left this life to be reunited with the lord and our other loved ones on Aug. 18, 2014. He was born on June 2, 1927 in Union de San Antonio, Jalisco, Mexico to Wenceslao and Juana Cruz.
He married Frances “Kika” in 1949 in La Mesa, NM. Juan was a hard-worker and worked construction in various places including White Sands, Missile base (four corners area) before moving to Hayden, Ariz. in 1957; where he started a career with the Town of Hayden. On June 1968, Juan proudly became an American citizen. He loved the outdoors! Hunting, fishing, camping and just being out in nature. It’s a trait he instilled upon all of his children. The adventure, the fun of going out and exploring different places will always be remember by his children.
Juan is survived by his daughters: Terri Bracamonte of Riverside, Calif.; Beatrice Munoz of Hayden, Ariz.; sons: Ray Cruz of Hayden, Ariz.; David Alatorre of Las Cruzes, NM; Johnny Cruz (Lydia) of Phoenix, Ariz.; Richard Cruz, Francisco Cruz, Gilbert Cruz of Hayden, Ariz. Sisters: Conception, Lupe and Consuelo.
Juan is also survived by his 25 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his father and mother Wenceslao and Juana Cruz; wife Frances Cruz; brother Roberto Cruz; sisters Lydia and Josephina Cruz; daughter Lydia Cruz and Gracie Escalante and granddaughter Adriana Cruz.
Services were held Saturday, Aug. 23, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hayden. Interment followed at Mountain View Cemetery in Hayden.
Online Guestbook: www.GriffithMortuary.com.