On January 2, 2019, Elder Cruz Almanza Jr. went home to be with the Lord.

He was born July 7, 1948 in Pharr, Texas. He was a long-time resident of Soledad and Gonzales, CA. He was the Pastor to Soledad Apostolic Faith Tabernacle Chruch since 1986.

He was a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather.

Pastor Cruz Almanza Jr. is survived by his wife of 49 years Yolanda Valverde Almanza; son Cruz Almanza III; daughters Yvette Almanza (Isaac Banuelos), Cynthis Almanza, Drucilla Almanza (Jose Sanchez).

He had 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Cruz and Julie Almanza, brother Cecil Almanza and sisters Socorro Diaz, Alejandra Alvarez, Naomi Caldera and Julie Almanza.

Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 7pm at the YMCA Community Center, 560 Walker Dr., Soledad CA 93960.

Services will be held Saturday January 12, 2019 at 10am at Echoes Calvary Church, 1025 Post Dr., Salinas CA 93907.

Graveside service immediately after at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 18200 Damian Way, Prunedale CA 93907.

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