OBITUARY

Benjamin Duenas Cruz

February 18, 1971March 2, 2019
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Benjamin Jerome Dueñas Cruz, 48, of Beaverton, Oregon, passed away March 2nd, 2019.

He was born in Tamuning, Guam on February 18, 1971. Ben graduated from JFK High School. He was married to Edna C. Cruz on August 29th, 2002.

Ben worked in transportation for Portland Community College. He had a passion for football, rock & roll, and family.

He is survived by children Jodiann Cruz, Jayden Cruz, and Maddyson Cruz; beloved pet Louie Cruz; mother-in-law Antonia Calogne; and many brothers and sisters: Edward P. Cruz, Anthony R. Cruz, Bernadette & Michael Leon Guerrero, Rose Ann & Paul Cruz, Robert M. Cruz, Lourdes & Tomas Cruz, Carmen & Mark Mendiola, Ricardo & Christine Cruz, and Gregory & Rose Ann Cruz.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30am, March 15, 2019, at St. Pius X Catholic Church.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, March 12, 2019
  • Memorial Mass Friday, March 15, 2019
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Benjamin Duenas Cruz

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Rudy Duenas

March 11, 2019

It was in 1986 when my family flew to Guam to visit the family. We had a family get together at Ypao beach and Ben and I were assigned the task of going to the ice plant to get a block of ice for the refreshments. Ben drove his brother Ed’s truck. Ben was proudly showing off his driving prowess stating that he would make an awesome ambulance driver. To this day Van Halen’s song “Jump” has been forever engrained in my memory of that day. The song played loudly over the trucks audio system. It rocked! We picked up the block of ice and placed it on the bed of the pick up where it slid around rather easily as it started to slowly melt on our drive back to the beach. Ben was at his best speeding up Marine Drive. Several time he had to stop and the ice would slide violently in the bed if the truck. It would hit the front if the bed and then he’d accelerate again when the light changed and the block will slide and violently hit the tailgate. It was at the stop light at San Antonio road and Marine Drive when all hell broke lose. The block of ice was at the front of the bed again and this time when the light change Ben stomped on the gas forcing the ice block to slide into the tail gate this time breaking the tailgate on one side and the ice block landing on the street blocking the line of cars waiting to turn. We took of leaving the ice where it landed. Tailgate dragging on the pavement scratch it all to hell not to mention the damage the ice block caused to the bed and tailgate. Ben pulled over. I jumped out and picked up the tailgate and tossed it on the truck bed. We drove back to the house and dropped of the truck. I never heard the outcome after Ed found out. It’s probably better that I didn’t . We got back to Ypao with no ice for the refreshments and a crazy story to tell!

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