Obituary: Paul Joseph Cruz, Jr.
Paul Joseph Cruz was born to Apolonio Paul Cruz Sr. and Kay Cruz on December 12, 1976 in of Craig, Colorado. Even as a child, Paul’s passion and excitement for life was undeniable. His smile and youthful energy could brighten any room.
Throughout Paul’s life, he loved a wide variety of activities including golf, fishing, hunting, woodworking, snowboarding, bowling, playing pool, rock climbing, dancing and listening to Bob Marley. Paul’s skills in the kitchen were something that he loved to share, which was a win-win for everyone around. Martial arts played a huge role in Paul’s life from a very young age, and remained a key element in every aspect through the end.
Paul took great pride in everything he did, from painting houses to working on automobiles. He always had the latest technology, knowing the tips and tricks of every feature the latest technology was capable of. He enjoyed a good challenge, and approached life in a way that nothing seemed impossible. Paul studied at Metro State University following high school.
One trait that stood out in Paul was his willingness to go the extra mile for friends and family alike. His heart of gold would shine when he had the opportunity to lend a hand, often putting his projects on the backburner in order to help those around him. He had the greatest love for people, and a smile that lit up any room he was in.
In 2011, Paul founded Northwest Colorado Tae Kwon Do/Hapkido. He proudly served the Craig community through teaching the core principles of martial arts, not just as an activity, but as a way of life. His commitment to his dojo partners and students was unrelenting. An honorable reflection of his 30 years of training.
Bonnie, Bethany’s daughter, was a student of Paul’s 2013. Over the course of time, Bethany and Paul formed a love that was everlasting. Bonnie, Bethany and Paul were united as a family on July 2, 2016.
Paul is survived by his beloved wife, Bethany Cruz; daughter, Bonnie Britt; mother, Kay Cruz; brother, Norman Cruz; sister-in-law, Cassandra Cruz; niece, Rebecca Cruz; nephew, Daniel Cruz; nephew, Norman Cruz Jr.; father & mother-in-law, Gerry & Karen LaBonte; sister-in-law & family, Briana Thad, Brantley, Teigann & Brayden White; brother-in-law & family, Bruce, Jeranna, Colby, Madilyn, Cidney, Brooke, Jacob and Josiah Hale; and many loving family members, friends and members of the community.
On April 20, 2019, Paul Joseph Cruz joined his ancestors. He will be missed by all who he impacted throughout his 42 years of life.
Paul’s service was on April 28, 2019 at 4 p.m. at The Journey at the First Baptist. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making donations to the Paul Cruz Memorial Fund at The Bank Of The San Juans or donations will be accepted at Grant Mortuary.