July 1966 – Feb 2022
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
– Abraham Lincoln
Tom Cruces, was a caring and loving husband, father and grandpa. He loved his family and friends. Tom was married for 22 yrs. in May 2001 Tom was diagnosed with brain cancer and became permanently disabled in 2003. Tom was given 3 months to live after his surgery in 5/2001. God had another plan for Tom and blessed him with many good years of remission. Tom later was diagnosed with colon cancer in 5/2021 and lost his battle to cancer in February 2022 . Tom had 1 stepdaughter and adopted 5 children. Tom foster children from 2001-2012. Tom coached his children baseball and basketball teams and loved opening day when the kids were all in uniform. He had a smile from ear to ear opening day. He had a good ear for music. He enjoyed all types of music. He also has a big collection of comic books. He loved sports, his favorite teams were the Clippers, Angels, Green Bay Packers and the Kings. Tom was blessed by his Boss who bought him tickets for the Angels 2002 World Series game, considering he was doing chemo there was no way he was going to miss the game. He was one happy camper. Tom loved school and work . He graduated a year early from Don Bosco Tech High school and attended Long Beach State. Tom had never missed a day of school from kinder through college and never missed a day of work. Due to the cancer Tom wasn’t able to finish school at Long Beach State. Tom was engineer for Eaton for 17 years until he became permanently disabled. He lived everyday like it was last. Our family is definitely going to miss him.
Family and Friends
DaughtersDolores Chavez Lauren Cruces
Son’sIsaiah Cruces Isaac Cruces Anthony Cruces Dylan Cruces
GrandchildrenDaniel Cattani Jonas Chavez Olivia Grace Chavez
Mother in-lawTheresa Ramirez
Daughter in-lawRuth Chavez
In-lawsGreg & Lisa Ramirez Eddie & Velia Ramirez Ron & Caroline Montes Edith Armendariz
Nieces and NephewsKristina Ramirez Rebecca Ramirez Remi Moon Rojes Teresa Rojes Nick Rojes Julian Ramirez Dominique Ramirez Ronnie Montes Jayden Montes Elijah Montes Mason Quintero Kimberly Quintero Mikey Quintero Ryan Lopez Sarah Lopez Fabian Lopez Zoey Lopez Zara Lopez Zak Lopez Zain Lopez Jessica Lopez Jorge Armendariz Jorge Armendariz Jr.
FriendsInez Castro Louie Castro Manuel Moreno Rosie Reyes Vince Alatorre Emily Gabaldon Teresa Gabaldon
BrothersVince Cruces Roland Cruces
In-lawsEllen Cruces Lillian Cruces
Niece and NephewsFrankie Rodriquez Gabriel Rodriguez Mary Jane Rodriguez Louie Rodriguez Violet Rodriguez Grace Rodriguez Ray Cruces Roland Cruces Raymond Cruces Rebecca Cruces Desire Perez