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 Deacon Michael Cruz, 63, was called to his eternal rest on May 8 at his home in Riverside.

 He was born in Los Angeles on May 24, 1954 and was ordained a Permanent Deacon by Bishop Gerald Barnes on Nov. 6, 2010 and served at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Riverside.

 He is survived by Patricia, his wife of 45 years, their two sons Ramon and Andrew, daughters-in-law Tanya and Veronica, grandchildren, Keira, Celeste, Lauryn, Anthony, Andrew and Angel and brother Steven and his wife Lisa Cruz.

 Funeral Mass took place on May 19 at St. Thomas the Apostle, Riverside and Committal was at Crestlawn Cemetery, Riverside.