Roy Santa Cruz, Jr. passed away Feb. 15, 2013 at Banner Thunderbird in Glendale, Ariz. Roy was born in Globe, Ariz. on March 23, 1925.
He enjoyed a happy, successful life in Superior, Ariz., where he went to school and worked as a copper miner.
He served with honor in the Navy during WWII and in the Army during the Korean War.
Stories were retold of his adventures and acts of heroism during these years. He would often share the fact that he surged through five invasions, having seen enough decimation that his children or grandchildren should never have to go through.
During his career he represented the United Steel Workers of America as the Sub-District Director for the Western U.S. To be around Roy was to be infused with his passion for workers’ rights and the responsibility of political duty.
He leaves his wife of 35 years, Francis Santa Cruz. He bids farewell to his loving children: Ronald Gomez, Michael Roy Santa Cruz, Gilbert Steven Santa Cruz, Therese Santa Cruz, Camille Santa Cruz, Anthony Santa Cruz and Robin Stowe; step-children, Arthur Livario, Carla Stone, and Adrienne Valdez; sisters, Margaret Santa Cruz of Las Vegas, Nev. and Anna Tiscareno of San Clemente, Calif.
Twenty grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, many cousins, nieces and nephews also survive Roy, as well as a step-grandson who is serving in the U.S. military, in Afghanistan.
He shared not only his presence, but his life experiences, personal convictions and hopes for a better world we live in. His passions for these were obvious to anyone who spent time with him.
We cannot forget to mention his most loved companions for more than 15 years — his dogs, Ricky, Rocky and Rosie, who were his four-legged children.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Esperanza Santa Cruz; sister, Avelia Rubio; brothers, Charles and Robert; and his first wife, Jessie Santa Cruz.
Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at St. Frances of Assisi Catholic Church in Superior, Ariz., with Rosary at 10 a.m. and Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m.
Interment to follow at Fairview Cemetery in Superior, Ariz.
Please join us in a Celebration of Roy’s life with a luncheon at Los Hermanos Hall in Superior after interment.
Visit the online memorial at Superiorfuneral.com.