Cornelio Santa Cruz

June 20, 1935August 31, 2018
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Cornelio “Corny” Santa Cruz, Jr. passed away on August 31, 2018 in his home surrounded by his family.

A native Phoenician he was born on June 20, 1935 to the late Cornelio and Theresa Santa Cruz.

Corny served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Air Borne Division of the United States Army during the Korean War.

He was an engineer with the Phoenix Fire Department for over 21 years retiring in 1979. During retirement Corny ran a successful landscaping business as well as spending every moment possible with his grandchildren.

Corny is survived by his wife Patricia Razo-Santa Cruz, four sons Cornelio “Corney” III, Gilbert, Jason & Gregory, stepdaughter Rebecca Razo, four siblings Enedina Garcia, Jimmy, Carlos & Oscar and loving grandfather to five wonderful grandchildren Elisa, Joshua, Jacob, Gabriella & Roman.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Anthony.

Family and friends are invited to a viewing on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 9-10AM at West Resthaven Funeral Home, 6450 W. Northern Avenue, Glendale. Funeral services will begin at 10AM. Burial with military honors will follow in Resthaven Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 4550 E Bell Rd #126, Phoenix, AZ 85032.


  • Pat Razo-Santa Cruz, Wife
  • Cornelio Santa Cruz III, Son
  • Gilbert Santa Cruz, Son
  • Jason Santa Cruz, Son
  • Gregory Santa Cruz, Son
  • Rebecca Razo, Step Daughter
  • Enedia Garcia, Sister
  • Jimmy Santa Cruz, Brother
  • Carlos Santa Cruz, Brother
  • Oscar Santa Cruz, Brother
  • Cornelio also leaves behind five grandchildren, Elisa, Joshua, Jacob, Gabriella and Ramon.


  • Viewing Saturday, September 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 8, 2018

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Rhonda Baldwin

September 9, 2018

Corny was always so vibrant, full of life, gallant, outgoing, and let us not forget – a man of strong opinions who was unafraid to share them. Back in our mis-spent youth, my husband and I used to host some big parties – food, drink, merriment, karaoke - for work friends like Pat. Corny would join Pat and fit right into the fun, particularly if Burke W. and Gilbert N. were there! At one party, Corny was reminiscing about his beloved fire department . He said everyone loves a firefighter! It’s not like police where everyone hates getting pulled over for something. He talked about the changes since his retirement – now even women were firefighters. He was a little unsure of the soundness of that decision. That comment led to a rather spirited discussion about the role of women, their abilities, etc. But, there was no acrimony or lack of respect. Corny simply enjoyed the discussion about a changing world and his place in it, and maybe he enjoyed being a little contrary! Because of his love of being a firefighter, he did not want the bonds and camaraderie of that work to change. For him, it was not a job, but a calling. When all is said and done, I’m not sure how Corny really felt about this group of women that Pat embraced. We were probably a little too bossy, and pushy and opinionated, but I think we made him laugh. Besides, Pat loved us. And, if Pat loved us, then he loved us. As with any dedicated firefighter, he appreciated the importance and beauty of camaraderie and a bond that may begin because of work, but grows because you become family. I end with this quote from Susan Diane Murphree, “Firemen never die, they just burn forever in the hearts of the people whose lives they saved and in the hearts of those who loved them”. We will miss you, Corny!

Priscilla Gutierrez

September 9, 2018

It was so touching and thoughtful of Corny to leave Pat, his wife, a cartoon depicting what he liked and valued about her.
It reads:
Corny-Patricia, you know what I like about You?
You're not phony.
You're bright..
You're funny...
You're a knockout...
You make me laugh...
You make me think...
You make me feel special...
You're honest...
You're caring...
You're forgiving...
You're silly...
What do you like about me?

BJ Tatro

September 9, 2018

I am sorry I can’t be in Arizona with you to celebrate the life of your wonderful husband. I know how much you loved him and that your love was more than matched by his love for you. Corny lived his life in accordance with his principles — we should all take a lesson from him. To live a life characterized by devotion to family and country is remarkable in today’s world. I wish you peace and joy in his remembrance.

Gilbert and Donna Noriega

September 9, 2018

We will always remember the good times! Like spending New Years Eve at Corny and Pats cabin in Pine. After getting home in the wee hours of the morning who was up at the crack of dawn watching the news? Corny of course. By the time we managed to get out of bed Corny had a list of events that were going on in the world to fill us in on. During one visit Corny played the keyboard for us. He was so talented in so many ways! Gilbert had an awe of Corny from the first time they met as Corny had done so much in his life and how he was so busy in retirement. AND he was in awe that Corny had classic cars which Gilbert never had. Gilbert would frequently say “I told Corny if he ever wanted to sell that 56 to call me”. I told him there was probably a long line in front of him. They liked to talk about cars and what was selling on Barrett Jackson and how they both grew up in Phoenix in about the same area. I think there was also a bit of awe on Cornys part of Gilbert too. Corny would always be asking how Gilbert could win so many jackpots at the casino or on a scratcher ticket. On occasion when we would see Pat and Corny at the Vee Quiva Casino - Corny would sit next to Gilbert at a machine where they would compare notes on how to beat the machine and get a jackpot. I don’t think Corny ever figured out how Gilbert did it! We will miss you Corny - all the great times, your passion for life and your love for Pat. Rest In Peace.

Connie and Shery Mullen

September 5, 2018

What a great loss to the world, he was a very kind and caring man with a family and friends who loved him. Rest in peace .

Annette Sesma

September 4, 2018

My deepest sympathy and prayers to the family. Corny worked with my Father, Salvador Garcia, at Phoenix Fire Department. He was my Dad's dear friend and my father always spoke so highly of him. May God comfort the family during this sorrowful time.

Kasey Jones

September 3, 2018

Thinking of you all and remembering Corny today & always. His handsome smile and kind spirit will never be forgotten. He always thought I was the lucky one and he was right....So lucky and blessed to know him. Rest In Peace my friend. Love Kasey, Jeff, & Gracie


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