September 14, 1954 – August 27, 2016
After a long battle with brain cancer, Cruz went home to be the LORD on August 27, 2016. Cruz was born in Houston, Texas and resided in Pearland the majority of his life. He is the son of Raymond and Mary Martinez. Cruz is survived by his mother Mary and eight brothers and sisters and their spouses, Raymond and wife Lucy, Ruben, Johnny and wife Karen, Louie and wife Cyndi and Phillip and Mary, sisters Minnie and Andy Martinez, Ventura and Rick Lautzenheiser, and Martha and Bob Zaremba. He also left numerous nephews and nieces who will greatly miss him. Cruz was preceded in death by his father Mr. Raymond Martinez Sr. and his brother Eddie Martinez, and his sister Frances Martinez Kloepper. His special love was Delphina Martinez whom he met at Crosspoint Church over five years ago. Cruz and Delphina became best of friends and connected a special bond between them. They were a true inspiration and blessing to each other.
Cruz was employed by Blue Bayou Brass where he enjoyed working for 29 years. He was a member of Crosspoint Church and enjoyed singing in the church choir as well as his weekly Bible study group. His favorite pastime was watching and attending football games. His favorite teams were the Pearland Oilers, the LSU Tigers, and the Dallas Cowboys. With Cruz it was pretty much what you see is what you get. He was known for his witty character, funny personality, and his don’t worry about attitude. He had a way to make people laugh and kept everyone entertained with his storytelling techniques. His direct and honest approach would always catch your attention. He was an unforgettable character to all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.
I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. II Timothy 4: 7
The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Tuesday, August 30th, at Niday Funeral Home. The service celebrating Cruz’s life will be held at 10:00am Wednesday, August 31st, at Crosspoint Church, 1134 Old Alvin Road, Pearland 77581. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery in Pearland.