OBITUARY

Elmer Palacios Cruz

June 20, 1992August 20, 2019
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Elmer Palacios Cruz had just landed the job of his dreams, working for the Stockton Unified School District Police Department January 2018 when he was diagnosed with cancer a few months later and lost the battle Aug. 20, 2019, age 27.

″Elmer was recruited (to the police department) because of his positive demeanor, integrity and character, strong desire for public service and suitability for serving as a role model for students,” said SUSDPD Chief Anne Johnston.

“His life goal was to be a police officer — it’s all he ever talked about and couldn’t wait to return to work after his diagnosis with cancer last year,” Johnston said.

“He was hugely supported by our district, Police Department, community, and law enforcement agencies statewide.”

Elmer was born in Palo Alto, June 20, 1992, attended Oak Knoll Elementary and Hillview Middle Schools from 1997 to 2006. After graduating from Tracy High School, he earned a degree in administration of justice and graduated from the San Joaquin Delta College Police Academy in August 2014.

Elmer is survived by his mother Blanca Cruz, father Cesar Palacios, sister Xenia Carolina Valle, and fiancee Amy K Kuykendall.

“He was a loving son, brother, and friend who dedicated his life to serving others,” SUSDPD said in a post on social media. “He will be deeply missed. Please keep his family in your thoughts.”

The Elmer Palacios Cruz Scholarship Fund has been established to receive donations in his memory. Please direct these to C/O SUSDPD Chief Anne Johnston, 640 N San Joaquin St, Stockton, CA 95202 (209) 933-7085.

Elmer was laid to rest by fellow police officers in Hughson, CA, southeast of Modesto

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Sergeant Matthew Price
  • Sergeant Paul Tualla
  • Sergeant Robert Young
  • Officer David Rose
  • Corporal Curtis Jue
  • Deputy Jeremy Green

Services

  • Reception Thursday, August 29, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, August 29, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 30, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, August 30, 2019

Memories

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Xenia Valle

October 31, 2019

"I see you tomorrow !! You promise, yes my pollo I promise " our special words!

Brandon Becerra

August 31, 2019

For me, the goal was to graduate from the academy and get a job in law enforcement. I ended up getting something extra. I met Elmer Cruz, Jeremy Green and Esteban Aispero. We all never met, but our personalities clicked. We were close during the academy, and we all remained close friends afterwards.

I commuted from San Mateo to Stockton just to attend our academy. I would always get there between 3:00-3:30pm when classes started at 5 (or 5:30?) . I left early because traffic in the Bay Area is terrible and you never know what could happen. Elmer didn't have to do this, but he always came early and met up with me. He did this EVERY DAY. Elmer said that we were, "The Early Birds." We studied, worked on defensive tactics, and talked. We talked a lot about the academy, cars and our personal lives.

Elmer was always looking out for his friends. I remember I was having a hard time trying to find hand gun ammo in the Bay Area. He told me where to go in Tracy to buy some and he even managed to pick up ear/eye protection for me at Walmart. I didn't even ask him to do that, he just did it. I was struggling with handgun shooting and Elmer invited me to his place and we spent the day at the range.

Elmer was a solid friend, a friend that I will miss. It's devastating that we lost him so young, but I know he will continue to look out for us, like he always has.

Christina (Dispatch) Montiel

August 30, 2019

July 2018 i checked in with Elmer to see how he was doing and if he needed anything. He was so humble and said no. Then I asked him what his favorite food was to which he replied: lasagna. I told him it was my specialty! At least a family favorite then asked if I could make one for him. He agreed.

When I delivered it he was having a good day, and was very appreciative. I am so blessed to have known him even for such a short time. A polite, respectful, and kind young soul. The world needs more Elmer’s.

Jeremy Green

August 29, 2019

So Elmer, Brandon, Esteban and I met at the academy and remained friends ever since. It’s hard to say just one great memory so I’ll just say this. Elmer was one of the first guys I met at the academy and I gotta say he left a strong impression. He was very kind to everyone and showed a strong will to become a police officer even when he felt like he was struggling. See, Elmer worried a lot haha. He would tell us, “Guys I really bombed this test” then we would look at the scores and he would be in the top 5. This continued through the academy and we just started laughing and poked fun a little. And yes this continued to Esteban’s wedding about five years later. Elmer was sick with this horrible illness that took him from us. He was worried about messing up his job of using the money shooter during the money dance. Of coarse we weren’t going to let the Illness stop us from giving him a hard time. When it came time for the money dance, of coarse he did a great job. He had a big smile on his face. Probably one of the last times I saw him so happy. Elmer’s agency was lucky to have him. I can tell his agency loved him as I have had the chance to meet some of you and can see you truly care. And he told me the Emu story. I still laugh every time I think about it. Someone please pull up the taser video.

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