Thomas A. Cruce, 61, of Elko, Nevada, passed away on the morning of April 26, 2020 in Elko.
Tom was born May 8, 1958 to Dorothy and Robert Cruce in San Manuel, AZ. Tom was raised in Oracle and frequently roamed the hills and neighborhoods of the area. Tom attended grade school in Oracle and graduated from San Manuel High School.
Tom had many odd jobs, included working in the grocery store and building roof trusses. He entered the mining industry and started in the uranium mines around Gallup, New Mexico. Returning to Arizona he went to work for Magma as underground miner. He got the traveling bug and went to work in Montana before finally settling on a career at the silver and gold mine in Elko where he worked for 21 years.
Tom loved his motorcycles and fast cars, finally being satisfied with a Mustang GT. He always said he was good to go in the Mustang. Being a die-hard Arizona Cardinals fan since a young boy he was forever optimistic that each year would be “the year” for his team.
Tom will be remembered for his willingness to always help his family out, standing by them whatever the circumstances.
Tom is survived by his daughter, Leah Cruce; grandsons, Ryan (Alice) Chavez, Ian Chavez and Brayden Cruce; and great-grandson, Samandriel Chavez. He is also survived by his father, Robert Cruce; siblings, David (Joyce) Cruce, Kathy (Larry) Bache, Mike (Jacque) Cruce, Tim Cruce, and Crystal Cruce; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy (O’Barr) Cruce.
Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us everyday unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear. Tom will be missed and loved but forever near.
No services are planned at this time, but a graveside memorial at the Oracle Cemetery will be conducted in the near future.