Frank (also known as “Squinqui,” a nickname given him by our grandfather, Tucson pioneer Eduardo Grijalva Cruz) was a loving brother who lived his life to the best of his ability and means. He was born premature and lived with challenges that did not hinder his ability to be a family man and a dedicated and hard-working employee in local hotels and hospitals. Using public transportation and often walking to work, he was known to be a tireless employee. A generous person with a great sense of humor and a cooking skill that all our family enjoyed for decades, Frank had a gift for preparing traditional Tucson Mexican dishes taught to him by our beloved grandmother and Tucson pioneer, Nana Amelia Verdugo Cruz. Just a couple of weeks ago, this Christmas, we were eating his tasty home home-made Tucson style tamales de chile colorado, in Tucson and Northern Virginia. Over the years he also provided the food for many family weddings and gatherings.
The fourth of eight siblings, Frank was well known by family friends and family members in Barrio Hollywood and in Barrio Anita, especially when he was growing up. He quickly made friends with neighbors in the apartment buildings where he lived. Frank graduated from the TUSD Special Education High School.
Our dear and saintly brother suffered from illness for many years, but celebrated his life with humor, hope, and prayer. Rest in peace beloved brother, you were a joy and a wonderful friend in your life journey with us. We will miss you,
Your brothers and sisters