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PAST NATIONAL PRESIDENT CARLOS CRUZ

PAST NATIONAL PRESIDENT CARLOS CRUZ

Carlos Cruz a lifetime member and past National President passed away on August 6, 2016.  Carlos was born in New York City on June 30, 1940.  He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and spent time at various places.  He often talked about his time in Japan.  Upon his release from active duty, he joined the California Highway Patrol.  He was one of the initial members of NLPOA and was the National President twice.  When he retired from the CHP he went back to school and earned a degree in Fashion Design. He had been a tailor in New York City and after graduation, continued his passion in Camarillo California. In 2009 he affiliated with the NLPOA Ventura County Chapter and immediately became involved in all of their activities. He served as the 2nd Vice President for several terms. In 2010 at a chapter function, he met his wife Jackie and they were soon married. Carlos was an avid runner and competed in the California Police and Fire games for many years winning numerous medals.  A memorial scholarship has been established by the NLPOA Ventura County Chapter in honor of Carlos Cruz.

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