Resthaven Memory Gardens Funeral & Cremation

8426 S. Hwy 287, Ft. Collins, CO


Cruz Godinez

May 3, 1932June 25, 2020
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Cruz Godinez was born May 3, 1932 to Jesus and Augustina Godinez in Fort Collins, CO. He graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1951. In 1954, he married his first and only love Francesca Vigil; July 2nd would have marked their 66th wedding anniversary. He was a hard worker and enjoyed working at Cedar Plastics, Forney Industries, Benachec Tool and Die, Teledyne Water Pik, Casa Godinez, Spradley-Barr and In-Situ. Cruz retired at the age of 81 as a senior tool and die maker. He was well respected and liked wherever he went.

On June 25, 2020 Cruz passed away quietly at home, where he was cared for by his son for over eight years. Cruz was 88 years old. He was a two-time cancer survivor and battled a lifelong congenital heart defect.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Jesus and Augustina Godinez; wife, Francesca Vigil-Godinez; and three brothers, Joe, Nick, and Jesse Godinez. He is survived by his brothers, Willie Godinez and Augie (Rosie) Godinez; his children, Monica (Brent) Pankievich and Tony (Jeanne) Godinez; his grandchildren, Kasha, Brent, Jacob, Alison, Antoinette (Jason); his great grandchildren, Wyatt (Summer), Morgan, Rion, Marisa, Taylor, Dominic and Max; and his great-great grandson, Bentlee.

Cruz enjoyed music and played piano, guitar, concertina, and bongos. In his younger days he enjoyed softball and boxing. Being a southpaw, Cruz was known to his friends as “lefty.” To his family, he was grandpa, gramps, compa, or Papi. He also loved his westerns, bowling, dancing, and his grandkids. He will be dearly missed.

A viewing will be held at Resthaven on July 1st from 5-7 pm and July 2nd from 10am-12pm, with services following at Resthaven on July 2nd at noon to honor Cruz Godinez. There will be a private family interment at a later date.

Resthaven Funeral Home is located at 8426 S. Hwy 287, Fort Collins, CO 80525.


  • Brent Lakota, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jacob Godinez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dominic Godinez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Max Godinez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Wyatt Simianer, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jason Johnson, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

  • Reception

    Thursday, July 2, 2020


Cruz Godinez

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Veronica Elkins

July 2, 2020

My deepest sympathy to all of you. Your dad will always be remembered for his smile, his great stories and his laughter.

Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Debra and Thomas Godinez-Intlekofer

June 29, 2020

Monica, Tony and Family
We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of Uncle Cruz. Our hearts go out to you during the trying time. I hope in time your hearts will heal. We send our deepest sympathies to the both of you and your family.

Augie Godinez

June 28, 2020

I will miss all of our phone calls and the great jokes you shared with me.
Love you my brother! -Augie

Our family has so many wonderful memories with you, Fran and family, that will always be in our hearts, and cherished forever.
To the family, may all your beautiful memories bring you peace and love.
Rest in peace,
Augie, Rose and family

Teresa Doty

June 28, 2020

Monica and family, Tony and Family
What a wonderful life your dad lived, so sorry for your loss, may all of your beautiful memories bring your comfort as you reflect on a life well lived, prayers for the family.

Willie Godinez

June 27, 2020

Cruz, I'm going to miss you and all our conversations we had together. The fond memories are what I have left. My brother Cruz meant the world to me. My heart goes out to the family in this difficult time. You have my deepest sympathy.


Phil Campbell

June 27, 2020

Uncle Cruz,it was awesome talking to you a week ago on Monica’s cell phone.A call that I will always remember.Our family loved and had the utmost respect for you.love Dorothy Godinez and Family,Dorothy,Christi,Mona,Connie,gloria(Gigi),and jessi.and all of our family.REST IN PEACE uncle Cruz,we loved you.

Cynthia Midkiff

June 26, 2020

All my love to the family. You will be missed Uncle Cruz. RIP with no more pain.