!

  12. Steve Bowden

    So sorry to learn this, I know he will be missed, and eternally grateful for his loving family who went above and beyond at every opportunity to make his life better

  13. Philip & Vickee Buenvenida

    Our sincerest condolences to the family for your loss. Though distance kept us from seeing each other often, the few fun moments shared together, their kindness and true friendship (which all started from a river cruise), will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Marino!

  14. Frances Tulao

    Hugs, prayers, and condolences to Tita Emmma, Vanessa, Tony and Kate-Elyss. I know his body, heart and soul is at peace and he’s running in heaven with my dad🙌. I love you all!

  15. Kimberly Lang

    Dr Taloua was My SAVING GRACE that The Lord sent to Me during one of the absolute lowest places in My Life. He was so kind and gentle and never made me feel like I was crazy as many others had labeled me!! He took his time with me and tried numerous medications until we found one that I was in for two years and it healed my trauma I had taken on. I will never forget him!! God Bless His family that they may know that there are most probably hundreds of people who feel the same way!!


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