Dateline: June 5, 2008
Cruse, 60, of Flomot, died Sunday, June 1, 2008, after a five
year battle with melanoma.
Services were held at Flomot
Church of Christ on Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at 10 a.m. with Gerald Bedwell
and J. Henderson officiating. Graveside services followed at Flomot
Cemetery under the direction of Seigler Funeral Home.
He was born October 3, 1947, in
Matador, to Ray and Tommie Jo Cruse. He graduated from Flomot High School
in 1964, received an Associate Degree from Clarendon College, then a
Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University in 1970. He married his
sweetheart and lifelong companion, Judy Lynn Pitts at Matador on October
4, 1968. They lived in College Station, Slaton, Lubbock, and Plainview
before moving back to Flomot in 1978, where he lived his life as a farmer,
rancher, and family man. Although he had many hobbies and interests, his
passion was serving God and his family. He enjoyed hunting and fishing,
especially with his kids and grandchildren.
Donnie and Judy have five
children: Regina and her husband, Chad Seward of Goldthwaite, Brand and
Jodi Cruse of Turkey, Chancy and Christie Cruse of Clarendon, Roegan Cruse
of Flomot, and Talon and Chris Cruse of Flomot. They have seven
grandchildren: Allison, Quaid, and Macy Seward; Branson, Baylor and
Brayson Cruse; Colton Cruse, and another Baby Cruse expected in October.
He is also survived by his mother,
Tommie Jo Cruse, brother Darrell Cruse and his wife Brenda, sisters Darla
and husband James Gwinn, Deidra and husband Larry Clifton, Derinda and
husband Mark Patton, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous good
friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Ray Cruse, and his
The family requests that memorials
be made to Flomot Cemetery Association or Hospice Hands of West Texas,
which has been immensely helpful and supportive in our time of need.
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