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Kerrville, TX  78028
Thursday, June 6, 2024
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909 Main St.
Kerrville, TX  78028
Friday, June 7, 2024
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3250 Fredericksburg Rd.
Kerrville, TX  78028
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Cruz H. Lara Jr.

of Kerrville, TX

April 11, 1941 - May 31, 2024

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Cruz H. Lara, Jr., 83, of Kerrville, TX, passed away peacefully on Friday morning May 31, 2024 in Kerrville, TX. He was born in Kerrville to Cruz B. Lara, Sr. and Margarita H. Lara on April 11, 1941.

As a youngster Cruz worked with his family as a seasonal worker picking cotton, potatoes and onions in the fields of West Texas, Lubbock, Anton, Rotan, Littlefield, Brownfield and Hereford. Though many may be embarrassed to admit they had to work the fields of Texas, Cruz was proud of it, as it was a testament to his hard work ethic and devotion to help support his family. During his teen years, Cruz often worked as a caddy at Scott Schreiner Golf Course during the summer. In his young adult years, Cruz briefly worked for the Coke A Cola Bottling Co, Faucet Home Furnishings and with various local construction crews. He worked as a test driver for West Texas Test Fleet for three years and at Blackwell Wool and Mohair. Additionally, Cruz worked with his father sheep and goat sheering throughout the Hill Country. Often both Cruz and his father would be contracted to grade wool and mohair for weeks on end in various towns in Texas. Towards the end of Cruz's work career, he worked and retired from Mount Wesley Conference Center.

Cruz lived his years in Kerrville with the love of the Texas Hill Country and was a member of the Notre Dame Catholic Church.

Cruz was preceded in death by his parents, Cruz B. Lara Sr. and Margarita H. Lara; and his brothers, Tony Lara and Joe Lara.

Cruz is survived by his ex-wife, Paulette Sanchez; their daughter, Julie Lara (Richard Burton); grandchildren, Clayton Garcia (Sara), Cameo Gennaro (Justin Garza), William Brown and Megan Brown (Jose Sanchez); great-grandsons, Julian Bishop Valming and (baby) Cruz Carlos Garcia; brothers, John Lara (Tina) and Charlie Lara; sisters, Lydia Barron, Olivia Ozuna (Ted), Ester Mora (Donnie), Florence Menchaca (Edward), Mary Ayala (Ed); as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Rosary will be at 6 PM, Thursday, June 6, 2024 at Grimes Funeral Chapels, officiated by Deacon Jimmy Bill.

Funeral service will be held at 10 AM, Friday, June 7, 2024 at Notre Dame Catholic Church with Father Rafal Duda as celebrant. Interment will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery.

Julie wishes to extend her sincere thanks to Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital staff, Hilltop Village Nursing and Rehab staff, River Hills Health and Rehabilitation staff, and Alamo Hospice staff. Special thank you to her daughter and son, Cameo Gennaro and William Brown for their love and support of their grandfather, her daughter, Megan Brown who assisted with her grandfather's bedside care while at Peterson Hospital, close family friend, Robbie Hurt for his numerous visits, prayers and assistance in feeding Cruz while at hospital and nursing home, her son Clayton Garcia as he assisted in the home health care of his grandfather, and most importantly to her mother Paulette Sanchez and Julie's boyfriend Richard Burton for their love, support and providing endless assistance in the 24 hr home health care of her father Cruz H. Lara, Jr.

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8 Condolence(s)
Rose H Grube
Round Rock, TX
Friday, June 7, 2024

My sincere condolences to the Lara Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Yoli Munix
Austin, TX
Wednesday, June 5, 2024

My deepest sympathies go out to my cousin Cruz, Jrโ€™s Family and friends. Cousin Cruz absolutely loved life! The fond memories I have of him will remain forever remain in my heart, especially those times we shared with him while visiting my uncle Cruz. He most definitely was a conversationalist! Laughter was a gift he shared with others. On one occasion, he had my husband John and I literally in stitches as he shared with us the fact that he had just discovered that the cemetery plot he had originally selected would not provide enough shade for him in the afternoons. Because of that, he selected one under a shade tree. His method of storytelling was so genuine and loving! โ€ฆ please know that we are all praying for you. May God give each of you His peace in your soul and his dying love during this difficult time. God bless Cousin Cruzโ€™s memory.

Maria F Rico (Flora Sanchez)
Kerrville, TX
Tuesday, June 4, 2024

My most sincere condolences and heartfelt prayersto Cruz's family and friends.
This scripture has given me much comfort and I hope it will give you all the comfort and peace that God in His Love and Mercy will provide.
Ecclesiastes 12:7
"The dust shall return to the ground as it was and the spirit shall return to God who gave it."
Think of Cruz happily meeting God face to face and having a blessed reunion with his parents and brothers and others he knew in his lifetime.

Nelda Rodriguez Dimery
Austin / Kerrville, TX
Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Cruz Jr: to your loved ones, brothers and
sisters, my condolences and prayers.

Rest in Peace ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’

Vera Castillo
Universal City, TX
Monday, June 3, 2024

Words r not enough to ease the Loss of Cousin Crus, Jr. I will remember him always wearing a BIG SMILE. Didnโ€™t spend enough Family-time with him as my Sis Bea who shared with me when I called to inform her of his passing. Unfortunately
due to her health, she canโ€™t attend but sends her Sympathy to All the Lara Family.
May he Rest in Eternal Peace and may his Memories be a โ€œ Keepsake โ€œ that u carry with you everywhere you go ! Condolences to Daughter, Julie, & her Family
And all my Cousins, Lydia, Olivia, Esther, Florence, Mary, John & Charlie.
Love ๐Ÿ’• to All โ€ฆ.. Cousin, Vera๐Ÿ™โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ™

Gina Barrera
Universal City, TX
Monday, June 3, 2024

May Gods Perpetual Light shine upon him. Sending our condolences to all of the Lara family.

Pedro (Pete) Guerrero
Sunday, June 2, 2024

May God embrace Cruz Lara Jr. lovingly in eternal life and bring peace and comfort to the Lara family and friends. RIP

Paulette Sanchez
513 Ruth St Kerrville, TX
Friday, May 31, 2024

My Dear Cruz, thank you being my Husband and for our beautiful Daughter Julie. We have a lovely family with four Grandchildren and two Great Grandsons. You were a man of respect and honor, a good Christian and friend to others. You will always be in our hearts.