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Retired Lieutenant Colonel David Cruz

April 18, 1952 – Dec. 8, 2013
"The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long." Quoted from Lao Tzu Tao 
David Dylan Cruz, "Big Papi", 61 years young, from Vallejo, passed early in the morning on Sunday, Dec. 8 in Sacramento. He peacefully passed in his sleep due to natural causes arising from injuries sustained during his military service in Iraq complicated by a history of coronary artery disease. A husband, son, father, brother and warrior, David was heroic by nature. Blessed with good looks, a quick wit, and smooth dance moves he was the epitome of tall, dark and handsome. Born in New York City to Isabello and Nelli Cruz from Puerto Rico, David was a standout high school basketball player for Hawthorne Cedar Knolls winning the Tri-State High School Championship. He graduated with a Bachelors from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 1985 where he then joined the US Army Airborne. A twice decorated officer he traveled the world during the following campaigns: 1989 Panama's Just Cause, 1999 Kosovo, 2004 Iraq, 2006 Philippines-Zamboango. David will always be remembered for his offbeat sense of humor, and antics especially when he was singing karaoke or bowling. David was an avid Yankees fan and loved to watch his favorite NFL teams notably the 49ers, Chiefs, Patriots, Cowboys and Steelers. 
He will be missed by his wife, Karen Torrey-Cruz; son, Dylan Cruz; daughter, Monet Cruz; and sister, Eva Cruz Marshall wife of Rob Marshall and stepchildren, Candace and James Torrey. 
A viewing will begin at 11 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m., with full military honors on Saturday, Dec. 21, at Skyview Memorial Chapel, 200 Rollingwood Drive, Vallejo, a reception will immediately follow the service. 
David's final internment will be at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Rd., Dixon.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of Skyview Memorial Lawn. 707-644-7474.

Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Dec. 18, 2013
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