Cruz died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, in Boyd.
Born Feb. 8, 1936, in Boyd to Grover and Lola Faye (Splawn) Cruz, he was a retired brakeman for Burlington-Northern Railroad. In 1969, he married Bobbie Sue Drake in Corpus Christi.
Cruz was preceded in death by son Bobby Brent Cruz; granddaughter Jony Rose Filip; and brother Arlen Don Cruz.
He is survived by his wife; daughter Delian Cruz-Filip of Austin and Julie Faye Cruz of Dallas; sisters-in-law Mary Ellen McCanless of Arlington and Jane Olson of Corpus Christi; granddaughter Ashley Filip of Austin; and grandson Jullian Cruz of Dallas.
Honorary pallbearers were to be Mark Romine, Jimmy “Bird Dog” Wilson, Junior Williams, Alvin Bassham, Jackie Read and Leon Coleman.