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Joe H Cruz Jr
January 3, 1975 ~ January 5, 2024 (age 49) 49 Years Old
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Joe H. Cruz, (49), of San Marcos, Texas, passed away on January 5th, 2024, surrounded by his family.
Born to Jose Sr and Rosita Cruz, on January 3rd, 1975, in Carrizo Springs, Texas. He is survived by his spouse Janet Cruz, his parents Jose Sr and Rosita Cruz, four stepchildren, Daniel, Jeremy, Julie, and Jenna, his sister Brenda and husband Juan, brother Robert and wife Jessica, his sister and brothers-in-law Kim and Justin, Jackie, and Adam, 9 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews that were all very special to him.
Joe was a man that you only had to meet one time to never forget. He was a big guy with a big heart who made sure everyone saw his strength and capability before exposing that undeniable soft side. It didn’t matter if it was the first time you met, or if you had known him all his life. If you needed something, Joe was going to make sure you got it, no matter what he had to do to achieve that. Like his mother, he was a jokester who made the best of every situation, and like his father was an observer and a passionate man. To his little sister and brother, he was a tower of strength, guidance, wisdom, and above all, a protector. To his wife, he was devoted, dependable, and determined to provide a life fit for his Queen. To his stepchildren, he was a father, mentor, friend, and role model. And as a grandfather, “Papa Joe,” was the softest, mushiest, silliest, sweetest, and thoughtful man on the planet. According to his firstborn granddaughter Kayleigh, now almost 6, “He was always snuggling with me on the couch, and he was really nice.” And to his firstborn grandson Michael, now 18, “I’m grateful for everything he did for me, especially for teaching me how to be a man.” Joe was the life of the party. He was a man’s “man” and made sure everyone knew that he was “The Man”, and that he was. He could fix anything, and everything, even broken hearts while still pleasing everyone around him. He was a loyal, “Hardcore”, fearless, smack-talking, and loving friend who put everyone else first. Joe unfortunately had a rough last few years after his liver transplant, as it changed him a bit. That short amount of time in no way defines him. He remained the strong and bighearted man he has been his entire life to everyone he’s ever encountered. He is irreplaceable and will be missed by many. We love you Joe, and know you are out riding with the angels on that golden chopper you’ve always dreamed of.
Visitation will be held at Legends Funeral Home in San Marcos, TX from 10 AM-1 PM on Thursday, January 11th, followed by the memorial service at Memory Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Martindale, TX at 2 PM.