Mathew Philip Cruz, 41, loved God and went home to be with his Lord and Savior on March 24, 2020. He was born on May 10, 1978 in Walnut Creek, Calif., to Philip and Louella Cruz.
Mathew grew up in the Galt Area and attended St. Anne’s, Greer Middle and was part of Galt High Class of 1996. He went on to Santa Rosa Jr. College to complete his certification in culinary arts. He later went to Western Career College and earned a medical assisting certificate.
Mathew was an avid sports fan who loved his Yankees and 49ers. Mathew also loved basketball and spent many restless nights out on a half court his parents built for him growing up. He coached several youth basketball teams in his 20s and, even in his 40s, he was always down for a pick-up game with friends, strangers or his nephews.
Mathew was a kind soul who would help anyone in need without judgment. Mathew never met a stranger he didn’t like, and he never met a soul that he couldn’t say something kind about.
Preceding Mathew in death were his paternal grandparents, Dionicio and Mercedes Cruz; maternal grandparents, Andrew Sr. and Minnie Martinez; uncles, Andrew Jr. and Karl Martinez; and aunts, Ann Espinoza and Pauline Cortez.
Surviving him are parents Philip and Louella Cruz, sister Nicole (Donald) Silvey, brother James Garcia and nephews Brady Stout, Devin Stout and Donald Silvey Jr.; his girlfriend Amy Buenrostro also survives him.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Epilepsy Foundation of America.
During this time of social distancing, the Cruz family has opted to postpone a celebration of life for Mathew until folks can hug and closely enjoy each other as Mathew would’ve wanted. The family will post when they set a date.