Jesus C. Cruz

January 2, 1935March 30, 2014

Jesus Cruz, 79 passed away peacefully on March 30, 2014, with his family by his side in Deer Park, Texas. He was born January 2, 1935 in Marion, Texas to Anastacio and Maria del Refugio Cruz. His father was an immigrant worker traveling the states picking cotton, sugar cane and other crops, his mother was a housewife.

Jesse was an amazing man that loved his wife for over 59 years. He loved his family, enjoyed playing a great round of golf and was an awesome fast-pitch pitcher.

Jesse joined the Air Force in 1952 and retired in 1972 servicing his country for 20 years. He serviced in Korea, Europe and Vietnam. He managed the mess halls and played baseball all over the world. He coached the European Little League World Champions in France and was known as the Babe Ruth of the Orient while stationed in Vietnam during the 1960.

After retiring Jesse and his family settled in Pasadena, Texas were he worked for Stewart & Stevenson and later retiring from Houston ISD. Both he and Lucy retired in their 50’s and traveled the United States leaving months at a time in their RV Home.

He is preceded in death by his parents Anastacio and Maria del Refugio Cruz; brothers Manuel Cruz and Conception (Concho) Cruz; sister Maria Cruz; half brother Felipe Cruz and grandson Patrick Wilcox.

He is survived by his wife Lucia Castaneda Cruz of 57 years of Deer Park, Texas, Sons Jaime Gallego and Raul (Patricia) Cruz of Pearland, Texas; Daughters Anna (Ricky) Bryant of Pasadena, Texas and Rosalinda Cruz of Deer Park, Texas Sisters Natividad (Dave) Lesure of Loveland, Colorado and Gloria (Sabas) Vallejo of Brownsville, Texas. Granddaughters: Jessica and Jennifer Bryant Grandsons: Ryan and Bryce Arnold Great Granddaughter: Alana Preusse and numerous of nieces and nephews

We wish to thank Vitas Hospice Care Team Nurses: Lauren & Ramona, Aide Adriana, Chaplin Rojas and the numerous nurses that were available to us 24 hours a day. We also give thanks to caregiver Sylvia Robles and with endless love and support from Elodia Vega and Irene Vega.

Family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 from 5pm to 8pm with a rosary being recited at 6 pm. Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 10 am at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Grand View Memorial Park with Ryan Arnold, Bryce Arnold, Carlos Cruz, Charlie Cruz, Ricky Cruz and Rudy Castañeda, Jr., assisting as pallbearers and Felix Rodriguez and Gilbert Celaya as Honorary Pallbearers. Words of comfort may be offered at


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 1, 2014
  • Rosary Tuesday, April 1, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Jesus C. Cruz

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Laura David, RN

April 3, 2014

I am sorry for your loss. God bless you all.

Lisa Burch

April 1, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We love you all.. Love Lisa, Brian, Ethan and Emma...

Rod &Martha Widrig

April 1, 2014

We Martha and Rod, enjoyed many camp outs and Good Sam Samboreres, together and many potluck meals, Jesse will be missed.

April 1, 2014


April 1, 2014

Lucy and Family, we shared so many wonderful times traveling together in our RV's. Our trips together with the Amistad Sams travel group will be remembered always. Love to all of you, Gerald and Minta (D'Hanis, TX)


April 1, 2014

Dear Cruz family, I'm so very sorry for your loss. I wish you a lot of strength.My thoughts are with you. Lots of love

Fay Watson

April 1, 2014

Dearest Anna and Family,
May you all find comfort in the support and love of your numerous friends. We are sending all of our love and prayers at this time.

Anna & Ricky & Jessica & Jennifer Bryant

April 1, 2014

Daddy, you taught us many things. But the most wonderful gift you gave us was love of country, which you have passed to Jessica and Jennifer your granddaughters. Thank you Daddy for caring for my children when they were young. I know that they enjoyed every minute with you in the Papa Cheer truck listening to Freddy Fender, eating Jack in the Box, having snowcones and picking them up from school and taking them to Cheerleading practice. We will truly miss you and we will love you forever. Your daughter, Anna

Susan Groenwoldt

April 1, 2014

To the family Aunt Lucy, Jaime, Raul, Rosie, and Anna I am so sorry about Uncle Jesus he will
be greatly missed by all. He will not be suffering any longer. Uncle Jesus please give my daddy and brother a big hug Love Susan

Sherry Schneider

April 1, 2014

I am deeply sorry for you loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.