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Daniel John Cruz


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Daniel John Cruz Obituary
Cruz, Daniel John
left us on April 26, 2016 at the age of 37. He is survived by his parents, Eileen and Eloy Cruz, his sister Mandy, his niece Alycia, his nephew Jordan, his godparents Helen and Ron Piceno, his girlfriend Taryn Telles and many aunts, uncles and cousins who loved him very much. Daniel was born July 3, 1978, in Globe, Arizona and attended Ironwood High School in Glendale, AZ. He attended the United States Air Force Academy graduating in 2001. He took pilot training in Columbus, MS., and became an A-10 Jet (Warthog) pilot. He was stationed in OSAN, South Korea and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. He was deployed to Afghanistan three times where he received the Bronze Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor. Before retirement from active duty, Daniel worked as an A-10 Instructor Pilot. He then became an instructor teaching students on the A-10 simulators. Visitation occurred in Tucson on Saturday, May 7th at Angel Valley Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday May 13th at the Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel, in Colorado Springs, CO. Concluding service and interment with Military Honors at the USAF Academy Cemetery.
Published in The Arizona Republic on May 11, 2016
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