Francisco passed away peacefully after a long illness at NorthBay Medical Center on June 10, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on January 11, 1931, in Yona, Guam, to parents Manuel Borja Cruz and Demetila Quitugua Cruz.
He entered the United States Navy in September 1953 and served honorably until his retirement in September 1975. His last tour of duty was aboard the USS Hancock (CV-19). After serving 22 years with the U.S. Navy, he was employed by H.K. Ferguson Construction Company and then by Anheuser-Busch. He retired from Anheuser-Busch in May 1992 after working there 15 years.
He was an avid gardener and truly enjoyed the company of his family, friends and grandchildren. He also enjoyed socializing and dancing at parties with family and friends. He was a longstanding parishioner of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and served as an usher for many years. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 58 years, Providena; sons, Francis (Debbie), Paul (Patricia), James (Cindy) and Jesse (Kristina Cullen); daughter, Mary (Joseph Tydingco); grandsons, James Louis, Justin, Sean (Sarah), Thomas, Matthew, Brendan, Zachary, Cameron, Michael, Parker (Rike) and Michael (Tydingco); great-grandsons: Jacob, Jordan and Noah; siblings, Ramon (Lorenza), Manuel (Carmen), Fidela, Obedulia (Don Henderson); sisters–in-law, Mary Naputi, Veronica Blas, Emilia Gamboa, Dolores (Pascual Sablan), Victoria (Rudy Castro) and Martina Cruz; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his parents, brothers and sisters, Cristobal, Santiago, Enrique, Dimas, Jesus, Pedro, Lourdes and Teresita.
Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. with a rosary starting at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 2700 Dover Ave., Fairfield, Calif. Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 16, 2014, at OLMC. Burial will be at Fairmont Memorial Park, 1901 Union Ave., Fairfield, Calif. A reception will follow at OLMC Golden Dome.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to OLMC Building Fund or the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
The family is grateful to the NorthBay Medical Center staff for their excellent care and services they provided during his brief stay at the hospital. Special thanks to Fairview Comfort Home Health providers for their excellent care of Francisco Cruz during his extended stay.
Arrangements under the care of Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, 1850 W. Texas St., Fairfield, Calif. 94533, www.bryanbraker.com.