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Carlos Cruz
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“Dear Tee and Cindy, We are holding you in our hearts.Uncle Carlos was always a funny guy.Strength and comfort to you both as he is gone.Sorry to miss...Read More »
1 of 2 | Posted by: Ryan and Diana Anderson - Topanga, CA

“May God's embrace bring you everlasting peace. We will remember all the moments we have shared with you with love. You are now united with Grandma...Read More »
2 of 2 | Posted by: Irma Cruz-Pickett - Bronx, NY


Carlos Cruz, 76, born on June 30, 1940, in New York, New York, passed away August 6, 2016. He had an extremely productive and interesting life. He took many new paths courageously and enthusiastically. My father had an eclectic array of careers varying from the Marine Corp to law enforcement, specifically LAPD and CHP. His first career was actually as a tailor in New York. After retiring from the CHP and a short stint as a forest ranger, he became an entrepreneur. He went back to school, got a degree in fashion design and began his own successful business as a tailor/designer out of his home.
My father is survived by his lovely wife Jackie Cruz, his brother Richard and sister Gina. He has 4 surviving children, his oldest child Maria having passed in infancy; Theresa (TC) Fontenot, Cynthia (Cindy) Van Vleet, Philip & Sara Cruz. Carlos has three grandchildren; Arielle Briggs, Marcus and Dominic Fontenot. He has also been blessed with 5 great granddaughters; Gabriella (8) & Isabella (4) Briggs, Elizabeth Fontenot (5), and Julia (23 mos) & Teresa (6 mos) Fontenot.
He resided in Fillmore, California at the time of his passing. Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn, Glendale, California.

There will be a reception at the Tam O'Shanter Inn 2980 Los Feliz Blvd. Los Angeles 90039 from 2:45 to 5:00