Santos “Shorty” De La Cruz

Santos “Shorty” De La Cruz, 91, resident of Bacliff Texas passed away November 27, 2019. He was born in Mission, Texas May 26, 1928. He was a butcher by trade and later in life worked as owner of his own landscaping business. He was a hardworking man, always wanting to provide for family. He loved being around people and there was never a stranger he met. He had amazing people skills and that’s what made him special. His beliefs were, God first, family and friends. Santos was a member of Pine Drive Baptist church where later he was baptized. He loved going to church. During the week days he would spend time at the senior center.  He loved to dance and play games. He will always be remembered as a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Santos was preceded in death by his parents; two previous wives, Rosa G. De La Cruz and Helen De La Cruz; brother, Carlos De La Cruz, Larwil, Indiana and sister, Olivia Ramos, Edinburg, Texas, son, lsrael G. Cortez League City, Texas, daughter, Dalia G. (Darlene) Hickman, Leesville Louisiana.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Milton De La Cruz; daughters, Adela Pate, Juanita Anna De La Cruz and stepdaughter Krystal Muske (Gary); sons, Santos J. De La Cruz (Dolores) and Lorenzo De La Cruz (Esmeralda); numerous grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, Texas with Pastor Ted Duck officiating.


  1. Hello. I was a daughter in law of Carlos and Elvira DeLaCruz. I was married to their youngest son Eugenio (Gene). We had 2 children together, Jeremy and Jaclyn. On behalf of my family, I wanted to send my condolences. I was honored to meet Santos and Helen years ago. I am praying for comfort during your time of sorrow.

    Jeri DeLaCruz
  2. My brother Larry, our condolences and may God give u the strength thru these days. God Bless, Ruben and Matie

    Ruben Rosas
  3. I was introduced to Santos by my Mama (Mary Staudt) who knew Santos for a long time. We would go by his home and visit with him and just talk up a storm. Occasionally, we would meet him & Gloria for lunch. I will cherish those memories of Santos. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. May GOD give you peace and strength during this difficult time. Santos is now dancing on the streets of gold with my Mama!

    Bitsey Mendez

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