Claude Cruz Wathen III, a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church for more than 35 years and a Knight of Columbus for more than 43 years, died at the age of 66 on August 21, 2006.
Cruz, who became a Knight on April 1, 1963, joined St. Patrick Council 10567 several years ago as part of the establishment of a Parish Round Table between St. Patrick and St. Stanislaus. He was an active member of Council 10567 and a member of Bishop Joseph A. Durick Fourth Degree Assembly 2399 after he made his Fourth Degree on February 26, 2005.
Cruz was married for 42 years to Thomasine Wathen and they had four children: Christopher Wathen; Elizabeth Tucker; Katherine Aiken; and Claude Cruz (Boogie) Wathen, IV. Cruz had six grandchildren at the time of his death: Christopher Jr., Nicole Wathen, Amanda Chandler, Courtney Chandler, Victoria Tucker, and Blaine Tucker.
Cruz retired from Liberty National Life Insurance Company after more than 25 years of service. He officiated high school football for 25 years. Cruz was an officer of the Fairfield Elks Lodge and a member of the Fairfield Moose Lodge. Cruz also taught insurance classes at UAB for several years prior to his death.
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Shirley Goolsby:“I had the privilege of attending St. Stanislaus Church with Cruz and his family for several years before coming to St. Patrick's. Without a doubt, he was one of the finest and faith-filled men I have ever known. I served as President of the Ladies Altar Society at the same time he was President of the Men's Group - and I have never worked with a more devoted person. In recent years too, I know he has been the "backbone of St. Stanislaus". He will be missed by all of us former and present St. Stanislaus parishioners. I truly believe that Cruz was a Saint among us and is now in Heaven praying for all of us. I pray that God will give his family the strength they need at this time.”--Shirley Goolsby